While bare feet only used to be seen at the beach or in the back yard, now it’s not unusual to see people going barefooted in public parks, on hiking trails, and even on city streets! Proponents of “barefooting” claim that walking barefooted is more natural and better for your feet. But the fact is, human beings started wearing shoes for a reason: to protect feet from the hazards in our environment.
When bare feet come in contact with the ground, they are vulnerable to cuts, punctures and abrasions. Objects on the ground are exposed to all manner of dirt and germs, including bacteria and viruses. In the olden days, getting a cut on your foot could mean death from infection, which could lead to sepsis or diseases such as tetanus. Going barefooted also exposes the skin on the feet to fungus and parasites—especially in tropical climates. Hookworm and roundworm are parasites which are usually picked up on the feet and are believed to infect 25 percent of the world’s population at any given time.
If that’s not enough to convince you to put your shoes on, it’s also a fact that going barefooted dries out the skin on your feet, which can lead to painful cracks and expose feet to infection.
At Okabashi, we understand the desire for healthy and natural feet—but there is a way to keep your feet healthy and safe. Okabashi orthotic sandals and flip flops are the next best thing to going barefooted and will keep feet protected, supported, and aligned properly.