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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
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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Can something that feels as good as going barefoot also be good for you? (Yes!)

Most of us kick off our shoes when we get home from work or an outing. It just feels good. Well, as Daniel Howell points out in this timely guide to barefooting, it feels good because it is good for us.

Research shows that going barefoot strengthens our feet, makes them more flexible and improves body alignment. Why, then, are we buying shoes for infants who can't yet walk? Wearing high heels that hurt with every step? Spending hundreds of $$ on running and hiking shoes? Some of us are following social conventions or fashion trends. Most of us think we're protecting our feet and keeping them clean.

Not so, says Dr. Howell. An expert on human anatomy, he explains how shoes can:
upset natural weight distribution
overload joints
decrease foot flexibility
reduce shock absorbtion of the arch
cause bunions and in-grown toenails

Put your best-bare-foot forward
Howell offers practical tips—and 50 good reasons—for easing into a barefoot lifestyle. He describes the best shoes to wear (if we must) but strongly encourages us to try going barefoot and to feel the life-changing health benefits.

With barefoot hiking and running clubs springing up all over and the recent success of minimalist footwear, the time for bare feet is here. Whether you want to create more barefoot time for you and your family or go bare 24/7, The Barefoot Book will help you every free and natural step of the way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630266639
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(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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