You guys know that I’ve been on the barefoot bandwagon for a very long time, but today’s episode has changed some of the ways I think about alignment and foot health. Gordon Hay is the cofounder, inventor, and creative visionary for ALINE Systems, a footwear technology company making waves in the industry. Many ESPN Summer and Winter X-Games athletes even use these insoles.
Gordon has so much fascinating research and information about the ways that we can properly support our feet. And it turns out barefoot may not always be the way to go after all!
Episode Highlights With Gordon Hay of ALINE
- why we do sometimes need shoes in today’s world
- the best way to handle footwear in kids
- the three-part approach needed for proper alignment
- what a “footwear diet” is and how to find good footwear
- Gordon’s thoughts on flip flops and high heels… the two extremes of shoes
- the “junk food” footwear to avoid
- and more!
Resources We Mention
- ALINE System insoles
- Balance Board
- Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim
- Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
More From Wellness Mama
- Benefits of Going Barefoot (and the Best Barefoot Shoes)
- How to Find the Best Minimalist Shoes (for Adults and Kids)
- Alternatives to Using a Chair at a Desk
- Is Sitting Worse than Eating Donuts?
- 7 Fun Ways to Exercise As A Family
- Earthing & Grounding: Legit or Hype? (How to & When Not To)
What’s your favorite footwear? Please drop a comment below or leave a review on iTunes to let us know. We value knowing what you think and this helps other moms find the podcast as well.
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