What the experts say about Yoga Sandals®

Emma Supple is one of the UK's most respected Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeons. She has a revolutionary vision of how Podiatry clinics and services should be delivered and is a strong advocate of Yoga Sandals.

Yoga Sandals are uniquely designed to enable all toes to perform optimally; as good as barefoot. Because each toe is anchored into the sandal, the foot is well supported and our posture is also complemented by the contoured instep, which can help improve the stability of the body. The sandals relieve pressure on the instep and gently splay the toes thus easing pressure on the metatarsals.
I swear by Yoga Sandals as therapy for your feet. By threading through each toe space they hold the foot in a most natural way and are excellent for straightening out toes, easing crunched metatarsals and allowing the foot to wriggle. I have three pairs and wear them as slippers and out and about. They undo the damage that my high heels do and after a long day in heels my feet need them. In fact I have stopped being barefoot at home and wear these instead as they mimic barefoot action but are much more comfortable.

The science bit: Our feet are made up of 26 bones with lots of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Each toe is suspended in a hammock type system with tiny slips of muscle that allow us to wiggle and splay our toes. They need exercise and space to move and the Yoga Sandals allow them to move.

Love your shoes but do not hate your feet!
- Emma Supple, Supplefeet.com

Dr. Claudio Carvalho, is an Osteopathic Physician based in the US. He specialises in physical medicine and rehabilitation and largely cares for patients with musculoskeletal and joint pains from injuries or degenerative diseases such as arthritis.

I have used the Yoga Sandal with patients who have painful feet and have had very good results. The patients reported that the sandals allowed them to walk and stand with less pain. I observed the walking behavior of persons while wearing Yoga Sandals and I noticed that the toe spacers assist the toes to spread with weight bearing during static standing and during rolling-over phase while walking. This "Toe Spreading" is a normal and necessary part of the foot mechanics, which is lost when one wears closed-toe-box shoes. Thus, the toe spacers may assist the distribution of the force loads over the metatarsophalangeal joints, and it may re-educate the neuromuscular system to better stabilize those joints. This, in time, helps to decrease pain in those joints, and it can also decrease pain in the other joints of the feet. However, most importantly is the correct selection of the patients that may benefit from these sandals if they have painful feet and the gradual wearing time of the sandal -30 mins – 1 hour in the first couple of days, then increasing by 1 hour every 2-3 days) if one has pain.

- Dr. Claudio Carvalho, DO, MS

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As a Certified Movement Analyst and Therapist, I have been searching for sandals which are ergonomically supportive of my entire body structure without creating havoc and pain between my toes and Voila! Beech/ Yoga Sandals® Footwear.

I was so relieved that finally I had found something that opens and creates the natural space between my toes without creating friction and burning, that at the end of last summer I wore them well into the winter season, until my feet became too cold to continue. Now if only we could have winter shoes like this as well.

Bravo Ben and all the people at Beech Sandals!

- Dorit Dyke - , Chopra centre life skills coach, Certified Movement Analyst, Certified Therapist Certified Raw, Vegan Living Foods Chef and Educator/ Life Skills Coach

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Unique 4-Spreader Design

Yoga Sandals® are the next level in flip-flop design. The four thongs insure the sandal will not slide around on the foot or be accidentally kicked off with sudden movement, and the support of the heel protects your arch while the slope provides ambulatory stability. With each toe gently separated, there is a natural alignment of the foot bones and muscles, aiding posture and balance. In yoga training, there is an emphasis on separating the toes in the standing postures to improve the sense of grounding and balance, and these sandals re-train the toes to do just that, while exercising the foot muscles.

Countless satisfied customers have told us about Yoga Sandals® Footwear providing relief from leg, hip and spinal discomfort, while having the ease of a sandal in and out of the house. See our on-line video for more details of how these sandals work, and read the wonderful article written by Prevention Magazine, July, 2007, re-printed on our site.

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See how to wear Yoga Sandals®!

Perfect Pedicures w/ Yoga Sandals®!


Video by Sandra Sammartino
(30-year Yoga Instructor,
20-year Yoga Instructor Trainer!)
Our very first video from the 90's that shows the ability to receive stunning pedicures in our sandals! Treat your feet to a day at the Spa!  

Yoga Sandals® are your perfect pedicure partner, making pedicures on-the-go easier than ever. You can now get back to your life without having to wait for nails to dry with these innovative sandals. Designed to be worn during and after pedicures, or just to relax the feet after a long day in heels or narrow shoes.  Yoga Sandals provide the added bonus of revitalizing foot muscles and joints while providing proper support for everyday wear.

  1. Your nail tech should remove old polish from your toenails, provide a relaxing foot bath with moisturizing enhancers while you have a moment of rest and soak the stresses of the day away.
  2. They will carefully clean and trim the nails, utilizing safety precautions to avoid trimming too much while following your preferences.
  3. Next they will dry your feet thoroughly, using a soft, warm, clean towel. They should be sure to dry under and between the toes.
  4. This will be followed by a soothing foot massage with moisturizers, working fingers gently between the toes while massaging the ball, arch heel, and top of the foot.
  5. At this point Yoga Sandals should be slipped on to your feet to prepare to paint your toenails.
  6. Yoga sandals keep the toes separated and provide a surface  to steady  the feet  while painting toenails.
  7. With each foot securely fitted into Yoga Sandals, the nail tech can move the foot around without the risk of toes shifting and smudging the polish. You can literally walk out of the salon with no need to wait for drying as the toes stay separated and secure in Beech Yoga Sandals.

Slip on your Yoga Sandals® before a pedicure, let the toe separators space your toes out, then walk straight out without a smudge or worry in mind! In a culture where the working lunch has become the norm, Yoga Sandals® offer women a new reason to get up and take a break for some lunch time pampering!

The benefits of Yoga Sandals® don't stop there - they have added health benefits too. By using the basic yoga principle of separating the toes, Beech work to straighten the bones in the feet, improving balance, encouraging body alignment and stretching leg muscles. Approved by many health professionals, Beech simulate the agile movements of youthful feet, and help to combat many unwanted lumps and bumps!

With great summer styling and a fresh, bold color palette Yoga Sandals® are set apart in the style stakes and are the perfect compliment to any summer outfit looking to make a statement!

Yoga Sandals® help you to take a proactive step towards looking after one of the most neglected parts of your body!

–Leanne Dawson, Durham


Why wear Yoga Sandals®

A young foot is agile and toes are evenly spread. As we grow, years of cramming feet in to unsuitable, narrow shoes begins to take its toll. Feet lose their young, agile shape and flexibility and when we walk the bones of our feet jam together. As a result, our natural balance and body alignment is lost. Without mobility in the bones of our feet several foot dis-orders such as Osteo-Arthritis, hammer toes, bunions and poor circulation can occur.

 Yoga Sandals® work to alleviate these potential problems by spreading the toes and retraining the feet. As the foot bones regain mobility, balance and body alignment are restored and over all wellness is increased.

Expert opinion and customer testimonials show that Yoga Sandals® help offer the following benefits:

  • Increase foot strength
  • Relieve stress within the foot
  • Align toes
  • Correct postural alignment
  • Stretch leg muscles
  • Stretch Achilles tendon
  • Help Improve circulation
  • Improve and strengthen arches of the feet
  • Help alleviate hammertoe, bunions, plantar fasciitis and joint pain
  • Improve flexibility of the foot

What can you wear Yoga Sandals® for?

Yoga Sandals® are a stylish, durable and comfortable sandal. Their exclusive design ensures the sandal will not slide around on the foot or be accidentally kicked off with sudden movements. The support of the heel protects the arch while the slope in the foot bed provides stability. These features make the benefits of Yoga Sandals® transferable for a number of activities and wearers.

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We cram our feet into shoes everyday, forcing the toes together and making them act as a hoof. When the toes are drawn together, abductor muscles on the outer and inner foot can’t activate, and can atrophy due to lack of use. Not giving your feet the proper attention, can result in foot pain.

While many foot ailments can be genetic, many are caused from poor foot care and lack of attention. If you have foot pain, assess your symptoms and consult a physician. Below are some common ailments people experience:

Foot Pain:Athlete’s Foot.

Fungus on the foot (usually between the toes or on the bottom of the feet) that causes redness, itchiness, tiny bumps filled with fluid, or peeling skin. A common skin condition that can affect everyone, not just athletes. It is most commonly located between the toes or on the bottom of the feet.

Cause: Coming in contact with fungus and grows best in warm, moist areas, such as the area between the toes.

Foot Pain: Bunion.

A pathological bump on the side of the big toe caused by an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint. With a bunion, you may experience irritated skin around the bunion, pain when walking, joint redness and pain, and possible shift of the big toe toward the other toes. Blisters may form more easily around the site of the bunion as well.

Cause: Depending on factors such as duration of wearing constraining footwear, skeletal maturity, and individual factors, the toes can become adapted to the new position and lead to the deformity we know as a bunion. Genetics can also play a role in developing bunions.

Foot Pain: Corns & Callouses.

Areas of thick, hard skin. Corns are hard, thick skin that forms on your toe, while a callous is thick, hard skin that has forms elsewhere on your foot.

Cause: Usually caused by rubbing or irritation over a boney prominence.

Foot Pain: Hammertoe.

An imbalance of the tendons (either above or below the toe) causing toe(s) to curl. Also called a mallet toe.

Cause: Wearing improper footwear — shoes that are too tight in the toe box or shoes that have high heels. Genetics can also play a role in developing a hammertoe.

Foot Pain: Ingrown Toenail.

The sides or corners of the toenail usually curve down and put pressure on the skin. Sometimes the toenail pierces the skin and then continues to grow into the skin. This may cause redness, swelling, pain and sometimes infection.

Cause: Many factors can cause ingrown toenails, one being tight or narrow shoes (poorly fitted shoes).

Foot Pain: Plantar Fascitis.

The most common cause of foot pain in the heel and foot pain in the arch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick fibrous band of tissue that connects from your heel to your toes (plantar facsia) becomes weak, irritated or swollen. It has been reported that plantar fasciitis occurs in two million Americans a year and 10% of the population over a lifetime.

Cause: Several causes including wearing shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.

Foot Pain: Metatarsalgia.

An imbalance in the long bones of the foot that can cause extreme foot pain in the ball of feet.

Cause: Sports that place tremendous pounding on the ball of the foot; shoes with small toe boxes that cramp your toes.

Most, if not all, of the above foot pain issues can arise by not wearing proper shoes and not using preventative steps in foot care.

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