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Chelsea Boot Waterproof

Men’s Lems I Chelsea Boot Waterproof | Correct Toes Approved

One of our favorite new boots this winter season is the Chelsea Boot from Lems. Built on the same wide last as the Primal Zen, the Chelsea Boot is foot-shaped with an anatomical toe box that should fit Correct Toes for most. This boot is zero-drop (no heel elevation) with a slight but flexible toe spring. And while the Lems Chelsea is more flexible than most boots, it’s a little more stable when compared to other barefoot, minimalist, and natural footwear. The11 mm stack height balances foot protection and sturdiness with proprioception and ground feel, making this a great boot for people used to more supportive footwear that are transitioning towards more natural shoes.

The full-grain oiled leather upper has a fully waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry in wet, wintry conditions. Lems Chelsea Boot also comes in a suede version without the waterproof membrane.
Mobility Proprioception

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

5

Proprioception

8

Total Score

8.4/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

5

Proprioception

8

Total Score

8.4/10

SOM

Unisex SOM Footwear I HiLite | Correct Toes Approved

Handmade in Colorado, Sense of Motion Footwear is designed with foot health in mind. The HiLite is SOM’s do-it-all mid-top shoe with a water-repellent, abrasion-resistant, breathable, quick-drying upper.

The rounded toe box is wide enough to fit Correct Toes for most people. They’re completely flat, with zero heel elevation and no toe spring. The 8 mm thick sole is protective, yet flexible, with a very flexible upper. One might consider these lightweight active shoes to be right on the line between a minimal sole and a transition shoe, making the HiLite a great footwear option for virtually everyone.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

8

Proprioception

8

Total Score

9.2/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

8

Proprioception

8

Total Score

9.2/10

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Kids’ Be Lenka I Jolly Correct Toes Approved

Both the Jolly & Play are premium leather barefoot shoes with foot-shaped design, wide toe box, zero-drop, and thin & flexible 6 mm soles are specially designed for kids’ growing feet. Barefoot shoes with a perfect blend of looks and functionality! Both shoes fasten with two velcro straps across the top of the foot. The Jolly is a more typical low-cut style, while the Play is more of the mid-top variety. Both are a perfect introduction into barefoot shoes for your little ones.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

10

Proprioception

10

Total Score

10/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

10

Proprioception

10

Total Score

10/10

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Unisex Feelgrounds I Chelsea | Correct Toes Approved

Our favorite pairs of natural footwear this winter are the Chelsea Boots from Feelgrounds. They have a wide, anatomically-shaped toe box that should comfortably fit Correct Toes for most people. The stack height is10 mm with a completely flat sole — no heel elevation or toe spring. These boots are moderately flexible overall but very flexible for a boot and have no arch support, which helps to allow for a more natural foot motion and posture.

The grippy tread on Feelgrounds Chelsea Boots is great for urban environments. The elastic ankle piece and convenient finger loop at the heel allow you to slip on the barefoot boots effortlessly without compromising style. With their velvety microfiber lining and soft, water-resistant vegan leather, the Feelgrounds Chelsea boots are your high-quality minimalist boots for every day.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

7

Proprioception

8.5

Total Score

91/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

10

Mobility

7

Proprioception

8.5

Total Score

91/10

Primal pursuit

Men’s Lems I Primal Pursuit Mid | Correct Toes Approved

Like the Primal Pursuit, the mid-top version is built on Lems “Wide” Natural Shape Last’, which isn’t their “Widest” last but should still fit Correct Toes for most people. They’re zero-drop, so they have no heel elevation; however, they do have a slight toe spring. The 14 mm outsole comes with a 4.5 mm moisture-wicking cushioned insole. The relatively thicker outsole and structured nature of the mid-top upper limit mobility and flexibility are noticeably compared to other barefoot shoes. Similarly, proprioceptive abilities are diminished by the thickness of the sole and cushion, but that can be helpful on rugged terrain.

The structured nature of the shoe makes it very accessible to people who might be used to more supportive footwear and are in the beginning stages of strengthening their feet. For those who are used to more minimal footwear, this shoe will feel protective but possibly restrictive.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

4

Proprioception

7

Total Score

8/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

9

Mobility

4

Proprioception

7

Total Score

8/10

altra boa

Men’s Altra I Mont Blanc BOA | Correct Toes Approved

The Mont Blanc BOA from Altra is a lightweight long-distance trail running shoe with a dual-dial BOA Fit System that allows for a truly personalized fit. Built on the Altra “Standard Fit” last, the Mont Blanc BOA provides plenty of room for toe splay during your run. These trail runners are zero-drop, so there’s no heel elevation, but they do have a toe spring in the front. The stack height sits at about 30 mm with plenty of cushioning, so you won’t feel any rocks, sticks, bumps, or cracks in the ground —however, the shoe gives a lot of reaction and a nice pop to your run.

The upper is thin and light, complete with a BOA lacing system that allows you to quickly dial in a perfect fit. You can snug them up for downhill running, then quickly release them for a looser fit on the flats. What stands out most about this shoe is its lightweight and the customized fit capabilities (BOA Fit System) combined into such a technical shoe.

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

2

Total Score

6.4/10

Toe Shape

10

Level Footbed

6

Mobility

4

Proprioception

2

Total Score

6.4/10

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