The Discovery Channel has a really cool infographic on their web site, entitled Why Running Shoes Do More Harm than Good.
Here’s some of what it covers:
I imagine most of you have heard about Sam Snead. He was a golfer who won 82 times on the PGA tour between 1936 and 1965, with seven of those being major championships. Back in 2000, Golf Digest ranked him the 3rd greatest golfer of all time.
He also made a lot of his backcountry origins, including learning to play golf barefooted.
In Wellington, New Zealand, Primary Sport Wellington is “the organisation responsible for overseeing sport for its 64 member primary schools within Wellington City.” Their Interzone Athletics is held every year, and they just had one a few days ago.
The interesting thing is that they don’t have any sort of artificial footwear rules, so the kids run in what they want to. And for many of them, that means bare feet.
Over the past couple of days I’ve managed to drive for about 12 hours. And as anybody over the age of 40 knows, just sitting there not moving really allows the blood to pool in your legs and feet.
Various articles, such as this one from eHow suggest “wearing shoes which slip on and off and are easy to remove if you notice swelling.”
Of course, if you drive barefoot, you’re one step ahead of the game.