- what is barefooting?
- why students around Cal Poly don’t wear shoes
- pros and cons of going barefoot
A select few of students around the campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo can be spotted walking around barefoot. This lack of shoes is a movement called “barefooting” and is done for multiple reasons such as it being healthy for the feet and body as a whole. However, is barefooting actually better for your feet as some people claim?
What do shoe-wearing students think?
I discovered that students are either supportive, weirded out, or neutral about the barefoot people around campus.
“The first time I saw my WOW leader barefoot around campus I was really weirded out. But after talking to her about it I’m more supportive of the idea. It’s a liberating feeling and increases the strength in the arches of your feet,” business sophomore Tabitha Ahern said.
However, some students are not as accepting about the shoeless lifestyle.
“I honestly don’t get why people go barefoot around campus. I just see a hygiene problem, and scratches waiting to happen. But if you can last all day all around campus, more power to you,” political sciences sophomore Hamzah Ramadan said.
Why do people “barefoot?”
Going barefoot is good and healthy for you, according to the Living Barefoot blog:
“Why go barefoot? Because being barefoot is healthy for you! Because being barefoot can feel great! Because being barefoot is how our bodies were designed!”
Being barefoot is natural and wearing shoes actually damages the way the foot should act naturally, Living Barefoot said.
“The more we wear shoes, the more we damage and weaken our feet.” -Living Barefoot.
If you come to think of it, there was a time when people didn’t even wear shoes on their feet. It makes sense that shoes actually interrupt the natural shape of the foot.
One main reason students at Cal Poly go barefoot is simply for comfort, earth sciences sophomore Zoe Stephens said.
“I just really don’t like wearing shoes sometimes and I like the feel of the warm ground on my feet,” Stephens said.
- stronger, flexible, and more mobile feet
- fewer deformities
- less likely to have flat feet
- lower rate of osteoarthritis
Cons for barefooting according to Wikipedia:
- cuts, bruises or puncture wounds from glass, nails, etc.
- athlete’s foot
- laws requiring footwear in some establishments