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    Monday, June 15, 2009

    Ideal Footwear: a barefooters perspective

    Hermes (Lysippos c. 350 BCE)

    So, what is the ideal shoe from the perspective of a barefooter?

    Firstly, let me make it perfectly clear...nothing comes close to the perfection of the foot as-it-is.

    With that in mind, here's what you should look for in footwear:

    1. Lightweight - we don't need any extra weight.
    2. Extremely flexible - don't control my foot thank you.
    3. No support - none, we want to get stronger through good form.
    4. No cushioning - none, it's not needed (see above).
    5. Wide - freedom for feet to be whatever they are...always.
    6. Thin-soled - we need to FEEL the ground.
    7. Puncture proof - as rarely needed insurance.
    8. Durable - long lasting, wear well.
    9. Easy on-and-off - please.
    10. Portable and easy to stow - so we can travel together.
    11. Fairtrade made - thinking about the future.
    12. Green - earth safe materials, recyclable, duh.
    13. Breathable - so as not to suffocate.
    14. Good grip - let us stay upright when things get slippery.
    15. Toe articulation - I have toes for a reason.
    16. Beautiful - because we never tire of beauty's inspiration.
    17. (added 8/8/09) No Stink - a shoe should not smell bad...ever.

    What do you think?

    BFT

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