Many barefooters are aware of Simon Wikler’s book, “Take Off Your Shoes and Walk”, from 1961. You can even see a bit of it at the Parents for Barefoot Children site.
You may not be aware that he had an even earlier book.
Early this week, while highlighting Allan Savory, I noted his appearance on the new PBS series Earth: A New Wild. There was another episode of the series this past Wednesday, entitled Forests, that included a visit to the Huaorani in the Amazonian Rainforest.
What struck me about the segment was how little the westerners even attempted to fit into the environment.
Yes, they do. They all have little teeny tiny eyes that they use to look at you before they decide to infect you. And if they see that you have bare feet, they say to themselves, “I got one!” They then race each other to see who can be first in infect.
Of course, that’s silly.
Ken Bob Saxton, in his book Barefoot Running, Step by Step, identifies what he calls B.R.E.S.: Barefoot Running Exuberance Syndrome. He refers to some of the pains one can get when getting too exuberant about barefoot running and overdoing it. Like everything else, you have to work up to barefoot running.
The same principle applies to acclimating to the cold. I’ve called that Acclimatization Inadequacy Syndrome.
There is a very interesting (and long) article about whether bare feet are better at the Neuroanthropology site. The article is well supported with scientific articles.
The article’s discussion of “support” and what is “natural” got me thinking about a different way to look at things.