Gallstones are incredibly common and they occur in 10 to 15 percent of the population. The problem does tend to run in families.
I continue to go unshod until it freezes again in October or November. Every year I become more convinced that shoes are completely unnecessary in most circumstances except, I think, in sub-freezing temperatures and while performing certain kinds of labour.
Like, say, using a shovel. Apparently, you can use a shovel barefoot ]. I believe that the human foot is perfectly designed for walking and running on almost any terrain without being enclosed in a shoe. The arch is perfect for absorbing shock, and the soles with proper use naturally form a protective callous while remaining sensitive enough to detect and avoid injurious surfaces.
Both my research and my personal experience confirm it.
As a result, here are fourteen reasons I prefer to go barefoot. It feels good to walk barefoot through dew-drenched grass in the morning, or to feel sun-warmed concrete under my feet on a cool summer evening. I love to feel all the different textures and temperatures, from gravel to ceramic to pine-needle carpets on the forest floor.
I like being connected to my environment. Going barefoot requires me to be more alert to my surroundings, and being able to feel the surfaces under my feet naturally encourages an enhanced awareness of my surroundings. I trip and stub my toes much less often. Going barefoot is consistent with my desire to live a minimalist lifestyle.
Like, say, high-quality food.
Since ditching shoes, I no longer suffer from foot odor. I never have to worry about getting blisters when I walk long distances. I use my eyeballs and my heightened awareness of my surroundings to avoid sharp objects. I never have to worry about the weather or getting my shoes soaked.
I can walk through puddles without concern. I can go in and out the door without having to stop to fiddle with laces or buckles. Informed Mama [in the comments below] directed me to this fascinating article about Earthing. The idea is that direct contact with the earth balances the electrons in your body and improves your health.
So for these reasons and more, I am happy to kick off my shoes each spring and leave them on the shelf for the remaining three seasons. For further reading, check out the Daniel Howell a. Can you think of any other reasons to go barefoot?
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