How do your shoes wear out?
Most shoes wear out on the outside, from the outer heel through the outer foot. This is because we tend to walk with our feet turned out and weight transferring from the shin to the outer side. Take a look at the calluses on your feet. They are a pure indication of where you bear weight in the foot.
A thick pad of fascia and skin makes up the inside of the heel, while a small projection of bone on the outer heel exists as a landing pad for each step. Ideally, calluses should form on each point of the triangle formed by the three arches.
These three points are where the foot’s main weight-bearing takes place, with an emphasis on the big toe. In a happy foot, the fall should encompass all three of these points, rolling from the outer heel to the inner foot and then finishing on the big toe before launching into the next step.
Finishing on the big toe creates a reciprocal response in the inner upper thigh. The inner spiral of the leg sets the psoas back at its base, providing for the magical lift in the spine elevates us energetically.
• As you walk, note the way your foot lands on the floor. Where does its action start and finish? What do you feel in your inner thigh as you land and push-off?
• Try a new way. Start to walk, making sure to begin each step on the outer heel.
• Try to sense the transfer of energy from the outer heel to the inner foot.
• Feel for a gentle engagement in your inner thigh as each step falls through the inner foot.
• You can also initiate this action from the inner thigh. Release your butt, setting your inner thigh back. Feel how this action takes you through the inner foot.
• The whole foot should be in play with each step.
• Pushing off through the big toe should send the body forward.
• Finishing each step through the big toe allows you to stack your bones to create an effective plumb line.
• Performed correctly, these actions should put the proper spring in your step.