This evening, I am doing a presentation at school all about going barefoot. This post provides links to resources I will use in the talk, and a few more that might be of interest. If you are thinking about going barefoot, I thoroughly recommend taking it slowly and reading/watching the media in this post, but also pursuing your own search for other advice by barefooters much more experienced than I am.
The first I ever knew about running barefoot was when I saw a young Zola Budd compete at international level. Nearly thirty years later, I ran without shoes. The article this image is taken from is an interesting read from 2010 in the Daily Mail, ‘Why barefoot running is better for your body‘.
The foot on wikipedia:
The human foot and ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Harvard University Skeletal Biology Lab
Thinking about a transition to barefoot running, YouTube search
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
A Simple Guide to the Forefoot Step – Natural Walking by Dirk Beckman
The Barefoot Professor, Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University
Why I ditched my running shoes by Mark Boustead
Gait 101: learning to run more naturally by Dr Phil Maffetone
Principles of Natural Running with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
My post from the earlier days about minimalist footwear
Police horses go barefoot in the USA