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March 11, 2010

To shoe or not to shoe?

Filed under: real talk — Tags: , — Lady Who Cooks @ 10:40 am

We can all agree that shoes are important when you don’t want to step into anything gross right (i.e. dog poop, someone’s spit, etc)?  However, we were born without shoes, I’m sure God designed us so we could survive without these confining contraptions attached to us all the time.  Micah already mentioned the Vibram 5 Fingers  and going shoeless, but I just want to follow up with a link for those who can’t throw down 100 bones for these weird little wonders.  Check out the following link to get crafty and make you own invisible shoes.   

Also I want to mention that two weekends ago we did a group workout at Leon’s and our last exercise was sprinting four 100 meters without our shoes on.  It was fantastic.  I felt like a kid again with the earth under my feet and feeling connected to the world around me.  So try it and if that’s not enough to convince you to go barefoot once in a while check out some reason’s from Mark’s Daily Apple why shoes are not as important as we might think:

– The elevated, softened heel support found in most shoes impedes our natural gait and can result in a shortened Achilles tendon and calf muscle.

– Running without shoes takes upwards of 4% less energy than running with shoes. It makes sense really. Some effort must go into lugging the extra weight around.

– Running shoes are designed to make you land on your heel as you step forward. Can you imagine running heel to toe without shoes? You wouldn’t do it. It would be much too traumatic. So why are we forced to do it with shoes? Landing on your heel results in undue shock and potential injury to your knees and back. The natural and most effective way to run, as exemplified by top marathon runners, is to land on the ball of your foot – keeping your steps light and smooth, and allowing your arch to act like the natural spring it is.

– It is cheaper! You no longer have to fork over your hard earned cash to shoe manufacturers.

– Running shoeless helps to improve your running technique which can result in increased speed. Just ask barefoot Abebe Bikila who won the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome.

– No more athlete’s foot or foot odor! Both are associated with sweaty and poorly ventilated shoes.

– Going shoeless helps develop strength in muscles found in your feet, hips and legs that aren’t used when wearing shoes. This in turn can increase coordination, agility and balance.

– It feels good. Literally being in touch with nature at all times makes you more aware of your surroundings and can be very therapeutic.


  1. Love it! I was just discussing this with my class today.

    Comment by joshuaeller — March 11, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  2. I used to be a barefoot girl and miss it. Prickly terrain outside (tumbleweed seeds are nasty and everywhere)and cememt floors inside have become deterrents. Walking barefoot on cement floors kills the back. 😦 Glad you guys can enjoy it!

    Comment by Joan — March 12, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  3. Let’s have a huaraches-making party!!!

    Comment by joshuaeller — March 13, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  4. Oooo good idea Josh!

    Joan, I use to live out in the country and I barely ever wore shoes. Miss those days!

    Comment by abby vandegrift — March 15, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  5. Watched a half marathon today, and looked for barefooters and how people ran, i.e. ball or heel first. Most came down on ball first, rocked back a little, then pushed off with ball. Two wore “barefoot” type shoes, one was a huarche. Cheered them on.

    Comment by Joan — March 20, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    • That’s awesome!

      I think I’ll have to run/walk that half marathon some day. Maybe in vibrams!

      Comment by Mara — March 24, 2010 @ 7:20 am

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