The other day while reading this fabulous NYT Michael Pollan article about food TV and how people don't cook anymore I came across an article on foot health. Curious, I read it to see what advice they would give.
Some of the advice was good: don't wear high heels, walk a lot to strengthen your feet, don't be obese.
The NYT article did not mention walking (or running) barefoot as being healthy for legs and feet. However, there are many sources who believe this is a good idea, here are some:
- MDA's article How to Strengthen Your Feet
- Barefoot hiker and runner Barefoot Ted
- Barefoot Sensei at Exuberant Animal
- The amazing Erwan Le Corre's MovNat (eye candy alert!)
- Cool site Birthday Shoes
I'm curious, what do YOU think?
I have always loved being barefoot. In high school I had to wear horrible uniform shoes to school. Instead I walked barefoot around campus which almost got me expelled (they were very strict with the uniforms). I walked barefoot all over the city. Yes, sometimes I got glass in my feet and my soles were dirty. I did break the bones in my foot twice - from jogging on hard surfaces wearing running shoes (stress fracture)...can I say I hate jogging?
But friends suffered worse consequences than that, maybe from wearing shoes all the time? Many of them already have foot problems - flat feet, athletes foot, bunions, shortened achilles, etc etc. My mom has plantar fasciitis and let me tell you it is horrible. I'm afraid of something like that!
Now I wear shoes most of the time out in the world because I grew up and cared a bit more what people thought of me. I wear high heels because they look nice and I am short! But I always take off my shoes as soon as I get home. I like to walk barefoot outside too, and sometimes run/sprint/hike barefoot.
Vibrams and that sort of thing, I don't know if I can do it. They are just so funny looking! Plus I don't think I like things between my toes...maybe I have to try them, but I'm afraid then I will want to buy them...and then I will have to wear them! ;)
What about you? What do you think about the need to wear shoes? Do you wear Vibrams or other funky non-shoes? Do you go barefoot a lot? Do you have foot problems...what do you do about it?