Ontdek natuurlijk lopen met ByTradition barefoot schoenen: Een unieke revolutie in schoeisel!


Discover natural walking with ByTradition barefoot shoes:

A unique revolution in footwear!

Walking of course

What would it be like to wear shoes that allow you to move as you would barefoot? Imagine that footwear is not just intended to cover your feet, but to support and enhance your natural gait. This not only has a positive effect on your feet, but on your entire body.

Let's get back to basics: barefoot running. Using the entire width of your feet ensures stability, strong muscles and healthy circulation. ByTradition takes this natural way of walking as a starting point. Our barefoot shoes are designed to let your feet move as they are intended, with all the benefits that entails. Our shoes have four unique features that together form the basis of healthy footwear: a flat and flexible sole, free space for the toes, air circulation in the shoe, and grounding.

Flat and flexible sole

While natural walking is ideal, we understand that it is not always feasible. It is therefore nice if wearing shoes imitates natural walking as much as possible. However, the majority of shoes use heels, stiff soles and reinforcements, which hinder the natural movement of the foot.

Scientific research has shown that long-term use of regular shoes leads to anatomical and functional changes, such as reduced foot width and spread of the forefoot (sagging of the middle legs), under load. These changes are caused by the limitations of the shoe. Walking in shoes results in a longer stride length and a greater backward bending motion at foot-ground contact. With lighter and more flexible shoes, the differences in walking kinematics are reduced compared to barefoot walking, where a larger contact surface is achieved through a flatter foot placement. This ensures a reduced vertical impact force (load) and a more even pressure distribution over the foot. These scientific conclusions can be found in studies such as “Barefoot vs. Regular Footwear: A Systematic Review of the Differences in Kinematic, Kinetic, and Muscle Activity During Walking.”

There are numerous scientific studies that show that prolonged walking in inappropriate shoes has consequences for the development of the foot:

  • Medial arch development is hampered in children who wear rigid and supportive shoes for the first 6-8 years, affecting overall health.
  • The rate of flat feet is higher in shod children with conventional shoes, which also affects overall health.

This development continues throughout our lives and eventually leads to many older people developing serious deformities in their feet, causing them to lose balance and resort to the use of orthopedic (support) shoes. Our shoes offer a healthy alternative.

Several scientific studies show that shoes with a flat and flexible sole influence the gait, known as walking patterns, which contributes to improved overall posture and reduced stress on joints. Walking on a flat and flexible sole supports a natural gait of the foot. A flat sole forms the ideal basis for a natural and upright posture, which can contribute to the prevention of knee, hip or back problems. Our shoes are designed without a heel, so you walk naturally, similar to walking barefoot. For this reason, midsoles and insoles, intended to absorb large shocks, are not necessary for our natural barefoot shoes. Here are a number of benefits for your health when walking naturally in flat and flexible shoes, as concluded in a number of studies:

  • Natural runners show more flexibility.
  • In natural runners, the foot is placed flatter, the walking speed is slower and the strides are smaller, which ensures a smooth natural walking movement without shock loads on the body.
  • When walking barefoot or wearing barefoot shoes, there is approximately 12% less pressure in the knee compared to conventional shoes, resulting in less strain while walking.
  • There is a connection between the stabilizing foot muscles and the deep core muscles. Core muscles are 29 muscles located in the center of your body. During walking and running, the foot muscles lengthen slightly, followed by a rapid shortening as the arch rebounds. Wearing a flat and flexible sole while walking and running not only ensures active muscles in the foot, but also activates muscles throughout the body. These muscles work together and strengthen each other, resulting in improved balance.
  • An increase in flexion in the ankle (the foot moves further away from the shin) and extension of the ankle leads to less strength in the muscle in the calf (which helps bend the four little toes). and more strength of the foot muscles located on the top of the foot , which benefits balance. In a study the above showed that wearing barefoot shoes in warming up 2–3 times a week, 15–30 minutes per session showed a significant improvement in the strength of the foot muscles after 5 weeks. Another study showed that after months of barefoot walking and running, the foot became shorter (= stronger). Running, jumping and sprinting exercises on the forefoot with barefoot shoes lead to a strong increase in strength in the foot muscles after 3 weeks of practicing 5 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

The great thing is that feet are always changing and can therefore change for the better as soon as people walk more barefoot and with natural barefoot shoes. Studies also show that changes can be noticed fairly quickly. This means months rather than years. Toes spread apart again and foot muscles become stronger. Try out natural barefoot shoes for a month and see for yourself whether you experience the beginning of changes.

Free space for toes

Wearing conventional shoes leads to pinching toes, which then results in poor blood circulation and reduced stability. Our natural barefoot shoes are designed to prevent these complaints and promote a natural, healthy gait. They have a wide fit, giving the toes room to move freely. Scientific research shows that shoes with a larger toe space reduce the risk of complaints such as hammer toes and bunions. The design of shoes affects the anatomy of the foot and the degree of freedom of movement.

Scientific studies provide compelling evidence for several aspects of the relationship between shoe design and foot health. These studies included measurements of toe misalignment and its relationship to the number of years that regular shoes have been worn. The link between shoes that are too tight and an increase in crooked toe growth in children is also discussed.

Furthermore, it has been shown that shoes with a rigid sole and upper hinder the natural mobility of the feet, leading to sagging of the forefoot due to the metatarsal bones dropping, and reduced movement in the ankle joint at push-off.


Grounding is created by direct contact of your body with the earth. This is achieved in our shoes by using a buffalo leather sole. A large number of our shoes, the shoes without a natural rubber sole, have a pure copper rivet at the base of the buffalo hide, which promotes conductivity. This enhances the discharge of built-up electromagnetic energy from your body and promotes the absorption of the earth's frequency into your body. This increases your own frequency, which is beneficial for the resilience and vitality of your body. Grounding contributes to a healthy night's sleep and helps prevent complaints such as headaches and migraines.

Since the 1990s, scientists such as Drs. Karol and Pawel Sokal and Clint Ober conduct research that points to the health benefits of grounding. Grounding promotes a positive shift in the body's electrical state, influences the electrodynamics of the blood and stimulates self-healing mechanisms. Various scientific studies show the relationship between grounding and reducing stress, pain, inflammation, muscle damage, fatigue, dehydration and lower back pain. In addition, the correlation between grounding and the improvement of sleep quality, skin condition, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen uptake (in the blood and the degree of conversion of oxygen into energy) and the blood supply to various parts of the body that ensures organs and tissues are discussed. receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly.

Experience it yourself

Experience the connection between your body and the earth for yourself. Start walking in our natural barefoot shoes today for at least a month and discover the difference. Feel the freedom, flexibility and vibrancy, among other health benefits. Our shoes are lightweight, adapt to your foot and offer a unique experience.

Breathable shoes

Breathable and natural materials ensure that our shoes ventilate well. As you move, air flows through the pores of the leather and the seam holes in the sole, keeping your feet cool and dry while saturated with oxygen. Problems such as wounds, eczema, fungus on the skin of the feet or odor will not occur.

The perfect shoe for you

What makes a good shoe? Our ideal shoe approximates natural walking. No heel, no taper at the front, a flexible buffalo leather sole, breathable materials, and grounding. This makes our shoes different and better for your feet. In addition, our shoes are custom-made, like a second skin for your feet. Breathable footwear regulates the temperature and humidity within the shoe, which reduces the risk of fungal growth and discomfort. This is supported by scientific research. An example of a scientific study shows the connection between the microclimate of shoes and the microbial community on the sole of the foot. Ventilation and temperature in the shoe play a crucial role here.

Customized and sustainable

Our shoes are not a standard product; they are custom made. They fit your feet like a second skin, because we recognize that your feet are unique. The logical consequence of the required characteristics of our shoes is that customization is required. The functional design comes first and as a logical consequence we do not participate in fashion with its changing collections. You can determine the color of your desired shoe yourself. The shoes are custom made after your order. So no shoes will be destroyed unused because fashion has changed or because demand is lower than supply. The materials used are recyclable and completely biodegradable. Our shoes are therefore very sustainable and therefore good for our environment.

This is confirmed by scientific studies on, for example, sustainable and degradable materials and their possible applications in shoes. Shoes are consumables with a limited lifespan. A scientific study therefore states that it is worth considering purchasing shoes made from naturally degradable materials as a more sustainable choice. The research predicts that this consideration will play an increasingly important role when purchasing consumables.

Summary and conclusion

The scientific basis for the fundamental characteristics that we take as a starting point in the design of our natural barefoot shoes confirms that our shoes contribute to a healthier gait, general foot health and the overall health of the entire body.
By consulting the appendix, you can find more in-depth information about the specific studies that provide the scientific basis for each characteristic.

We hope this blog has aroused your curiosity. Our shoes are not only different, but they also promise a healthier way of walking. Visit our store and discover our natural, custom and handmade barefoot shoes. Feel the difference, experience the benefits, and step into a healthier future for your feet and the rest of your body!

Adrienne and Boudewijn

ByTradition natural barefoot shoes:

Walk naturally, live healthily.


Appendix with scientific sources

Below are references to a selection of numerous scientific studies and articles that serve as scientific support for each of these fundamental characteristics that we believe are important for every shoe.

Free space for toes

The potential of toe flexor muscles to enhance performance - PubMed (nih.gov)
The effects of plantar fasciitis and pain on plantar pressure distribution of recreational runners - PubMed (nih.gov)
The foot core system: a new paradigm for understanding intrinsic foot muscle function - PubMed (nih.gov)
Strength training for the intrinsic flexor muscles of the foot: effects on muscle strength, the foot arch, and dynamic parameters before and after the training - PubMed (nih.gov)
Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on upper extremity function 3 to 9 months after stroke: the EXCITE randomized clinical trial - PubMed (nih.gov)
(PDF) Anatomy Trains Myofascial Thomas W. Myers | Ewerson Cruz - Academia.edu
Flip-flop footwear with a molded foot-bed for the treatment of foot pain: a randomized controlled trial - PubMed (nih.gov)
Arthritis, Foot Pain & Shoe Wear: Current Musculoskeletal Research on Feet - PMC (nih.gov)
The anatomy and physiology of the child's foot | PodoPost (springer.com)
Relationship between Children's Toes and Kindergartens' Barefoot Policy (scirp.org)
The effects of plantar fasciitis and pain on plantar pressure distribution of recreational runners
Running-related injury prevention through barefoot adaptations - PubMed (nih.gov)

Flat and flexible sole


Shod versus unshod: The emergence of forefoot pathology in modern humans? - ScienceDirect

1648.full.pdf (bmj.com)
Incidence of Hallux Valgus in a Partially Shoe-wearing Community
Clinical Biomechanics (clinbiomech.com)
Science at Hallux Valgus.pdf (imu.nl)
(PDF) Walking with individualized 3D-printed minimal footwear increases foot strength and produces subtle changes in unroll pattern (researchgate.net)
The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. A survey of 1846 skeletally mature persons | Bone & Joint (boneandjoint.org.uk)
Efficacy of Customized Foot Orthoses in Children Aged 6 - 7 Years Old with Symptomatic Flexible Flat Foot (SFFF) (scirp.org)
Efficacy of Customized Foot Orthoses in Children Aged 6 - 7 Years Old with Symptomatic Flexible Flat Foot (SFFF) (scirp.org)
(PDF) Patterns of mediolateral asymmetry in worn footwear (researchgate.net)


ESD Journal Grounding The Human Body To Neutralize Bio Electrical Stress From Static Electricity and EMFs | PDF | Drag | Stress (Biology) (scribd.com)

Grounding the Body Improves Sleep Quality in Patients with Mild Alzheimer's Disease: A Pilot Study - PMC (nih.gov)

(PDF) How Localized Grounding, Combined with Conductive Skincare, Improves the Outcomes of the Traditional Skincare? (researchgate.net)

The biological effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress - PubMed (nih.gov)

Electric Nutrition: The Surprising Health and Healing Benefits of Biological Grounding (Earthing) - PubMed (nih.gov)

Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons (hindawi.com)

A Systematic Review of Drug Therapies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - PubMed (nih.gov)

Microsoft Word - Earth's surface potential. web.doc (syerodriguez.com)

The biological effects of grounding the human body during sleep as measured by cortisol levels and subjective reporting of sleep, pain, and stress - PubMed (nih.gov)

Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons - PMC (nih.gov)

The effects of grounding (earthing) on ​​inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases - PubMed (nih.gov)

The effects of plantar fasciitis and pain on plantar pressure distribution of recreational runners - PubMed (nih.gov)

Grounding – The universal anti-inflammatory remedy - PMC (nih.gov)

(PDF) Grounding the Human Body Improves Facial Blood Flow Regulation: Results of a Randomized, Placebo Controlled Pilot Study (researchgate.net)

(PDF) Emotional stress, heart rate variability, grounding, and improved autonomic tone: clinical applications (researchgate.net)

Medical applications of infrared thermography: A review - PMC (nih.gov)

Electrical Grounding Improves Vagal Tone in Preterm Infants - PubMed (nih.gov)

Breathable shoes

Footwear microclimate and its effects on the microbial community of the plantar skin | Scientific Reports (nature.com)

Influence of Upper Footwear Material Properties on Foot Skin Temperature, Humidity and Perceived Comfort of Older Individuals - PMC (nih.gov)

Sustainability for the shoe as a consumer item:




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