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Earth Footwear with the Kalso Heel: Why I Love These Shoes

Updated on December 29, 2011
My first pair of Earth Shoes, yet certainly not my last!
My first pair of Earth Shoes, yet certainly not my last!

Earth Footwear: A Welcome Brand

For the last few years, I’ve suffered the effects of flattening feet; nothing too terrible or life-altering, but a minor hindrance nonetheless. Certainly I am not alone with this condition, especially in my own family since my two brothers and my father share a similar condition. Which is kind of a good thing, because through their experiences and recommendations, I began using shoe inserts and orthotics; both of which did a fairly good job of keeping my aching feet under control. Times have changed, however, and I now call the days prior to wearing Earth footwear as PE days (as in, Prior Earth). Before I was introduced to the benefits of Earth footwear, daily walking always included one, if not two, of the above-mentioned orthotics. I needed them, both for comfort and function. Not anymore. Yes, my feet were flattening. But with Earth brand shoes, I found a remedy. Hopefully, my experience with these shoes can benefit anyone searching for relief from minor foot and ankle pain associated with flattened feet. Here is my honest testimonial. Consider it as you will.


Earth Shoes: The Benefits

My introduction to Earth footwear came as a result of both research and chance: research as part of a writing project I was working on at the time, and chance that one of my college PT instructors swore by them. So selling me on trying on a pair was not an issue. I was already 50% sold when I ventured to a local Earth Shoes retailer. All I really needed to do was find a style I liked. Pretty simple, I thought.

For me, the number one benefit of Earth footwear is their Kalso® negative heel technology. The mechanics of this feature lower the height of your heel 3.7° below horizontal; resulting in a slight shift of body weight backward; subsequently positioning your body into better posture and weight distribution. The physical effects of this subtle shift were remarkable. Not only did my heel pain disappear within days, I found the muscle tone in my lower legs improving as well as increased comfort in my lower back.

It was crazy really. Even though the slight angle in walking takes some getting used to, the positive results are worth it. Other testimonials I’ve read claim that by wearing Earth shoes people burn more calories and feel an overall body strengthening. Personally, I cannot make such claims--at least not yet. What I do know, however, is that my posture has improved, and my feet and lower legs feel much, much better. This benefit alone is worth the price of admission, so to speak. And add to it one of the most anatomically-correct arch designs available in any shoe today and what you end up with is a shoe that not only improves your posture, tones your lower leg muscles, but one that is incredibly comfortable to wear. I cannot understate how easy these shoes are to walk in. Every other pair of shoes I own pales in comparison to the comfort of my Earth Shoes. Honestly!

Needless to say, I’m in the market for additional pairs of Earth footwear.

Earth Footwear: Amazing Comfort

As previously mentioned, Earth shoes are a joy to walk in; primarily due to the proprietary negative heel design and enhanced arch support. Also playing a major role in comfort, however, is the addition of Earth footwear's patented Bio Foam cushioning.

Similar to many of the closed-cell, memory foams widely used in bedding and other like products today, every step in a pair of Earth shoes is almost like bouncing rather than walking. In a sense, Earth shoes' Bio Foam forms around the contour of your feet essentially becoming a "part" of you. Yes, I know that sounds extreme, but it's the simplest way I can say it. I spend a lot of time on my feet, and with other shoes (even those with heavy arch supports or orthotics) my feet would always get tired. My feet still get tired, of course, but not as tired while wearing my Earth shoes.

The Final Word:

Each step in a pair of Earth shoes resembles riding on a new set of shocks. The shock absorption and weight displacement is perfectly aligned for your stride and posture ensuring each step is a good one.

The bottom line for me: Earth footwear is simply the most comfortable footwear I've owned, and I've owned a lot of shoes over the years.

So, if you're ready to step into a world of better posture, increased muscle tone, reduced lower back pain, and overall comfort, step into a pair of Earth Shoes today. Your feet and body will thank you!

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    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I met Anna Kelso back in 1975 in San Francisco in an Earth Shoe store. I owned a Roots store The Canadian knock-off and I had a good talk with Anna and told her I like her shoes, which I did and still had my original pair from a few years back. Check my story "Roots Natural Footwear", a different story than this. Thanks for the memories, Peter

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      Millie 7 years ago

      I buy all my Earth Shoes through this site:

      I have been buying them for a long time - I have heel spurs and they have made a real difference.

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      tom hellert 7 years ago from home

      Sorry addidas black n white Sambas for me... they look nice though