Thursday, January 11, 2018

Chris Roat Feels That Barefoot is Best

The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 250-thousand sweat glands and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Some people decry cramming all of that into shoes. They are "barefooters."

Chris Roat (center in photo) advocates barefoot living — going shoeless in every kind of weather and on every kind of terrain. Roat runs a website devoted to barefoot hiking and belongs to the Society for Barefoot Living. The society promotes the right to live sans shoes, whether you're climbing a mountain or strolling into a restaurant.

"For me it was just more natural and comfortable," Roat says. He says he started going barefoot in the mid 1990s, when he was going to school in Florida. "I had gone barefoot a lot on vacation, while vacationing at the Jersey shore. I was always impressed by the people who would go barefoot everywhere ... even on the hot pavement or on the boardwalk at night."

Roat says going barefoot is healthier than wearing shoes. He argues that our feet are generally able to manage direct contact with sharp objects or rough surfaces. Barefooters get a range of responses in public places like restaurants, he says, depending on the personal prejudices of the staff.


He says he tries to avoid offending families, donning shoes when necessary to keep from making them uncomfortable. Now a Philadelphia resident, he says he has even shoveled snow in his bare feet. "The last time it snowed, I started out with my sandals on," he says. "About five or 10 minutes in, I decided my feet were too hot and I took them off."


7 comments:

  1. walking barefoot, is positive also because it improves blood circulation.

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    1. A nice massage does too...just thought I would mention that! :-)

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  2. We live as much of our life barefoot as we can.....hell we live naked as much as we can. I have never liked walking around the house in socks or slippers. Since I retired the only time I wear shoes is when I have to leave home, usually sandals or flip flops. Bryn usually runs barefoot. When he has a full day in the office he kicks off his shoes and usually takes off his socks. He keeps a pair of leather flip flops at the office so he can walk around without flouting the dress code. I have heard that being barefoot is good for the circulation and being a diabetic that is important to me....so bugger the shoes and socks.

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    1. Lose the shoes, that is what I say! I actually go barefoot or in flip flops more than not. I do have some nice shoes when I do need to wear shoes, but I have many more pairs of flip flops in my closet.

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    2. I'm still waiting you show your feet, Gabriel!

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  3. I am barefoot all the time - only put on shoes (flip-flops) if I have to go somewhere that won't let me in without some type of shoes. Except in winter...can't go outside in winter. I used to. But that was before the M.D. and cold makes my feet cramp.
    I used to do at the office what Bryn does now. I agree, Bruce: Bugger the shoes and socks.

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    1. Going barefoot as much as the weather allows is a good thing. Keep it up!

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