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What are Glove Shoes

One of the most comfortable running shoes, the glove shoes have become a popular choice among the fitness freaks in the recent years. Read on to know about these shoes.
Tulika Nair
Glove shoes or body shoes are glove like running shoes that mimic the feeling that your feet would experience, if you were walking barefoot. It helps you walk in a manner that is more natural, and improves your abilities at activities like running, jogging, yoga, etc. Here we tell you how these shoes and their design are beneficial for your feet.

The Design and Benefits

The technology on which the design of these shoes is based, is such that, it is built for maximum comfort. The soles are structured in a manner, which allows for flexibility and resistance to slippery grounds.
Apart from this, the sole is flexible, which allows for adaptability of each toe, and strengthens the muscles of the feet. This also helps in improving your balance and speed.
Also, they are manufactured from raw materials that protect your feet against the terrain and other different surfaces. It comes with a loop and hook that allows your feet to rest in the shoes, and lock the fit they are most comfortable with.
Most reviews tell us that these shoes go a long way in promoting foot mechanics, and help you improve the strength of your feet and the motion movement. If you have flat feet, then you will take a few weeks to get used to wearing glove feet shoes, but within that period your muscles should adapt to the shoes and strengthen your feet.
While breaking in the shoes, do not wear them for a long period at the first go. Instead, gradually increase the time for which you wear the shoes. This is important, as your feet will need that adjustment period in order to get used to the shoes.
Studies have shown that these shoes are perfect for a wide range of physical activities, especially running and jogging. If you run frequently then you would know that, it is not advisable to strike your heel heavily while running, as it may cause a fractured heel. Running with glove shoes is more or less like running barefoot.
These shoes will help you strike the ground with your forefoot, and then place the heel on the ground. It is important that while running, you try to practice this motion to avoid injuries. Also, landing on the forefoot helps in maintaining balance and stability. Many experts have heralded the benefits of these shoes for running.
Glove running shoes and their variants are also great for people interested in water sports. These shoes have a good grip, and allow the wearer great control over the body. Also, manufacturers like Vibram have released a range of such shoes, specifically for water activities, which have more secure straps and thicker upper sole to keep your feet warm.
Users have also been happy with the performance while trekking, hiking, and even Yoga.
These shoes give a strong control, and help you balance your body while doing different poses that the Yoga practice entails. Because every toe has its own separate slot, body shoes fit perfectly, and allow you stability, like you have never experienced before. These shoes are also warm and hygienic.
So, how do you choose the shoes, which are the perfect size for you? Well, this can be a task, as the standard shoe sizes are not applicable for these shoes. You will need to measure the distance between the heel and the longest toe, in inches, to get your appropriate shoe size. You will have to provide the salesperson, at the store, with these measurements.
Caring for these shoes can be very easy as washing them is a simple task. You can wash them in the washing machine, and then dry them in the sunlight. Do not use the drying function of the washing machine to dry the shoes.