What's Up With No Shoes
Turns out that there are many good reason to skip the shoes and go with what nature gave you.
In short, I believe that our feet are a stunning piece of biological evolution and are better serve me in walking then anything humans have designed. Shoes act as handcuffs for my feet and limit their their vast abilities in helping me get from place to place.
Here are just a few reasons why I choose to go barefott a good part of the time or ware zero shoes.
Design: Shoes greatly limit our foots abilty to funtion to its fullest. Limiting micro mussel, lossing sessory input and not allowing the foot to bend are just a few ways shoes take away from the foots extsive caplbities.
Impact: When I walk with no shoes I tend to use a midfood strike over a heel strike. This enable my foot to act a shock absorber for my whole body.
Connection: No shoes mean I feel the ground around me which helps me connect more with my surroundings.
Speed: Hiking becomes a step by step process without shoes. With shoes I can stroll aimlessly without paying attention to this next step. I just can't do that with no shoes on.
Grounding: While this might be sudo science the effects of earthing or grounding (echange of charged ions with the earth) do seem to have atleast a benifishal plaslibo effect on me.
Reflexology: Again i'm unsure on the vality of claims reflexolgy (massaging presure points effects diffrent parts of the body) makes but there might be something to them.
While I like bare feet I don't always have that option so for a few years not I have been wearing Xero Shoes which are a close to barefoot as I have been able to get. I made these myself a few years back and they have served me quite well shoeing surpising little ware after hundres of miles of walking/running. Here is some more info.