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Sep 30th, 2022 at 2:41pm
 
Its just the best for walking. Makes you feel agile and grounded, at home in nature. Imagine shoes that wear like socks. Once you experience it you never want heels or thick soles again.
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Reply #1 - Sep 30th, 2022 at 5:59pm
 
Did several "hardcore" barefoot hikes in the Canadian Rockies, and yes I agree It feels really grounding, especially when you don't have to look out for things nails or glass. Also noticed that my soles thickened very quickly once I started walking barefoot.
The only thing is, you look everywhere you place your feet. Shoes free up your eyes, so that you can look elsewhere. (which is why shoes would have been invented)
Barefoot shoes seem like the perfect compromise, but I have yet to try them.
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Reply #2 - Oct 1st, 2022 at 9:35am
 
   Do you have a link to what you're talking about?  I Googled Barefoot Shoes but all I found were regular shoes that were named Barefoot Shoes.
    When I was an older teen I went one complete Summer without wearing shoes at all.  By the end of the Summer I could walk on anything.  It's really amazing how tough the soles of our feet can get.
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Reply #3 - Oct 1st, 2022 at 1:58pm
 
It's basically an indian mocassin or medieval european shoe. Minimalist footwear without thick soles to provide flexibibility to the feet and shape around the feet instead of forcing the feet to shape to the shoe.

Sandals like this work for example
https://www.decathlon.nl/p/waterafstotende-kampeersandalen-500-rubber/_/R-p-1743...
Crocs can also work, as a cheap option. Either I like to combine with DIY felted wool socks.

For more expensive options there are many choices available like vivobarefoot.
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Reply #4 - Oct 1st, 2022 at 2:16pm
 
Check out Vibram five finger shoes, they look like gloves for ur feet. I got a pair of these and man what a difference on my feet, Iíll never go back. A little fiddle to put on the first couple of times.
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Reply #5 - Oct 1st, 2022 at 7:38pm
 
Here is a pic of them.
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Reply #6 - Oct 3rd, 2022 at 10:42am
 
Yeah the foot gloves have been around for a while, friend of mine had some of the first in the UK.

The diabetes put a stop to my bare foot days.

Not so much the invisible demons stabbing me, though that did make the feet sensitive for a few years
These days it's a lack if sensitivity.
I could walk on something sharp and go around with a hole in my foot, and not know about it.

That said I've worn sandals without socks for decades, so the soles of my feet are like leather anyway.

Never been into hiking or climbing, so never tried the foot gloves personally, they always look like fun.

Plus I'm at an age where a bit of arch support is welcome.

The other thing you get with age are toenails like adamantium, that would probably tear through the toe pieces of a foot glove in very short order.
I doubt even leather would last more than a week or two.
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Reply #7 - Oct 3rd, 2022 at 12:30pm
 
My grad-school advisor started wearing these as his everyday footwear. The gross thing was he never washed them. I don't recall an odor, but they sure looked like they stunk!

When I lived on an orchard, I would run barefoot all the time. Loved it. I could even run on the asphalt roads for about 5 miles, albeit not as fast as on dirt (it would blister if I did).  Barefoot is excellent.
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Reply #8 - Oct 3rd, 2022 at 4:05pm
 
Yes I am not huge on the toe shoes myself although I love the flat sole. My preference goes to the decathlon sandals and something similar and they also don't brake the bank. I use them with wool socks or wool felt socks when it gets cold. Wool felt socks can adsorb a lot of moisture without feeling cold or clammy. I've also made wool felt huaraches and they work well but they are not quite socially acceptable to wear
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Reply #9 - Oct 3rd, 2022 at 10:56pm
 
I've never really seen shoes like this.  I'll look into it some more.  I like the concept.
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