Zero Drop Shoes Benefits
What are Zero Drop Dress Shoes?
When a shoe is classified as “zero drop” it means that the heel and the forefoot are equal in distance from the ground. In other words, there is no drop in height from from your heel up towards your toes.
What are Zero Drop Shoes Benefits?
Shoes that are built on a zero drop last bring with them a number of benefits. Again, because your heel and forefoot are equal in terms of distance from the ground, zero drop promotes a healthy, natural alignment between your feet, back and the posture of your body.
While there are plenty of benefits to zero drop dress shoes (see below), running shoes built on this last also allow wearers to experience a number of differences. In addition to helping alleviate lower back strain and allowing natural Achilles loading for improved propulsion, zero drop running shoes encourage a mid-strike running form that has been shown to reduce initial impact by 3-5 times.
How are Zero Drop Dress Dress Shoes Different From Traditional Dress Shoes?
When you wear traditional footwear designs you can expect, on average, to find heels that are 0.5-1 inch (14-24mm) in height. While these numbers might not appear to be all that drastic, wearing shoes with heels will primarily impact the wearer by throwing off the natural alignment of the spine while also encouraging an unnatural heel strike when moving.
But I Do Not Plan on Running in My Zero Drop Dress Shoes...
We get it, you are not that worried about heel strike with dress shoes because you are not logging marathons in them (even though you could comfortably run in the ICANCHU Zero Drop Derby). That being said, even though heel strike is not necessarily relevant to a dress shoe design, your alignment still matters as does your foot’s ability to bend naturally when walking.
Traditional dress shoes are built with stiff soles that have no give. As anyone who has worn a pair of new traditional dress shoes out of the box can attest to, it feels like your feet are stuffed into concrete blocks. Those soles refuse to budge which means your feet cannot properly move.
Combine this with the fact that the heel is throwing off your alignment and you have a recipe for a painful day
Your shoes should not be a hazard of the job.