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Jul 11

Crocs my arse.

‘Would you not put some aul’ shoes on the poor child’s feet?’

  they say to me, eyeing me up and exchanging worried glances with onlookers as Sir Fartsalot wombles barefoot, only two weeks qualified as a provisional walker. It’s adorable.

HeĀ jaunts aroundĀ on hot tarmac and stony patio and squishy grassy patches, on sharp pebbles and fluffy carpet, the more textured the better. Touch is so important for learning and what better way than through your feet? I’ve no idea why they make shoes for babies. Welly boots are pretty much all they need. Shoes are often too tempting for babies to remove anyway… have a look at the floor of your local toy shop or supermarket, littered with socks and sandles they are, in a little oddsock parade of wasted money.

And ANYWAY, runners are a hazard to your health!

I’ve always thought it funny that sports brands advertise shoe support so well and get away with it. They put cushioning in every available crevice of the sole of your foot and tell you that you’ve just parted fairly serious money for something that’s great for your feet when it’s entirely the opposite case! They have us all suckered!!!

Think about it, if you support something, you make it weaker don’t you? If you try to correct something that’s already perfect, say by walking around on just your left leg and a pair of crutches for a year… chances are you right leg won’t thank you for it. It’s why marathon runners usually end up with dodgy knees, apparently.

Imagine running barefoot through a forest on a warm summers day after a rainshower to absorb it of all its squelchy nourishment, and tell me it doesn’t sound tempting. And how good for your body would it be if you actually went and did it every now and then?

I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and loved every word of it, it all made so much sense.

Doesn’t it?

Which reminds me…

Here’s a video showing you how to put your cat in standby mode:

Maybe this trick will distract the neighbours from the baby’s feet for a feckin’ change.

Bring on the comments

  1. I totally agree! He’ll be a smart one. My niece gnaws on her sandals. :)

  2. I meant to add that there is a fella by the name of Cody Lundin that has been walking barefoot for 20 years! And, he lives in the desert. He runs a survival training school in Arizona and has a show in the states with another survivor. He swears that we’ll live longer, if we go barefoot. That all depends on where you live, I suppose. :)

  3. Brianf says:

    I strongly dislike wearing any form of shoes. I go barefoot as often as possible. So go on Sir Farts-alot keep those shoes off for as long as you can!

  4. Jo says:

    I come from a barefoot family, and my mother in law has to wear slippers, even on carpet. Say no more.

    Totally agree about the support issue. My son’s first ones were those soft, squashy, Clarke’s pre-walkers. Second pair too, I think. I tried a pair of Start-Rites on him and he walked round like I’d put him in a 19th century leg brace. No more of that!

  5. K8 says:

    Jefferson; Velcro is very therapeutic to chew on! Yes Arizona’s one thing… Ireland in November is another, I agree.

    BrianF; Unless they make Doc Martens for two year olds? That’d be pretty funky.

    Jo; Ah, poor wee thing! I know that walk… blisters imminent, pick me up mummy? Ouch.

  6. Holemaster says:

    The cat video is effing hilarious.

  7. Holemaster says:

    I bought Born to Run for Holemistress. She loves it.

  8. Baino says:

    I’m Australian. Thongs are national dress here. Barefoot’s a bit risky cos we have bindies and bities but shoes? Overrated. I was going to say something profound but got distracted by the disabled cat.

  9. unstranger says:

    That’s an amazing trick with the cat. I like that!

  10. K8 says:

    Yes, the cat is very distracti…

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