The only time I wear shoes is when I go out, otherwise I'm always barefoot at home. Taking out the trash, working in the yard, around the house,
It's not because of any new-age ridiculousness about being connected to the earth or anything, it just feels more comfortable being barefoot. I've
never found shoes that were comfortable to me, even getting custom fitted ones and what not didn't work.
The bottom of my feet are extremely tough. Not callouses like people get from wearing shoes, but the skin covering the whole bottom of my foot,
excluding the arch obviously, is thick like leather. I've walked over broken glass outside and inside my house many times, and while chunks will stick
into my skin, it doesn't get past the outer layers or cause any pain/bleeding/damage. While using a razor blade to cut out the glass one time I was
able to see how thick the skin is, and it's about 6mm before it gets to the lower skin with nerve endings and blood vessels.
I'm also far more nimble and have better balance while going barefoot. The only time my feet or legs/knees/etc ever hurt is when I DO wear shoes.
Running barefoot for me feels MUCH better. Running with shoes on feels like I'm trying to run in dry sand on the beach. Without shoes my foot works to
it's best ability and I can run faster and without pain in my legs or feet. Instead of using my muscles to work against the shoe, they are used to
run, therefore increasing my performance.
It's obvious our feet aren't supposed to have shoes on. The only reason for shoes is to stop from stubbing your toe, or from getting damaged from
sharp things, or if wearing steel toes to stop things falling on them and crushing them. I also never have stinky feet because they don't sit and
fester inside a warm wet shoe all the time.
I think for safety reasons it's a good idea to wear shoes when going out around town or work, but all other times I think barefoot is the way to go.
There was also some stuff I read awhile back about some runners from a village somewhere, not sure if it was in Africa or somewhere else, but their
runners could run for long periods of time without issues, much longer than really anybody else can run. And they all run barefoot.
I believe, if I am remembering correctly, they talked about how when running barefoot your using the front of your foot more. Instead of your body
weight slamming down on the heel of your foot when running, causing a lot of impact-related injury and fatigue, your downward part of your gait puts
the force on the front part of your foot which is able to flex and absorb more energy before your full body weight is applied, thus lessening fatigue
and impact on your whole body. Like the difference between going over bumps in the road in a car with zero suspension, and going over bumps with a
high quality, well designed suspension with proper springs and dampers.
Thumbs up for being barefoot!
edit on 4-7-2012 by James1982 because: (no reason given)