On Being Barefoot

Ok not exactly barefoot, but as close as I’m likely to get.

For a few months I’ve been more conscious of wearing my thinner soled shoes. I’ve got lots of friends running around in those creepy 5-fingers, espousing the joys of being “barefoot” and why I should read born to run.

I don’t run. That’s not to say I’d run like crazy if a bear was behind me, but it is to say, he’d probably catch me. That said though, I can’t argue with the assertions about our feet being all out of whack because of thick soled Nikes. It really hit home when Nicole’s feet started to hurt from Plantar Fasciitis.

Anyhow. I’m not wearing 5-Fingers. I hate toes, they creep me out, they’re usually not pretty, i don’t need to see them. Then I saw these at REI a few weeks ago. They actually market them as “Fingerless 5-Fingers” perfect!! I’ve been wanting to have less sole in my shoes for a while, but thought I’d just need more trendy-ish looking shoes.

These are great. I definitely felt a difference within a day of wearing them. My stride is slowly changing, my calves hurt like crazy and I feel like I stand straighter.

There’s definitely a getting used to period, and these combined with my standing desk, mean I take sit-down-and-read-the-iPad breaks a few times a day. You might want to take it slow, I jumped in feet first by taking these to WWDC last week. I walked a few miles a day. You’re supposed to wear them sockless but after the first day at WWDC I hat a few blisters that needed some TLC. My fault entirely. Over all I think the positives far outweigh the minor negatives. I’ve noticed now that when I wear “regular” shoes even for an hour, I feel the difference. My gym shoes immediately felt weird.


If you’re intrigued by the barefoot type shoes but don’t want “monkey feet” these might be a good fit. Oh and at least for me, being so much less “shoe” they’re way cheaper than what I’m used to spending even just for run of the mill walk around shoes. WIN.

One more shot of my feet

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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