Why Put Your Kid at A Movement Disadvantage?

    06/02/2012 | 11 Comments

      Hey MWoders,

      Today’s episode is a realty check about our human nature. Over the course of the last 2.5 million years, you have evolved to have your heel flat on the ground (or a flat surface). You are an engineering miracle. The length of your heel cords is not an accident. Any systematic deviation away from heel flat isn’t natural (Sure oly shoes are legit, but you don’t cruze the hood in them do you? And check out the crappy ankle range of motion in some of those oly lifters eh?) You need your heel cords to be full length and functioning at full length. Why are you wearing sneaker/tennis shoe/joggers/running shoe versions of high heel shoes? Oh, you are an adult. You do have the right to hobble yourself (ask my wife when she’s wearing her cute going out shoes..) But your kids? I’m not going to be all crazy and say that putting young kids in shoes with an elevated heel is the equivalent of the old Chinese custom of foot binding, but it kind of is? Seriously, heels flat. An elevated heel is an upstream mechanical nightmare expressing itself at the foot, ankle, knee, hip, low back… You can have some padding and traction of course. But keep that differential between heel and toe to a minimum. Besides, I know you crazies out there want your kids to be smart and super jocks. Don’t hobble them out of the gate. Give them a chance to be badass.


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11 thoughts on “Why Put Your Kid at A Movement Disadvantage?

  1. Julian Munoz

    If we should wear flat shoes, why do they recommend shoes with the heels raised for Olympic lifting?

    1. John C

      @Julian Munoz
      I believe “they” recommend shoes with the heels raised for Olympic lifting so that people can get better depth into lifts such as the squat without compromising the lumbar stability especially in people with limited range-of-motion wherever on the kinetic chain it may be.

      Also, I believe walking around and Olympic lifting are 2 separate things. Olympic shoes have too hard a sole to be comfortably walked around in and would change your gait however they do a great job of providing a stable base for your feet to push off of during Olympic lifts.

  2. gerry ross

    Liked the episode. Wondering how much of this theory applies to a 64 year old flat footed man. Work on my feet and up and down ladders all day on a fairly regulat basis. As flat footed as can be and my normal (not natural) walk is with toes out quite a lot.

    1. Bailey

      Im in 50′s and ditching my traditional asics/high heeled athletic shoes gave me immediate relief in my knees and back. I surf and sup so I have been barefoot more than most so I didnt have to go down to zero drop slowly, which you will need to do if youve been on job sites in heels all your life. That said its never too late to start, work your way down slowly and try and find something with a wider toe box too. Ive done some pretty good ladder time in my Altra Instincts and instincts 1.5s and was fine. But like I said if youve worn heeled boots or heavily cushioned heel shoes do it slow! Theres a video called reclaiming your feet on Crossfit Endurance that’ll help.

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  5. Colin Farrell

    one of my favorite mwod videos of all time… i share it with all the parents of the kids i coach. the younger they are the better as far as getting mechanics (and therefore footwear selection) nice and neat.

  6. Phyllis Mitchell

    Where can I get children mobility shoes. Have with Down’s syndrome and therapist suggested mobility shoes. She has very flat feet. She is 30 and wears 3 or 3 1/2 wide. Help

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  8. Bailey

    Id love to see what your kids are wearing, I just spent hours online (again) looking for kids zero drop shoes with few results. Thanks


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