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The popularity of the "barefoot" running movement continues to rapidly expand as athletes from all sports begin to shed their traditional training shoes for footwear that closely mimics the barefoot running experience. Minimalist footwear is designed to allow the foot maximum freedom of movement and articulation while providing a degree of protection for the underfoot. Being both flexible and low to the ground, they provide a more natural gait of movement and the sensation that one is actually barefoot. The thought process behind minimalist footwear is to reduce initial joint impact by creating a shoe that allows for a more natural foot motion - ultimately increasing running performance and decreasing the risk of injury.

mini-milADD-smallIf you are wearing the MINI-MiL® for the first time or have not previously trained in minimalist footwear,we encourage a very gradual transition as you will be using new muscles in the feet and lower legs.  

Even if you're a veteran runner who is used to running in lightweight shoes, you should take caution when transitioning to a more minimalist type of shoe or boot.  You're bound to engage muscles in your feet, lower legs and core differently than you're used to, partially because you'll be landing less on your heel with a braking angle and more near your midfoot with a more level landing. That will require a period of adjustment, especially if you haven't been doing general strength or dynamic strength exercises.

Don’t expect to put on the MINI-MiL® and run a long distance right away. You need to slowly build up your mileage with this boot. We recommend wearing the MINI-MiL® for 1 – 2 hour intervals the first few weeks.  Gradually increase usage as your body strengthens and adapts.
If you’re interested in reading more about minimalist footwear, we highly recommend the following articles:

Footwear-1 Footwear Primary Cause of Foot Disorders (Rossi)
Footwear-2 Why Shoes Make Normal Gait Impossible (Rossi)
Footwear-3 International Performance In Sport Conference 2006 Hartmann
Footwear-4 NRC Booklet Healthy Feet NA

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How long will it take for me to transition into wearing the MINI-MiL®?

Depending on the individual, their foot type, and the activities being performed while wearing the MINI-MiL®, the transition period can be anywhere from a couple of weeks to more than a year.  As you gradually continue to train in the MINI-MiL®, your muscles will strengthen and become more conditioned to the enhanced foot mechanics developed while wearing the MINI-MiL®.  Just be sure to listen to your body and not overdo it.

Is it normal for my feet to hurt after wearing the MINI-MiL®?

If you are not a conditioned minimalist runner who has never trained in minimalist footwear prior to wearing the MINI-MiL®, an adjustment period is normal at first as your feet and lower legs increase strength and mobility.   Transition slowly to build strength on your lower legs and feet and within a couple weeks, any discomfort experienced should gradually decrease.  

What size should I order in the MINI-MiL®?

Due to the wider shape of the toe box, we have found that the MINI-MiL® tends to run on the small/short side.  For this reason, we recommend customers order a half size up from your normal shoe size.  For instance, if you wear a size 10, then we would recommend you order a 10.5 in the MINI-MiL®.

I wear orthotics.  Can I still wear the MINI-MiL®?

Minimalist footwear is designed to promote better foot mechanics naturally; therefore, is meant to be worn directly against the sole of your foot as if you were moving barefoot.  An orthotic is an assertive device to support your foot’s function and help you compensate for any biological aberrations.  Attempting to utilize an orthotic with the MINI-MiL® would basically defeat its purpose.

What is “drop”?

“Drop” is referred to as the height differential between heel and mid-sole of a shoe.  For years, traditional training shoes have been built with a 12-15mm heel-toe differential. The moderate minimalist shoes typically have a 4-10mm heel-toe drop and zero-drop shoes are generally those that fall in the 0-4mm range.

What is the “drop” on the MINI-MiL® boots?

The MINI-MiL®has a drop of 2mm. The MINI-MiL® Transition has a 6mm drop.

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