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Shoes are Ruining Our Feet

Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa compared the feet of people from different cultures plus 2,000 year old skeletons. The skeletons had the healthiest feet (at least when they were alive), followed by the modern population that normally goes barefoot.
“Natural gait is biomechanically impossible for any shoe-wearing person,” wrote Dr. William A. Rossi in a 1999 article in Podiatry Management. “It took 4 million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of gait, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot.” In other words: Feet good. Shoes bad.

Walking barefoot may be best, but it’s difficult to do in the modern world. Designers are working on shoes that have less padding, fewer features, and simulate the act of walking barefoot. New York magazine looks at this and other ways we can learn to walk healthier. Link -via Geek Like Me

(image credit: Tom Schierlitz)

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The article fails to mention walking on cobbled streets.. and nowadays pavement. Are we supposed to walk barefoot on this? Our shoes protect our feet, and what about dangers like broken glass?
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there's a guy up here in Fairbanks AK that walks around barefoot all year long. even in winter where the temperatures are -20 to -50F for 5 months. i bet his feet are healthy. :)

my keens are nice, i can feel everything i walk on. :)
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I have two pairs of Vivo Barefoot Aquas. They were very expensive, and the sole wears out faster than I'd like, but they are extremely comfortable once you get used to them. You don't realize how busted your gait is until you put a pair on and wear them for the first time. My posture is better now too.

I'm sure everyone's mileage will vary... a lot of people just can't get used to wearing a shoe without a heel and give up. I adjusted after an hour or so. If you have "bad" feet, they're probably not for you though I've heard some have toughed that out and been the better for it.
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Men's shoes are bad enough, but I am often amazed at the silly things that women wear on their feet. How do you even walk with high heels?

I like wearing sneakers.
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flip flops are just evil, I would rather walk all summer in combat boots than have to suffer the frustration of clinging onto a pair of flip flops.

We always went barefoot in the summer when I was a kid, I don't think kids go barefoot anymore, not in my neighbourhood anyway.

Why am I being accused of posting comments to quickly?
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