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

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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 corr ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Hunter House (first published July 1st 2010)
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Annalisa
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was different than what I expected it to be. It is a book that highlights all the reasons why you should go barefoot instead of wearing socks or shoes. The author is a phD that gives you medical reasons as well as reasons like "because you can" or "because it is not against the law". I learned a few things and got a good laugh out of it. He is a strong advocate and encourages you to find and join your nearest barefoot group.
Calvin Read
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I will definitely be going barefoot more often and in places I may not normally have gone barefoot in the past as a result of this book. The science is sound, the logic follows, but the evangelism of the barefoot movement with heavy reliance on anecdotal evidence (despite the author being a doctor! Jeez!) was a pretty big turn-off for me. If I wasn't already pre-disposed to being a naturekind, I might think barefooters were a bunch of woo-woo after reading Howell's book.

I've also sta
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František Müller
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: běhání
Autor sám v úvodu poznamenává, že tím, že zujete boty, svým způsobem vyměníte jednu množinu rizik za druhou. Jedním dechem ale také deklaruje, že rizika spojená s chůzí naboso jsou řádově menší, přestože je v knize prakticky vůbec nerozvádí. Naopak analýza rizik spojených s obutým chodidlem je ústředním tématem knihy. V tomhle ohledu ale kniha byla velmi přínosná (aspoň pro mě), protože autor svoji analýzu staví poctivě od samých základů anatomie a biomechaniky chodidla. Se stejným přístupem pak ...more
Katka
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zajímavá kniha, která může změnit pohled na nošení bot jako na v podstatě kulturní dogma. Zapamatovala jsem si hlavně přirovnání bot k dlaze, která brání normálnímu natahování, otáčení a dalším pohybům chodidla a mění rozložení váhy těla na chodidlo. Autor věnuje hodně pozornosti podrobnému vysvětlení fungování chodidel a deformacím, které boty chodidlům způsobují. Jako podnět k úvahám rozhodně doporučuji. Ačkoli po městě rozhodně v botách chodit nechci, doma už jsem papuče zula.
Iva Jar
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Až na pár kousků knihy, které působí příliš americky, se mi to hodně líbí. Silně mě kniha namotivovala odhodit boty a vyrazit svobodně bosky mezi lidi. Pár let už zkouším chodit v barefoot obuvi, ale vyzout se veřejně docela, k tomu jsem zatím nedostala odvahu. Až teď po přečtení. Něco už mám o barefoot načteno, ale poprvé vidím tak komplexní shrnutí problematiky včetně doporučení jak zvládnout psychologické bariéry. Doporučuji přečíst všem, kdo chodí po dvou nohách.
Olivia
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been thoroughly convinced to kick off my shoes! I discovered minimalist running a few years ago and have craved information on the pros and cons of it. This book was what I had been craving. Dr. Howell explains how the foot works, the effects of wearing shoes (looks like there are more ill effects than good ones!), and tips for getting barefoot more often.

I found this book easy and enjoyable to read. Even the technical sections I was able to follow, and it was never dry. I found myself s
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Mindi Rosser
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here I am writing this, Barefoot (and NOT pregnant)...just had to emphasize that last detail. As a child, I was one of those ruffians who preferred running around the house buck naked and barefoot. Now, I realize our society does not look favorably upon my youthful preference for nil attire. Instead of running off to a commune amongst leftover Woodstockers, I relegated that fantasy to my edgy counterculturalists. Barefooting may challenge the norm, but it will not send me to the jailhouse for ov ...more
Amanda
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I got this book as an early review from Librarything. It called out to me from the list of books because, as much as I like buying and looking at shoes, I don't like wearing them very often. I'm in my ever-present flip flops until the first snow arrives and then back in them once the snow is gone.

This book gives you 50 reasons to go barefoot, a no-brainer for someone like me, but pretty compelling for people who think wearing shoes is the best thing to do for their feet. If you think
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Simon
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, environment
I my read this book for Barefoot because I want to try to walk in the street but it vary hard in the cities and there is most 1% of people using Barefoot in North America. In other world like in Africa they not have shoes so many people are using barefoot and they saying is healthy feet without the any shoes so I was then think about a book about more barefoot.

So I want to library to pick this book and it great story's from real people and they have been all there life without shoes and is grea
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Debbie
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been suffering from chronic foot pain. This book was given to me by my new foot doc - I love him, and it makes perfect sense to me that footwear causes most foot problems - and that those problems become more severe as we "age." Ugh. I've changed my footwear, started wearing "correct toes" while I walk, and though I've certainly done too much, too soon, I realized yesterday that I am actually beginning to see some improvement 2 weeks into the venture. I'm taking this book to my daughter so ...more
Lydia
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since my husband has been into barefoot running and we often go barefoot on our evening walks, I had to read this book. (I've never loved wearing shoes anyways.) I was already aware of much of the first half (physical aspects of wearing/not wearing shoes) but what I found most interesting was the later chapters like the one titled mythbusters. I had no idea you could go barefoot pretty much anywhere...so while I still opt to wear shoes to stores and the library...I'm definitely less concerned ab ...more
Dustin Palmer
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great, short book with practical insight and scientific explanations on why going barefoot--even if for a little while each day--can be beneficial, even in our modern world. I especially liked the anatomy section that did a great job of answering why our feet (and ankles) function better without shoes. The most difficult section, in my opinion, is dealing with the lack of social acceptance for going barefoot--especially for men.
Richard Thompson
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, best1010
Howell’s thesis is that shoes of all kind are bad for your feet, your posture and your health in general, and that in most contexts a person can happily and safely go barefoot. We have read in other contexts about the benefits of going barefoot, and this book makes a strong case. We are looking forward to spring when we can start trying out the idea... in the garden first and then further afield.
Marjanne
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
There's some interesting information here about 'barefooting'. I have generally been a proponent of 'barefootedness' and it was nice to see that by not wearing shoes I am actually helping my feet and body to be healthier. I really liked learning that there are no health department restrictions on being barefoot in public places. However, in spite of the author's strong encouragement I just don't think it's likely you'll catch me walking around barefoot at the grocery store or McDonalds.
D Rich
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well worth reading. Even if you do not enjoy going barefoot most of the time, this book helps you understand why others do and that they pose no threat to you or themselves. Read it and spread the word!
Jane
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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Wendell
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Inspired me to ween myself off shoes and live as barefoot as possible
Kristi
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, barefoot
Not riveting, but very informative. I would recommend to anyone.
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Daniel Howell is an Associate Professor of Biology at Liberty University where he teaches Human Anatomy & Physiology, as well as Biochemistry. Prior to joining the faculty at LU, Daniel performed biomedical research at Duke University Medical Center and McGill University in Montreal. He obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 1998.

Daniel has hiked barefoot for many
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