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Natural walking sensation. In shoes that give you relaxation and comfort.

In The Beginning There Was Barefoot Advantages Of Toefreedom
Strength

Toefreedom promotes blood circulation, strengthens foot muscles and arches of the feet, as well as the bones in the foot and leg. This in turn can prevent injuries. 

Relaxation

Toefreedom ensures a gentler foot-strike, shock waves from the musculoskeletal system do not occur. This is evident in particular for shoes without heels. 

Balance

Toefreedom is the key to a stable footing and better posture. The body straightens up automatically and achieves a greater balance.

Relief Of Strain

Toefreedom supports the spine, trains muscles and the important venous valves. This relieves the strain placed on the entire body.

Naturalness

Toefreedom provides intensive, genuine feedback via the 200,000 nerve endings that respond to important stimuli in our feet.

 
In The Beginning There Was Barefoot Advantages Of Toefreedom
Strength

Toefreedom promotes blood circulation, strengthens foot muscles and arches of the feet, as well as the bones in the foot and leg. This in turn can prevent injuries. 

Relaxation

Toefreedom ensures a gentler foot-strike, shock waves from the musculoskeletal system do not occur. This is evident in particular for shoes without heels. 

Balance

Toefreedom is the key to a stable footing and better posture. The body straightens up automatically and achieves a greater balance.

Relief Of Strain

Toefreedom supports the spine, trains muscles and the important venous valves. This relieves the strain placed on the entire body.

Naturalness

Toefreedom provides intensive, genuine feedback via the 200,000 nerve endings that respond to important stimuli in our feet.

 
 
Walking Naturally – The Path Through History

From open-toe to toefreedom:
How mankind first invented the shoe and then became reasonable again.

In The Beginning There Was Freedom.
Our ancestor, the Homo Erectus, was the first jogger. Skeleton, muscles, tendons, all perfectly developed for walking and running. Especially the foot: 28 bones, 31 joints, 29 muscles and enough adipose tissue. The arches of the feet and achilles tendons ensure shock absorption. 200,000 nerve endings feel the ground. At that time human beings were the world's best endurance runners: invincible barefoot.

From Protective Fur To The First Shoe.
When Neanderthals hunted mammoths, the last ice age prevailed in Europe and western Asia. Animal hides protected the feet against frost and were moulded into boots. At the same time the precursor to loafers developed in warmer regions. And sandals, an offshoot of tropical palm leaves, which were tied under the feet. Homo sapiens stepped into the first pair of shoes roughly 40,000 years ago.

Form Follows Foot.
There was footwear for everyone in ancient times. Egyptians and Romans successfully combined soles and straps. The Roman version resembles today's sandals. This type of shoe, which was common between 450 and 45 BC, was the first footwear which was actually adapted to the shape of the foot. The toes had sufficient space - but then fashion took command.

Constricted And Pointed.
In the High Middle Ages feet fell victim to fashionable preferences. For example, oriental-style crakows were bent upwards at the front, pointed and far too narrow. Then there were also the heels. Those who had to work, however, went barefoot: Very wide, flat footwear was worn especially in the 16th century. Cow-mouth shoes, bear paws – those were their nicknames.

The Comeback Of Toe Freedom.
Sandals, ankle boots, loafers ... in the 19th century our trendy shoe styles emerged. With heels, narrow fit, rigid structure. The toes were pressed into the shoe shape like sardines in a tin. But strong resistance appeared at the beginning of the 1980s. In Germany, pain-troubled Swabian Christian Bär developed a shoe with uncompromising toe freedom. 

Because It's Simply Logical.
Today the BÄR company is successful worldwide. Because the advantages of toe freedom can be felt from the first step. Toe freedom makes long days in the office easier, pushes marathon runners forward and gives parkour tracers lift off. The focus is on the running experience and the deeply rooted sense of freedom. Toe freedom grants this experience. 

Facts About Feet

Wearing the wrong type of footwear can damage your health. The foot is a true marvel of evolution.

60% 
of adults have problems with their feet. 
Only 1% are affected in childhood. The varied problems include bunions, hammer toes, heel spurs or ball deformities.

Source: German Report on Children's Feet 2010

Over 80%
of feet problems can be traced back to improper footwear or shoes that are too tight. According to a study conducted by the University of Alabama, the number of injuries caused by high-heels almost doubled from 2002 to 2012.

Sources: German Foot Report 2010, Insurance Journal

 
 
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Toefreedom – What The Experts Say

Feet need space and air to breathe!

Ewa Drewniak, Podiatrist: 

"Feet want to see something of the world, they need space and air to breathe."
(Source: ksta.de)

Dirk Beckmann, Myofascial Therapist, Foot Expert and Author:

"Toefreedom is a genuine KILLER CRITERIA. The lack of space for the toes not only damages the arches of the feet and prevents walking naturally, it may also have a negative effect on posture. Many "lifestyle diseases" start at the foot with inadequate space for the toes."        

"If you prefer to sacrifice the arches of your feet for chic trends, go ahead. They are your feet."

"Imagine you would crush and bend your fingers like your toes. Narrow, improperly cut leather mittens tied to the ball of the thumb. Your completely stiffened and unmovable fingers would probably ensure you never play the piano or manufacture artistic craftwork again."

Prof. Dr. Ingo Froböse, Professor at the German Sport University, Cologne:

"A person's foot is made for walking barefoot."
(Source: ingo-froboese.de)

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Dr. Thomas Wessinghage, Orthopaedic Consultant, former European champion over 5,000 m: 

"Every brief barefoot moment is like a welcome portion of extra stimulation for the foot muscles. And ultimately it is like with the topic of bike instead of car: Every time you hop on the saddle instead of in the car, you are making a valuable contribution to your health. It is the exact same with barefoot footwear: If you always choose this over a classic shoe type, you are doing some good."
(Source: abendzeitung-muenchen.de)

German Shoe Institute: 

"Feet need room in front of the toes to move in the shoe. During the rolling of the foot when walking the feet naturally want to move forward. If this is prevented by shoes (also socks) which are too tight, then the toes are compressed with each movement.“ 
(Source: schuhinstitut.de)

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Since I have been wearing shoes with toefreedom, my feet are no longer tired – I no longer fear long periods of standing and tiring days in the office.

– User J. Digby –

After an operation I spent a great deal of time searching for appropriate footwear. I found that most ladies shoes are unfortunately too pointed. I need shoes that offer enough space for my toes and are not restrictive.

– User M. Clausen –

The shoes with toefreedom are the most comfortable shoes in my wardrobe. I no longer experience bunions and hammer toe. Simply fantastic!!!

– User Nevenka –

It does not necessarily always depend on the width of a shoe, but also on how much space one has at the front for the toes.

– User M. Volkers –

I have walked and walked and walked in my new shoes with toefreedom. I did not suffer tired, sore feet both when sightseeing (pavement) and in the zoo (also pavement). Pleasant toefreedom akin to walking on air.

– User Rosemarie T. –

The toefreedom makes it a pure pleasure to walk!

– User Karin –
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BÄR World

The principle of uncompromising toefreedom was developed by Christian Bär over 30 years ago. Find out more on the website of BÄR footwear.

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Joe Nimble World

Barefoot footwear by Joe Nimble® combines toefreedom with zero heels and flexible high-tech soles - for a unique and authentic walking experience. 

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