The argument that because its natural its better really doesn’t make any sense. We don’t live in the same world that prehistoric man lived in so why would the same rules apply for whats best? My girlfriend grew up in the backwoods of Northern California and ran around in the forest barefoot all the time growing up. Her feet are tough as hell but the forest isn’t paved.
In a world where most of our walking is done on even hard surfaces shoes are required. Further, as far as exercising goes, remember prehistoric man didn’t lift weights and really only would have run when being chased or doing chasing.[/quote]
The problem is one of extremes. Who knows what pre-historic man did…it doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that today’s world primarily wears shoes, and many times BAD shoes, all of the time except when they shower and sleep. So people have more cases of feet issues. No natural light, tight, sweaty cramped conditions cause all sorts of nastiness to grow and thrive that otherwise would not survive the light of day of those that go barefoot when they can. The bad shoes cause tendons so shorten and muscles to weaken…and we all know this is not good. There is a place for shoes just as there is a place for bare feet. People need to find a better balance.