Lawyer and athlete Katharina, 32 years old, loves her Leguano’s more than anything. We accompanied her through her first pregnancy.
While not only her body, her sense of smell and taste changed during her pregnancy, she also “got over the insatiable need to just walk barefoot”.
leguano : How did you get into running barefoot? Even before your pregnancy?
KK: Before my pregnancy, I sporadically wore Leguano’s in my spare time. I found them comfortable and, for example, I liked to combine my leguano chester with a chic dress and dark leggings. That always looked good. Naturally, my body changed quite a bit during pregnancy. From the 3rd month it felt like a strange feeling to wear sturdy shoes on your feet. I was overcome by the insatiable need to only carry Leguano’s. I became almost addicted to walking through the forest in leguanos and enjoying the harmony with nature. It was like a primal feeling that suddenly broke out of me….
leguano: Are there any special advantages of leguanos during pregnancy? What are your experiences?
KK: I felt a significant relief for my pelvis and my movements. As a happy, healthy human child, I had no discomfort or pain when walking before. But it was just like my inner voice was telling me "put on those barefoot shoes". I felt much more connected to nature, much more grounded and simply better embedded in the “environment” work of art.
leguano: From this I hear a closeness to nature, the loving treatment of oneself, awareness, attention, mindfulness ...
KK: Yes. I think that as a pregnant woman you listen to your gut feeling much better. The sensory perceptions become stronger so that one becomes clearly aware of what is good for one. You treat yourself more lovingly and more carefully. I think nature arranged this to protect the unborn life that one carries under one's heart.
And leguanos were simply the means of choice to give me a beautiful pregnancy with every step. My friend Gina always says: If the mother is fine, the child in her tummy is also fine. And I was fine thanks to leguanos. I sometimes walked 8-10 km a day in the second and third trimesters. I couldn't have done that so easily in bad shoes.
leguano: Did you also do sports during pregnancy?
KK: Yeah of course. Of course, I only listened to my body. At the beginning of pregnancy, when you feel tired and are fighting against nausea, after 15 minutes on the stepper I had already satisfied my daily need for exercise because my body needed rest. In the second trimester, when you're as strong as a lioness, I could move for hours. And of course I then actively wore my sun-yellow leguano to the gym. Depending on my gut feeling, I did endurance sports or weight training (with significantly less weights) and always made sure that my son was doing well.
I have to admit that I used to do 1.5 hours of sport at least 4-5 times a week. So it was completely normal that I had a strong need for exercise even during pregnancy.
leguano: What are the biggest advantages of leguanos compared to conventional (sports) shoes?
KK: You have a better, more natural grip and no foreign body sensation on your foot. If you specifically train your core muscles or your sense of balance with certain exercises, you can often leave your shoes on because you are practically barefoot in the leguanos, just with a little more protection for the soles of your feet. It is a good feeling. Once you've tasted blood, you don't wear anything else.
leguano: You listen to your stomach in two ways. Can you tell pregnant women something from your experiences?
KK: I think that every pregnant woman is different and has different needs in each moment. One of them urgently needs rest and sleep, the next one has a craving for meat, the third one doesn't want to sit still and go for a walk through nature all the time. I believe that one should primarily listen to oneself. Nature takes over and shows you the right way.
leguano: How do you experience the barefoot feeling yourself? Has that changed anything for you?
KK: Walking barefoot makes you more grounded and more or less merges with the ground. It's just a wonderful feeling that makes you feel happy. I also noticed in my circle of friends that leguano carriers are already doing more for their health and inner balance anyway. The Leguano’s are another way for you to live in harmony with nature and also on your feet without foreign objects.
leguano : leguanos give you support and stability on your feet. What gives you a hold in life?
KK: My family, my friends and my sport. I am incredibly grateful that I had such an ideal childhood and such a great home. So I'm all the more happy to soon be doing the wonderful things with my own child that I loved in my childhood: catching the first rays of sunshine in spring, going swimming in summer, making chestnut men in autumn and baking cookies for Christmas ...
leguano: Will you dress your children with leguanos too?
KK: Yes of course. I want my child to have as healthy a childhood as I do and to be as good as me. Therefore: a lot of motherly love for his heart, leguanitos for his feet. This strengthens his ankle, trains the foot muscles and protects against foot misalignments .
leguano: Which leguano is your favorite shoe right now?
KK: I love the leguano style flamingo. The hold is optimal, you can combine it with almost any dress and this fresh orange border ensures that you are in a good mood when you put it on. If it has to be a bit more subtle, I wear the leguano style rose. It has the same excellent hold, but goes better with dark clothes.
leguano: Finish the sentence: I wear leguano barefoot shoes…
KK: … because life is too short for bad shoes. If I can be so happy with so little effort, why should I choose something else? That would be like not eating a chocolate cake anymore, although with every bite you can get a little closer to heaven.