Some vindication for all you dedicated foot-nudists out there: apparently there’s a simple reason why so many people eventually develop foot pain or busted knees: shoes. Our feet are exquisitely designed tools made for communing with the ground we walk on, or something, and the unnatural act of wearing shoes distorts the natural efficiency of our feet:
“Natural gait is biomechanically impossible for any shoe-wearing person,” wrote Dr. William A. Rossi in a 1999 article in Podiatry Management. “It took 4 million years to develop our unique human foot and our consequent distinctive form of gait, a remarkable feat of bioengineering. Yet, in only a few thousand years, and with one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait, obstructing its engineering efficiency, afflicting it with strains and stresses and denying it its natural grace of form and ease of movement head to foot.” In other words: Feet good. Shoes bad.
Read the article to find out about the evolution of the foot and of shoe-wearing, and ways to walk better short of going around everywhere barefoot, you hippie (the design pictured above is not really a shoe, it’s a painted foot).
Full article in New York: How We’re Wrecking Our Feet With Every Step We Take