Our feet spend more than one third of our life in shoes. Shoes therefore play an important role when it comes to healthy exercise. Leisure shoes and clogs have to fulfil special requirements so that they are not just comfortable but also encourage exercise. This is why these shoes have been thoroughly designed through to the very last detail.
Walking barefoot strengthens the muscles in the feet and trains our sense of balance because we have to compensate for uneven floor or ground surfaces. But in our part of the world, it is rarely possible to walk barefoot. This is why it is so important for leisure shoes and leisure clogs to fit properly – in both length and width. An ideal fit depends on using the right lasts during the production process. The last should be based on the natural shape of the foot so that the shoes don't pinch and are neither too big nor too small.
The foot must have sufficient space to move while still being securely guided. This is the only way to avoid the splayed feet or fallen arches (colloquially also known as "flat feet") that trouble nearly half of the entire population in industrial countries. Sometimes insoles will be necessary to correct the position of the foot. This should also be possible in leisure shoes.
The last ensures that the shoe does not impair the natural shape of the foot. It also influences the natural way we roll our feet. In other words, walking and running in these shoes is great fun because you feel that they're good for your feet with every step you take. They form a solid basis for walking upright and guarantee optimum static and dynamic conditions for the body's entire posture and locomotor system. Clogs should always have a heel strap for this purpose.
Most shoes enclose the foot completely so that it is important to pay attention to good air circulation for the feet which discharge a not inconsiderable quantity of perspiration each day. Always therefore pay attention to permeable materials.
Great progress has been made in recent years in finding the perfect shoe. Developers and designers are gaining a better understanding of what is good for our feet. Shock absorption plays a quite crucial role. Good leisure shoes and leisure clogs take account of pressure distribution, walking and running speed together with walking and running style. More or less shock absorption is therefore provided for the different sections of the sole. Ideal examples include shoes and shoe soles that adapt to the foot individually according to body heat and body weight, such as the DUX Clog or the DUXfree Trainer by chung shi. The sole thus protects the locomotor system from extreme vibrations.
Thanks to the flexible structure, the muscles of the feet themselves have to provide the stability needed for walking and standing. In this context, experts talk about the way the ground surface provides what is known as tactile-proprioceptive stimulation for the soles of the feet. In other words, the feet are well protected but still able to perceive uneven floor or ground surfaces, so that the body can react accordingly as if walking barefoot. This not only strengthens the muscles in the feet but is also important for stabilising the corresponding joints as well.