Barefoot in the Parks
IF YOU consider yourself the footloose type, you may want to check out one intriguing new trend in hiking: SHOELESS WALKING CLUBS have taken off in Michigan, Connecticut, North Carolina, and California, and walkers in other states will no doubt be following in step. Barefooted nature lovers practice their hobby on leaf-carpeted conservation trails and other soft surfaces, while of course keeping an eye to the ground for jagged rocks and anthills. Besides saving on footwear, enthusiasts claim that the practice is a great way to connect with nature, while at the same time improving balance and toning small foot muscles. In short, it's good for the sole.
Back to the Barefoot Hikers home page The above photograph was taken during the Dirty Sole Society's Fall Barefoot Hike.