Key Articles

  • A Case for Bare Feet
    by Paul J. Lucas, Michael M. Berrow, Richard K. Frazine, and Robert A. Neinast 1997 (updated September 1999)

    This is hoped to be the definitive paper on barefooters explaining:

    • who we are and why going barefoot means a lot to us,
    • there are no laws or health department regulations against bare feet,
    • why we believe discrimination against barefooters is illegal,
    • how going barefoot is natural and healthy,
    • and how some shoes are harmful.

    It is hoped that this paper will help to regain the freedom our parents and grandparents had to go barefoot anywhere. We do this for ourselves and our children.

    The paper is also available in Adobe's Portable Document Format:

    [PDF] A Case for Bare Feet .

  • Why Shoes Make "Normal" Gait Impossible
    by Dr. William A. Rossi, D.P.M.
  • The Barefoot League
    by James L.M. Bain, 1914
    This is a paper written in 1914 on the virtues and delights of barefoot walking. At first, it might seem to have precious little to do with bare feet, but be patient. It's nice to know there were barefooters back then, and probably even earlier.
  • The Barefoot Path in the Western Contemplative Tradition
    by Ken Rice, 1997
    A Society for Barefoot Living member's historical research and views on bare feet through the eyes of western religion.
  • Endangered Pleasures
    by Barbara Holland, 1995
    A wonderful two page essay on going barefoot. Every barefooter will relate to what she says.
  • Take off Your Shoes and Walk
    by Simon J. Wikler, 1961

    In this book, podiatrist Dr. Wikler advocated going barefoot for better foot health (especially for children). He also explained how shoes often deform and distort our feet.

    This book has long been out of print, but we were able to lay our hands on a copy from a public library. Used copies may be available on

    We have made a "fair use extract" of the book. It consists of mostly the first three chapters and a few small parts of others. The entire book is 174 pages. The rest of the book deals with shoe-fitting, restorative excercises, foot health evaluation techniques and the like. Four useful diagrams from the early chapters have been included.

    A special note to parents: If anyone gives you any grief about allowing your child to be barefoot, having this material on hand should be very helpful.

  • Barefoot Rights
    by Myranya Werlemann, 1999
    Why 'No shoes, no service' policies are wrong. Let Myranya explain.
  • Additional Research
    on the Parents for Barefoot Children website.
  • Barefoot Running
    by Michael Warburton, 2001