Well, at least according to this lady.
Dr. Brenner recently contributed to an article on WebMD titled “The Worst Shoes For Your Feet”. We were completely blown away to see minimalist shoes as a group included in her list, and she specifically calls out FiveFingers.
The best part of it all may be this little writeup to go along with the photo:
Newer additions to the shoe scene are minimalist shoes. They aim to mimic the natural feel and mechanics of walking barefoot. Brenner is not impressed. “There’s no support for your heel or arch and no shock absorption,” she says. In addition, in some brands, the “fingers” separate the toes, interfering with the natural walking position.
Crazy right!?! I mean… shoes that mimic the natural feel and mechanics of walking barefoot? How dare they claim to be good for your feet! [sarcasm]
I also find it ironic that she feels that your toes being spread out is bad. Maybe she should take a look at this post, which has photos of feet that have never worn shoes. Those toes are very spread out.
Dr. Brenner certainly gets around in the publicity realm, as a quick google search of her name brought up her contributions to foot issues on Oprah.com, FoxNews.com, AOLNews.com, and other publications. She seems to be a big supporter of arch support, foot padding, orthotics, and anything else that takes away from the natural abilities of your feet. To borrow her phrase, “I’m not impressed”.
I’m sure Dr. Hillary Brenner means well, and has great credentials, but I’ll side with the research of these guys.
Rant over. Steps off soapbox.