Articles about Barefooting

Online Articles

The article, citing new research by Bournemouth University, states, “Schoolchildren who attend their lessons wearing no shoes are likely to obtain better grades and behave better than those who wear them, a decade-long academic research has revealed.

The article provides the rationale for no shoes and the observed results, based on a study of schools in Scandinavia, England, Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Heppell’s related website: “Shoeless Learning Places”

Follow-up article: Take your shoes off!  Barefoot kids do better at school – by Angela Mollard, News.com.au (June 3, 2016)

  • Sole Exposed
    by Mark P. Davies (Sept., 2015) – A thoughtful article in Spirit of Change Magazine as the author reflects on the often overlooked benefits and delights of going barefoot, especially outdoors.
  • Why I Dare To Go Barefoot
    by Angela Kelly, The Express (Dec., 2011) – The story of Bea Marshall, inspirational speaker, coach and lifestyle barefooter (also featured on our “People” page).
  • You Walk Wrong
    by Adam Sternbergh (2008) – A New York magazine article on the problems with shoe wearing and the benefits of the alternative–going barefoot.
  • Barefoot Rights
    by Myranya Werlemann (1999) – Why “No shoes, no service” policies make no sense.  Let Myranya explain…
  • A Case For Bare Feet
    by Paul J. Lucas, Michael M. Berrow, Richard K. Frazine, and Robert A. Neinast (1999) – Despite the fact that laws  and health department regulations do not prohibit bare feet, people who go barefoot have increasingly and unnecessarily faced discrimination and even hostility. This paper presents the natural and healthy benefits of going barefoot and also explains the harm shoes can cause.
  • Endangered Pleasures
    by Barbara Holland (1995) – A wonderful two page essay on going barefoot. Anyone who enjoys going barefoot will relate.
  • The Barefoot League
    by James L.M. Bain (1914) – This paper, written over 100 years ago, highlights the virtues and delights of barefoot walking. At first, it might seem to have little to do with bare feet, but keep reading.

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