News and research: Shoes and barefooting


"Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly." ~Epictetus

Daniel Lieberman: Harvard Skeletal Biology Lab

Phys Ed: Do Certain Types of Sneakers Prevent Injuries? NYT by Gretchen Reynolds: July 21, 2010

Running Shoes May Cause Damage to Knees, Hips and Ankles, New Study Suggests: ScienceDaily (Jan. 6, 2010)

Runners are baring their very soles: LA Times October 5, 2009

Wiggling Their Toes at the Shoe Giants: NYT:August 29, 2009

High-heels Linked To Heel And Ankle Pain: ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2009)

Barefoot Walking Lifestyle

Footwear Alters Normal Form And Function Of The Foot: ScienceDaily (July 24, 2009)

The case for minimal footwear

The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money? pdf

Progression: Back to barefoot by Josh Leeger and Charlie Reid

Why were you born with bare feet?

Feet hurt? Stop wearing shoes NPR story

You Walk Wrong: New York Magazine, April 21, 2008

Society for Barefoot Living

Anthropik Network: Learning to Walk

A New Approach to Foot Health

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Oregon study confirms health benefits of cobblestone walking for older adults

Shod versus unshod: The emergence of forefootpathology in modern humans? The Foot 17 (2007) 205–213

Kids VivoBarefoot Technology


Why Shoes Make "Normal" Gait Impossible: How flaws in footwear affect this complex human function. By William A. Rossi, D.P.M

The Maligned Flat Foot: Some See an Advantage By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL: NYT: November 22, 1990

Which Shoes Are Best For Children? Maybe None By NATALIE ANGIER - NYT: Wednesday, August 14, 1991

Kick Your Shoes Off, Free your Feet, tell your nervous system you care

The Case For Minimalist Footwear

Daniel Lieberman's Barefoot Running Page

"It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth... The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing."
--Chief Luther Standing Bear, TETON SIOUX