Feet function optimally when positioned naturally. We have developed a certification system, through which we evaluate shoes for their foot-healthy qualities.
Our feet are designed perfectly. With 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments we can flex, rebound, and absorb shock naturally, throughout many activities. Therefore, we recommend shoes that allow your feet to function naturally. Many manufacturers add features that can hinder our feet and toe alignment. Below are important features to consider when looking to purchase healthy shoes.
Kigo Leon | 5

The Kigo Leon has a wide, foot-shaped design for proper toe splay and comfort. These men's and women's shoes are lightweight, with a thin sole promoting proprioception and balance. This shoe stays true to the idea of minimalist footwear offering natural foot motion.
  1. Weight | +/- 4.8 oz per shoe [W10 | M8.5 sample]
  2. Stack Height | 4.5mm
  3. No Artificial Arch Support.
  4. No Motion Control

 
We recommend shoes that are flat from the heel to the ends of the toes. This means that you want to purchase shoes that do not have elevated heels or toe spring (a feature that lifts the ends of the toes higher than the ball of the foot).
Kigo Leon | 5

This is an excellent shoe because it is completely flat (heel to toe), and possesses zero heel elevation and zero toe spring.
We recommend shoes that are widest at the ends of the toes (like a baby’s shoe), not at the ball of the foot. This shape allows for natural toe splay, and will not compress your toes into a deformed position.
Men's Kigo Leon | 5

This shoe offers excellent width which allows natural toe splay and can accommodate Correct Toes for most people. Be sure to lightly test with Correct Toes to ensure comfort. 
 
Women's Kigo Leon | 5

This shoe offers excellent width which allows natural toe splay and can accommodate Correct Toes for most people. Be sure to lightly test with Correct Toes to ensure comfort. 
Natural feet are widest at the tips of the toes, not at the ball of the foot. Correct Toes helps place the toes back into their natural alignment. To make sure your shoe is wide enough to accommodate natural toe splay, remove the shoe liner from the shoe and stand on it while wearing Correct Toes. If your foot stays within the margins of the liner, this indicates a foot-healthy shoe. If your foot spills over the shoe liner considerably, then this shoe may be too narrow and could cause adverse effects.
Men's Kigo Leon | 4

Since the Kigo Leon does not have a shoe liner,  we recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint. The man's toes extended slightly beyond the width of the shoe, however, he was able to fit Correct Toes inside the shoe because of the flexible upper material.

 
Women's Kigo Leon | 4

As mentioned with the men's, the women's Kigo Leon also does not have a shoe liner. We recommend turning the shoe over and standing on the bottom to compare the imprint.  As reflected in the photo, the woman's toes barely extend beyond the width of the shoe which allow Correct Toes to fit inside the flexible footwear. 
This shoe meets all of our foot-healthy criteria, and works well with Correct Toes for most people.
Unlike other companies that recommend “supportive” shoes, which can act like a cast, we recommend shoes that allow natural movement and articulation of your foot bones. We test each shoe for flexibility within each point of flexion and extension.
Kigo Leon | 5

This shoe is extremely thin and evenly flexible, especially when compared to other shoes on the market. Each test point offers great flexibility and allows natural movement of the foot.



Points of Flexion and Extension

  1. Material
  2. Heel Counter
  3. Arch
  4. Ball
  5. Ends of Toes
The flat and wide features of the Kigo Leon offer optimal foot and toe health. The anatomical shape of this shoe is designed to offer casual comfort and a great connection with the ground. Thank you to Kigo for offering this well-performing natural shoe. 

If you have not already transitioned into thin, flexible footwear learn how to transition under our Correct Toes Tips.

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