Remember being a kid, running through a fresh-cut lawn, nature's fertile ground cushioning your feet? Those days are back and for much more reasons than comfort. The overall health of your home, your family, and your feet are dramatically improved by walking barefoot. In fact, many cultures have been practicing this tradition for thousands of years, in particular, many Asian countries. At first they did this because of the poor quality of public walking areas and streets as well as their sleeping, sitting, and eating accomodations, which were usually on the floor, making it understandable as to why the footwear stayed outside. But even now, with much improved pavement systems and raised Western-style furniture, the tradition remains.
Shoes transfer large amounts of bacteria, toxins, pollutants onto the interior floors which gets circulated throughout the home. Walking barefoot also benefits the health of your feet tremendously. It is much healthier for the skin of the feet because rubbing points on shoes and sandals can leave callouses, bruises, and chafing, as the feet are naturally aired and circulated, the risk of fungal or bacterial growth (athlete's foot) is much lower. In addition, the overall structure and strength and agility of your feet will be improved by barefoot walking. Footwear hinders the full capacity of your feet's movement, bounce and flex, creating weak muscles, bones and ligaments.
The act of simply taking off your shoes can have tremendous outcomes, not only for the health of your feet but as well as the air circulation and quality within your home. So kick off those shoes and let your feet and family reap the benefits of going barefoot!