Split Toe Running Shoes -- Are they good for your feet?

Split-Toe Running Shoe: Will It Catch On?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Split-toe running shoes: Will they Catch On?There seems to be no end to the running craze. Running continues to grow in popularity all over the country and so do the accessories that go along with it.

For example, there are running shorts, running shoes, running socks, running hats, stopwatches, water bottles, heart-rate monitors, reflective bands, and even speed-resistance parachutes. You didn’t see that one coming, did you?

Well, allow me to introduce you the newest running accessory: the split-toe shoe or the split-toe running shoe, to be exact.

And to be totally accurate, they are not exactly “new.” Shigeki Tanak, the Japanese runner who won the 1951 Boston Marathon, ran in a pair.

These shoes feature a separate pocket for the big toe. The design is based on the premise that it allows the runner to move the big toe more independently, thereby leveraging the strength of it. Your big toe is crucial to your balance and agility.

They are the brainchild of Tony Post,  former CEO of  Vibram, the company that made the “five-fingers” shoe—this shoe looked like a glove for your foot and was designed to be more of a minimalist running shoe. This shoe was either loved or hated by runners…no middle ground here!

Post shares the following about the split-toe shoe, “It allows you to run in a more natural way. …when it feels more like a part of your body, you feel lighter, faster, and more nimble.” Post also states that this shoe is not part of a barefoot line, but rather an incredibly lightweight shoe designed to enhance the biomechanics of your feet.

Lighter, faster, and more nimble—these are certainly adjectives all runners aspire to, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the verdict is from actual runners themselves. Stay tuned… 

If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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