Dr. Peter Baum and Sohn Christof Baum have worked together for many years, dedicating themselves towards one aim: optimizing the wearing of high heels.
The many reasons why conventional high heels cause pain and are unhealthy can be clearly named: Uneven weight distribution in the shoe, lack of rolling motion, lack of stability, risk of twisting an ankle, disturbance of microcirculation due to constriction of the forefoot.
To solve these complex problems, the father and son team have developed a range of cutting-edge technologies that combine Dr. Baum´s highly specialized knowledge in sports medicine and orthopedics with a unique shoe technology and innovative high-tech materials. Hundreds of prototypes and thousands of hours of testing has resulted in a revolutionary product: an elegant high heel based on 11 elements that significantly reduces the pain and extends the potential wearing time by hours. Women who gave up on heels can now wear them again.
THE HEART OF EVERY MAISON BAUM SHOE: OUR INTEGRATED FOOTBED
The core of every Maison Baum conceals Dr. Baum‘s orthopedic foot-bed – the result of over 35 years of experience in sports medicine.
We have adapted the intrinsic mechanism of orthopedic insoles of flat shoes to high heels. An almost invisible foot-bed thus distributes the bodyweight evenly in the shoe. The whole high heel is built around this patented technology.
THE RESULT: WEIGHT RETRANSHIP
The anatomical support cushion prevents the foot sliding forward in the shoe by an ingenious three-point system. First, the heel is held and firmly gripped as if in a mold. A second fixing supports the heelbone, the largest bone in the foot. At the same time, the load is taken off the metatarsal heads in the third fixing area enabling the foot´s own arch, which normally falls in high heels, to keep its natural shape.
Years of testing with 3D printers
In 3D-printed test series, these three components were linked in such a way that their optimal function is guaranteed for approximately 80% of the feet, even without individual fitting.
Thanks to the high degree of innovation, the Maison Baum team benefited in 2017 from WIPANO patent funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics, which supports particularly technology-intensive developments in the patenting process. In the meantime, we have protected our footbeds, which are elementary for
comfortable high heels, in over 8 countries(to the patent as pdf).
THE FOOT AS A LINK CHAIN
As the human locomotor system functions like a highly complex chain, it certainly needs more than a special foot-bed.
Sophisticated sports-medicine based inner workings can thus support the otherwise absent rolling movement in the high heel and stabilize the gait, but not reduce micro-impacts on the joints. The foot-bed stabilizes the foot in the shoe. However, if the shoe is so narrow that the toes have no room, the best inner workings will not help. If the heel is not positioned exactly on the anatomical leg axis, the step will we unsure despite the best foot-bed. What is the point of luxury renovations in the upper stories of a building if the foundation is unstable?
ONLY A COMPREHENSIVE OVERALL CONCEPT LEADS TO THE DESIRED SUCCESS
That is why only the overall concept counts for us. A powerful engine also needs a strong chassis. We have developed and incorporated shock-absorbing heel tips, positioned at the leg axis with supporting and anatomically adjusted surrounding heel cushions and non-slip soles.
In September 2021 switched Maison Baum from leather soles to outsoles made of elastomer, which is derived from recycled rubber and leather scraps and is significantly more water-resistant and durable than leather. The TPU inserts in the sole provide non-slip grip and stability when standing - so you can "sit back in your shoe" no matter how long the event lasts.
The chassis of our shoes is made of the softest and most supple goatskin available on the market. Thanks to a careful balance between visual appearance and comfort, every Maison Baum shoe offers optimum interior volume to avoid any restriction on the microcirculation of the forefoot.
On most models of Maison Baum different straps can be inserted over the heels by means of loops. They not only provide visual variability, but also offer more support when needed.
In the car, lack of shock absorbers lead to premature wear. That is why heel patches are made Maison Baum are made of a bi-component material - hard on the outside, soft on the inside. In this way, the ankle joint is relieved from the very first contact with the ground, which is particularly noticeable during prolonged wear.
Before a new model is released for production it is tested by two independent German engineering labs and all components undergo rigorous in-house controls.
Just as any premium quality car is more than the sum of its individual parts, we are particularly proud of the interplay of our construction methods, which take the stress off the whole body while standing or walking in heels. Maison Baum high heels are thus not just an investment in your wardrobe, they are also a medically proven prevention against pain and discomfort in your feet, knees, legs, hips and back.
1 - MORE EVEN WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
To test the effectiveness of our "therapy approach", we compared conventional high heels with the same heel height with Maison Baum-heels with an integrated footbed. We used the dynamic impulse measurement method from orthopedic shoe technology, in which a wafer-thin sole in the shoe measures weight load and rolling motion and at the same time indicates plantar (underside) pressure distribution and motion-dependent stress zones on the foot. The laws of physics cannot be overruled. In a car, incorrect axle measurement results in one-sided tire wear that endangers the driver and passengers. It is the same with the foot. If force is applied unilaterally to the forefoot over a long period of time, numerous elements of our musculoskeletal system are affected. At Maison Baum-heel (Fig. above left), the load is distributed more evenly in the heel and forefoot area than in the conventional high heel (Fig. above right). This results from the support of the calcaneus bone built into the footbed. While pressure measurements show that the conventional High Heel has a load ratio between heel and ball of the foot of approx. 80:20, the same is true for the Maison Baum-Heel (ratios of) approx. 60:40. In normal high heels, the greatest pressure values occur under the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. This is, among other things, a result of the over-extension of the mobile first metatarsal ray and a disturbed balance of the foot, which rolls too much on the inside. Therefore, the shoe design Maison Baum aims at maximum relief at the metatarsophalangeal joint, which minimizes pain and is at the same time an effective prevention against hallux valgus and splayfoot development.-Heels with significantly reduced pressure values at the metatarsophalangeal joint on!
2 - MORE STABLE STANDING
Static measurement records microscopic balancing movements of the muscles and ankle to maintain balance in the shoe - the thinner the heel, the greater the balancing act. In the conventional high heel, the static measurement documents a sustained challenge by the wearer to balance. This strain, mind you, already affects joints and especially the foot and back while standing. With the Maison Baum-heel, one can clearly see a stable sagittal perpendicular in the leg axis (red dot) as well as a smaller movement in the balance when standing.
While a conventional high heel requires permanent balancing work, test subjects stand relaxed and calm in the Maison Baum-shoe are relaxed and calm. Customers often report a feeling of being able to "lean back".
3 - WALKING SAFELY
Dynamic measurements show that the shoe design has an effect on the relief of the forefoot. Maison Baum has an effect on the relief of the forefoot.
Our unique foot-bed design shifts the weight backwards and ensures that the foot is evenly flexed from the heel to the big toe. The flex line runs centrally and ensures equilibrium.
Conventional high heel shoes lead to torsion movements in the front foot, which negatively impact the foot and the joints. Such kind of high heels also lead to a valgization of the heel bone. The heel step is not stable and the heel easily turns outwards on impact. Even if this outward movement is barely perceptible, it is the main cause of accidental twists and a general sense of instability when walking in heels: “I can’t walk in shoes like that.“.
The Maison Baum-shoe offers an optimized heel position when stepping and thus promotes a more stable gait pattern. The ankle joint is stabilized and the knee is relieved.
The ratio between “step down-support-push off movement” and “swing phase” can be verified in a tabulated phase progression.
For conventional high heels, we see that the long blue bar indicates a 90% load at impact on the forefoot region – easily identifiable in a typical “triple step“. Due to the lack of heel impact at this stage, the foot cannot flex correctly. Possible long-term consequences could be damage to the ankle, knee, hip or spinal column and headaches
With the Maison Baum-heel, on the other hand, a red, blue and orange bar appears. Compared to flat shoes, the tread phase is lower, but nevertheless present - which is why we can basically speak of a gait pattern that is similar to that with flat shoes.
In which designs we have incorporated the above technology, you can see under All shoes.
More about our manufacturing process and sustainability approach.