How to Solve a Rubik's Cube with your Feet: Tips and Tricks
With the advent of cubing as a competitive sport in the early 2000’s many additional sub-genres were invented. Every year there are 18 separate events at official Rubik’s Cube competitions. One of these is the controversial 3×3 feet event. Although the feet competition is highly unusual, there are many fans who look forward to watching it every year. It also attracts media attention for the entire sport, which is a great bonus for all cubers. The world record stands at 16.9 seconds, held by Daniel Rose Levine.
If you are interested in mixing things up and learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube with your feet, this guide will dive into some tips, techniques, toe tricks, favorable moves, and preferred methods of solving.
Solving the cube with your feet uses new and different muscles than you are accustomed to using in your day-to-day, and it may feel like an intense workout. The challenge on the foot solve is mainly physical, which is a nice change from the mental workout that you get from more mainstream solves.
Recently, the World Cube Association (WCA) changed the regulations so that competitors can inspect the cube using their hands, as opposed to their feet. You will find that solving with your dominant foot will be much easier. If you are a righty, start by finding the white face and position the cube so it faces right.
On foot solves, efficiency should be your top priority. Since most moves are more difficult to perform, cutting down on moves by putting more effort into efficiency will save time and effort in the long run. Many algorithms require approximately 60 moves. In order to achieve a 30 second solve you would need 2 turns per second. Feet are naturally less agile and flexible than hands. In order to save time, we can turn faster while also decreasing the move count. Choose an algorithm such as CFOP or ROUX that requires fewer moves to solve. Many cubers prefer CFOP.
The easiest move with your feet is going to be R’, so always try to create the setup that places the moves to the right. To do the R’ move, use your left foot to hold the cube down at a diagonal angle while slightly lifting the right side. Then use your right foot to turn. U moves are second easiest to perform. Use your left foot as an anchor on the left side and flip the top layer with your right big toe. Many foot solvers prefer CFOP since it contains many RUR’U’ moves, which are pretty straightforward to perform.
Avoid jerky and fast turning and turning the cube with too much force, since this will encourage pops.
The best Rubik’s Cubes for foot solves will be heavier cubes. Choose a non- speedcube that minimizes corner twists and pops, yet maintains flexibility. A top recommendation would be the MOU Tang. Tension your cross face a bit tighter than the other faces to get good control of the cube while doing your f2l. Don’t use a lighter lube, use a heavier lube to lubricate your feet cube.
As the old adage says, practice makes perfect. Most speedcubers just starting out will begin with a time of around three minutes. However, the more you practice the easier it gets! Your muscles will get stronger while you discover your own personal tips and tricks to help you along. Keep practicing and you will be able to achieve a sub-30 solve or even set a world record.