"Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution." - Theodore Dobshansky (1973)
Humans are adapted bipedal walking and running specialists, with walking being the most used of these two gait patterns. Nature’s prime directive in adapting organisms is the minimisation of energy cost, as energy is the currency of life (Sparrow, 2000). Structural adaptations in humans from our tree-climbing ancestors can be easily tracked in the fossil records and show how natural selection shaped humans to walk with minimum energy expenditure (Rodman and McHenry, 1980). This evidence and the evolutionary drive to minimise energy cost seems to have been ignored by modern proponents of forefoot walking. This piece will dispel the myth that humans are evolved to walk on the forefoot.