That’s One for Minimalism

Minimalist runners have long believed that modern footwear is unduly constrictive and keeps our feet and ankles from properly developing, and now there’s a study that minimalist (i.e. flexible) footwear is preferable in those just learning to walk. The thinnest and most flexible shoes increased plantar loading, giving mechanical feedback that enhanced proprioception, “a desirable attribute for children learning to walk.”