1- Foot-shaped design: A shoe should mimic the ‘fan-shape’ of a healthy unshod foot i.e. the widest part of the shoe should be the distance from the base of the great toe to the tip of the smallest toe (the toe-box). ‘Wide’ shoes that are not foot shaped are just as harmful to foot function as narrow shoe-shaped shoes.
2- Flat sole: The weight–bearing area of the sole should be flat to the floor to provide maximum surface area.
3- No toe-spring: The toes can only perform their stabilising role if they are in contact with the ground.
Choosing a shoe size based on the millimetres thickness of the sole belittles the experience of wearing Joe Nimble functional footwear. For those who need to know the thickness of our soles:
Our footbed system allows the wearer to adjust the footwear's characteristics to suit their individual health and activity:
No, Joe Nimble's ladies shoes are the same width as mens shoes (for the same size). All Joe Nimble functional footwear follow the toefreedom principle developed by Christian Baer more than 30 years ago.