Training Without Shoes
Why do I ask my athletes to remove their shoes when first teaching the squat?
Most of us wear general fitness (running) shoes which are designed to absorb repeated impact and cushion the foot. When squatting, it’s important to have a close connection with the floor beneath you, not a soft one.
Hard, flat-soled, shoes are great but when learning how to position the foot, bare feet reign supreme. It allows me to get a solid look at your arch (or lack thereof) and allows you to feel the difference between a poor squat setup and a strong one.
Squatting barefoot won’t suddenly make you a stronger squatter, but it will allow for quick and easy feedback!