The Institute for Health and Ergonomics e.V., based in Nuremberg, has announced the Ergonomics Innovation Award for the 3rd time in 2021.

SOLE RUNNER® Barefoot Shoes was nominated for this award as a manufacturer of ergonomic shoes. The jury has decided and awarded SOLE RUNNER® Barefoot Shoes the Innovation Award Ergonomics 2021.

Mission healthier working:

With the Ergonomics Innovation Award, the Institute for Health and Ergonomics (Institut für Gesundheit und Ergonomie e.V.) pursues the goal of sensitizing companies and organizations to the topic of ergonomics, promoting ergonomic workplace design, and providing guidance for the procurement of high-quality ergonomic products and services.

Who is nominated?
Nominees are companies whose claim to healthy working and ergonomics is reflected both as a lived culture in the company and in the development of your products and services.

Evaluation criteria:
Evaluation criteria are the solution-specific characteristics of the concepts and measures to be demonstrated:

  • health-promoting and preventive concepts
  • quality, design as an expression of functionality and durability
  • Assessment of concepts for the sustainable promotion of personal or occupational health
  • Sustainability, ecology, compliance with or exceeding of social standards

Thorsten Ludwig, founder and owner of SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes: "In our civilized world we wear shoes every day. Often these are too tight or too short. Our feet are the foundation of our body and should carry us healthy through life for many decades.We are happy to be able to contribute to our well-being and health through our ergonomic SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes." 

SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes have received a “major coup” from the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy (STMWI) and, as one of nine Bavarian companies, can call themselves
“Digital Champion in Bavarian Retail”.

As part of the project funded by STMWI, ibi research at the University of Regensburg systematically examined digitization strategies and success factors of small and medium-sized retailers in Bavaria. Nine Bavarian companies have been identified as pioneers in terms of digitization and act as role models.

Thorsten Ludwig, the owner of SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes, is very pleased: “Maybe I was a little ahead of my time when I founded the first online shop for barefoot shoes in Europe in 2005. With the opening of my SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoe store in Diessen/Bavaria, Lake Ammersee, we now have the perfect symbiosis of online and retail. The structural change of the retail trade has been caused by the changed shopping behavior. This started by consumer long before the covid19 pandemic. Now digital concepts have proven to be more important than ever for retail."

Check out the complete documentary (German)

SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes were recognized as an ergonomic product already in 2015.

The Institute for Health and Ergonomics (IGR) has created a seal of approval that serves as a guide and decision-making aid for ergonomic products.

The strong network of doctors, physiotherapists, scientists, employees of company health management, officials and product developers is based in Nuremberg and was founded in the mid-1990s.

In all of the initiatives and projects on which the institute works, the focus is always on people and their health.
Further Information.

In 2018, SOLE RUNNER® barefoot shoes were awarded as a particularly customer-friendly online store by the so called Consumer Protection Agency, Lower Saxony, Germany.

On its website, the CPA says:

We recommend this online store as particularly customer-friendly!
Because, in addition to a number of other criteria, particularly "customer satisfaction is our highest goal", so the owner Thorsten Ludwig

The online retailer confirms this by joining our arbitration procedure in case of conflict with customers

We point the finger at the good guys!

With our award for customer-friendly online stores, we only present online retailers for whom customer satisfaction is top priority. However, if there is ever a conflict between merchant and customer, you can call us as an arbitration board free of charge: 
We step in and help with an arbitration award in case of conflict.

It is also important to note that online stores cannot "buy" this seal of approval, but only receive it on recommendation after a further award procedure. 

If inspections or customer complaints show that online stores are not complying with the requirements in a sustainable manner, the seal of approval will be withdrawn without replacement.