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Is Zero-Drop Right For You?

If you’ve been hearing about ‘minimalist’ or ‘zero-drop’ shoes and you’re interested in dipping your toes in the barefoot pond but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Transitioning to zero-drop is fairly simple, but like anything, it’s important that it’s done correctly. If not done correctly, transitioning to zero-drop can cause more harm than good when it comes to the health of your foot. But first, let’s figure out if zero-drop is right for you.

Zero-Drop Might Be Right For You If…

You keep getting nagged about your posture

If you find that you generally walk slumped in a way that might resemble a caveman (no offense), zero-drop shoes are probably something you could benefit from. Because of the way zero-drop shoes place your heel, it aligns your spine, helping you walk like, you know, less of a caveman.

You Prefer To Not Be Injured

Unless you need an excuse to get out of the potato sack race at a family reunion, it’s realistic to assume that you try to avoid injury. Zero-drop shoes effect the way you step, and because they lack cushioning, this changes the way your heel strikes the ground, which in turn helps to reduce knee injuries. 

You Like To Feel The Ground

This one might be less of a no-brainer, but if you’re going to be out in nature running, hiking, or just exploring in general, you might want to be able to actually feel nature. Some Lems lovers have found that it helps to motivate them through their adventure. Who knew?

These are just a drop in the bucket of the great reasons to potentially move over to a zero-drop shoe. If you’re ready to begin the transition, we recommend starting with a shoe like the Mesa or Trailhead, that feature a 4mm drop, before moving into a zero-drop shoe like the ChukkaPrimal 2, Boulder Boot, Mariner or Nine2Five.  

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