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  1. #1 Hoofin it 
    Forum Professor marcusclayman's Avatar
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    "he foot of habitual barefoot walkers differs, both in shape and in function, from that of habitually shod peers."

    "Barefooters have a relatively wide forefoot and manage at better distributing pressures over the entire surface of the foot sole, resulting in lower (and most likely favourable) peak pressures."

    How much of an impact do you think occasional barefoot walking would have?

    I think that we would learn to adapt. If you have tender feet, you will undoubtedly learn to walk in as painless a way as possible. You may first learn to apply pressure to your forefoot first. This seems an instinctual way to "feel" for undesirable surfaces -- without the "decisiveness" of a heel step.

    After a while, you will probably get better at applying pressure evenly across the foot.

    BUT would this practice influences you while walking with shoes on or would you need to train yourself to walk differently with shoes on?

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      I go barefoot (or very thin-shod) as much as possible, and lament when my feet lose tone from wearing winter boots. "Recovery" does not take long. It's like toughening the hands through manual labour.

      Normally, my outer toe pad touches ground just before my heel and big toe do. The bare foot sort of has three potential points of contact with the ground, and as it feels uneven or especially injurious ground it rolls (onto two or just one point) to reduce pressure as appropriate. One does this automatically. So with each step the entire foot touches the ground, but just where the weight is changes with each step.

      The bare-footer's skin is tough and the nerves are too. Temperature extremes, like snow or hot roads, give a signal but not very urgently. A pebble-strewn sidewalk is tolerable. Small broken glass does not cause serious cuts.

      One loses some attention to the ground though: extra scanning & planning where one steps.

      It just happens that my big toe is longer than the others, and my forefoot is relatively wide, so mass-produced footwear doesn't fit me well (it would cause what's called a bunion). Maybe that's why I prefer barefoot? Or country upbringing?

      I don't judge it bad that people bind their feet. Shod has advantages. Bound feet look sickly and should be kept out of sight.

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      Forum Cosmic Wizard paralith's Avatar
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      Greg Downey has a really in-depth discussion about humans going around barefoot here:
      Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.
      ~Jean-Paul Sartre
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