It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take.

Walking is easy. It’s so easy that no one ever has to teach you how to do it. It’s so easy, in fact, that we often pair it with other easy activities—talking, chewing gum—and suggest that if you can’t do both simultaneously, you’re some sort of insensate clod. So you probably think you’ve got this walking thing pretty much nailed. As you stroll around the city, worrying about the economy, or the environment, or your next month’s rent, you might assume that the one thing you don’t need to worry about is the way in which you’re strolling around the city.

Well, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you: You walk wrong.

It isn’t your fault however; it is the fault of your shoes. I am currently in the process of writing a shoe review article for those of you interested in getting a pair of shoes specifically for parkour; but for the meanwhile, I think many of you might find this article on barefoot walking interesting.

As it turns out, the shoes we wear are actually destroying the way we walk. Reading this article made me reconsider the shoes I have purchased, and will influence the shoes I will purchase in the future. I now also do some barefoot training and it is hard, but I find that results show up quite quickly, as have others.

If you are further interested in some barefoot technology, you may want to look into the Vivo Barefoot and the Vibram Five Fingers (I have reviewed the latter HERE).

8 comments and questions

  1. mc // 11/11/08 09:53  

    While vivo barefoots are an exciting concept, their sizing in the winter season, especially for women who have a size 40 or larger foot, is really, sadly poor. It's an acknowledged problem in email with the company handling shipping (at least in the UK) but not something they've addressed on their web site.

    So if you're interested in ordering winter08 footwear, you may want to confirm actual sizing - scroll down to the purple text on this post for more info about this sizing conundrum.

    On a related note, if you're in a place where you have to mail order VFF's and are curious about ordering the right fit, here's at least one perspective on VFF fit.


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