The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes

The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes

by L. Daniel Howell

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Overview

Our addiction to wearing shoes has been linked to conditions ranging from foot fungus and bacteria to bunions and fallen arches. Ill-fitting and high-heeled shoes cause damage to the knees and spine, and continuous wearing of any kind of shoes builds up these problems. Daniel Howell describes the benefits of a simple alternative: going barefoot. The barefoot lifestyle corrects misalignments and increases foot strength and flexibility, and it is practiced in many other countries. In a reader-friendly, accessible style, this practical book explains the health advantages of going barefoot, provides tips for increasing barefoot time, and encourages everyone to experience the health benefits and the natural, vital pleasure of a barefoot connection with the earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897935548
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 796,554
Product dimensions: 8.58(w) x 5.68(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author


Daniel Howell has a doctoral degree in biochemistry and teaches courses on human anatomy and physiology at Liberty University. He is particularly interested in the anatomy, physiology, and health of the foot. Howell is an avid runner and leads a barefoot hiking group. To date, he’s logged over 2,000 barefoot miles.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

A Note From the Author xii

Introduction 1

1 Normal, but Not Natural 5

Normalizing the Unnatural 8

Disfiguring Our Feet 11

The Shoe Incubator 13

Shoe = Cast 16

2 Living Barefoot 17

Jaenelle 18

Vivian 19

Susie 20

Judy 21

Cheri 22

Glenn 23

John 24

Steve 24

Dr. Robyn Hughes 25

You 26

3 How Your Foot Works 27

Step-by-Step 27

The Foot Bone's Connected to the 28

Your Arches 32

The Soft Structures of Your Feet 35

The Skin of Your Feet 37

The First Line of Defense 40

Irritability 41

The Role of Touch in Your Feet 42

4 What Your Shoes Are Doing to You 44

Basic Shoe Construction 45

Shoes Change the Way We Stand, Walk, Run, and Feel the Ground 49

A Few of My Not Favorite Things 62

5 Don't Walk a Mile in These Shoes 68

High-Heeled Sex Appeal 69

The Effects of High Heels on the Foot 71

The Effects of High Heels on the Knee 72

The Effects of High Heels on the Spine 73

High Heels Affect the Way You Walk 74

Men's Work and Dress Shoes 75

6 Growing Up in Shoes 77

Growing Deformed 78

Miniature Adult Shoes 9

Overloaded 1

"Shoddy" Education 82

The Bottom Line 85

7 Walking, Hiking, and Running Barefoot 87

Walking Barefoot 87

Running Barefoot 89

Getting Started Running Barefoot 97

Hiking Barefoot 98

Tips for Healthy Hiking Feet 101

8 What to Wear When You Can't Go Bare 105

Minimalist Shoes 105

The Fuss about Flip-Flops 112

9 Getting Out There: Putting Your Best (Bare) Foot Forward 114

Hurdles 117

A Note to Business Owners and Managers 119

What to Do about Work 121

10 Mythbusters 123

Myth #1 "No Bare Feet by Order of the Health Department" 123

Myth #2 Bare Feet Are Prohibited by OSHA 124

Myth #3 Bare Feet Present a Liability to Businesses 125

Myth #4 It's Illegal to Be Barefoot in Public 128

Myth #5 It's Illegal to Drive Barefoot 129

Myth #6 Going Barefoot Is Dangerous-Cuts and Punctures 130

Myth #7 Going, Barefoot Is Dangerous-Germs and Parasites 131

11 Final Thoughts 134

Appendix: Lawsuits Resulting from Shoes or Bare Feet 136

Endnotes 141

Resources 150

Index 151

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