The Art of Aging Bare Feet

How do our feet age? So much is said about the rest of our bodies. As we grow older, we expect to see our bodies become different, for things to change shape and rearrange, and our society makes a lot of fuss about how to prevent these natural signs of aging. But what about our feet? What does a lifetime of running, and particularly barefoot or minimalist running, do to them?

Barefoot-running.us published a particularly thoughtful essay on the subject, simply called Aging Bare Feet. A line that really stuck with me was actually the final one: “It’s worth being careful to keep this gift of movement.” The author provides examples of how she has changed her running style over her lifetime, and it’s interesting to read this piece from someone who has been going unshod for decades. Head on over to their site to read the piece in it’s entirety.

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Author:Jessica

A yogi and triathlete with a particular passion for running.

2 Responses to “The Art of Aging Bare Feet”

  1. phyllis
    March 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I would like to spend more time barefoot, but the fatty pads on the soles of my feet – our natural shock absorbers – have almost completely disappeared and barefoot walking is only tolerable in our thickly carpeted living room. Any solutions?

  2. cody r.
    September 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    a bit late…but you have to ease into toughening the soles, putting them to the test little by little, eventually, it will come back, but you have to stimulate your foot for it to happen

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