From all the benefits I've heard about walking outside barefoot, it really seems great and I'd love to do it.
But there's one thing I'm worried about - All the parasites. In NH around 90% of all deer ticks carry Lyme disease ... That's a really scary number, it's the highest it's ever been. I'm worried I'd get ticks all over my legs & feet if I ran around in the woods with no shoes... Or some sort of parasitic worm burrowing into my sole.
I really hate parasites. I've had some awful encounters with them when I was little - They scare the hell out of me.
Thanks for the link, Alyxandra :). I've heard about these before & They seem awesome. But they're a bit expensive. Maybe in the future but for now, I wanna know about running barefoot :P!
Hey I just watched that last night :)! & That's where I learned it too. I wonder if you can get B12 by walking around barefoot.
Hopefully some people will chime in and inform us about the parasite/tick issue.
Yes, you can get parasites walking in bare feet.
I just learned tonight that walking barefoot helps you absorb minerals from the earth.
No. Sorry, but this is just basic anatomy. This recent study is as close as you will come to researchers taking this idea seriously.
Do any of these footwears work in my conditions -30-40's?
Did I read that right -30 degrees? Holy crap! I've never even felt temperates that cold.
I did a 2.5 hour run in huaraches today with bare feet and the temp was mid 40's and I did not get cold. It gets too cold for me to wear huaraches at around 40 degrees and I either wear toe socks underneath or Vibram FF's.
Sockwa's may be ok if you have thick socks on but they are still very thin.
Another option you could consider for colder temps is shoes made by Soft Star. Flat thin soles with wide toebox for natural foot movement. Most of their shoes are leather but they have a pair called Vegan Rambler's which are really light and exceptionally comfortable. They offer a little more protection without feeling too constraining. I've been wear the same pair almost everyday to work for the past year or so. I jog/walk during my commute. They just seem to get more comfortable the more I wear them. Temperatures where I live are pretty much always above freezing though.
Yup -38 now.
I will have to check soft star. I have size 14 feet. Smart move to live in above freezing areas.
I appreciate your feedback on the different options.