“A sports shoe with a lot of arch support might not be such a great idea,” – Robin Huw Crompton, University of Liverpool
Humans are dynamic creatures individually and collectively. Variation is incredible and astonishing and no more so than in the feet. Wide, narrow, fallen arches, flat feet, collapsed arches, high insteps and high arches all co-exist within human populations. Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we appreciate the beauty of this variation in the human foot and recognise importance of letting your foot do its thing.
In a recent study Bates et al have shown, in this first quantitative analysis of relative mid-foot function during bipedal terrestrial locomotion, that somewhat unsurprisingly different people have different characteristic footprints but also each person also showed a high degree of foot flexibility and a lot of variation among footsteps over time.