By this point in quarantine, most of us have our stay-at-home wardrobes figured out. There’s the requisite sweatpants or leggings, the comfy hoodie, the optional bra and some cushy socks. But shoes? There’s no need to worry about those...right? According to Dr. Miguel Cunha, founder of Gotham Footcare, no shoes is actually the wrong choice.
He explains: “Walking barefoot on hard surfaces for an extended amount of time is bad because it allows your foot to collapse, which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress not only to the foot but to the rest of the body.” Your lack of shoe (and thus, lack of support) could lead to bunions and hammertoes or shin splints and Achilles tendonitis, leaving your knees or back in pain. And, yeah, that applies if your house has a wood floor or carpeting.
But it turns out even your household slippers are doing you wrong. Here, Dr. Cunha shares two types of shoes you should not be wearing around the house and the three styles you should replace them with. (Sorry in advance to your beloved bunny slippers.)