I love adventurous travel. I love seeing new places, and meeting new people. I love going for a run on a new beach, and scrambling to the top of a new mountain. I don’t love heavy luggage, and I don’t love taking things that I don’t need.
“A sports shoe with a lot of arch support might not be such a great idea,” – Robin Huw Crompton, University of Liverpool
Humans are dynamic creatures individually and collectively. Variation is incredible and astonishing and no more so than in the feet. Wide, narrow, fallen arches, flat feet, collapsed arches, high insteps and high arches all co-exist within human populations. Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we appreciate the beauty of this variation in the human foot and recognise importance of letting your foot do its thing.
In a recent study Bates et al have shown, in this first quantitative analysis of relative mid-foot function during bipedal terrestrial locomotion, that somewhat unsurprisingly different people have different characteristic footprints but also each person also showed a high degree of foot flexibility and a lot of variation among footsteps over time.
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
The intelligence of play is to keep playing throughout life.
Children love to be outdoors in their natural environment. They love to be in the fresh air and sunlight, barefoot and naked, surrounded by trees and flowers, playing in the water and hearing the birds and the wind. It is so very important to allow our children to have the freedom to learn through play. Children are naturally interested in their surroundings and without this driving curiosity, without this innate need to explore and understand what the environment provides, children would fail to thrive and learn. As parents, it is vital that we recognize the role of curiosity in shaping our children’s lives.
We as humans make sense of the world through play and we naturally want to try and understand everything around us. If children are free to play, they cultivate an engagement with the world. It develops calmness, awareness, self-understanding, skills, confidence, curiosity and flexibility to handle stress and they learn the necessary skills of human beings everywhere – physical skills, linguistic skills, intellectual skills and social skills.
If your feet could dream, what would they dream about? Barefoot running across sandy beaches? A massage at the end of a long day? A bit of TLC? Your feet and you: it’s a relationship that most of us rarely think about, yet it’s arguably the most important relationship in your life right now. Chances are, every day you struggle and squeeze into your poorly fitted shoes to go about your daily business: leaving your aching extremities yearning for those few precious moments of freedom encased in your cosy slippers with your morning cup of tea. Read more…
Over the past few months I have been using VIVOBAREFOOT shoes as my go to training shoe to compliment my training in Parkour. When training as a Parkour practitioner it’s important to condition and strengthen your feet, legs and core to be more resilient to potential injuries, especially from the hip down to the feet. Read more…
As the name suggests Galahad Clark, VIVOBAREFOOT’s Managing Direct, hails from the Clarks shoe clan, but “he would happily have us all
running barefoot” writes Paul McIntyre in The Australian Financial Review.
“Galahad Clark. It’s quite a name and somewhat apt given this Englishman is on a rather grand mission. … The 36 year old University of North Carolina anthropology graduate would prefer people ditch shoes altogether, or at least the modern running shoe with air and gel based shock absorption.” Read more…
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