Those who know me outside of my insurance persona know that I’m not afraid to march to the beat of a different drummer. Now I’m marching in funny looking shoes that have glove-like compartments for each toe!
Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made… If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
I’m not wearing these shoes (see picture) just to be different, although I must admit that I like being different. They are designed to protect feet from sharp objects and surfaces that are too hot or too cold while still allowing our feet to be be as close to bare as possible. Barefoot is still better than minimalist shoes. I go barefoot when at home.
Buying and wearing my Vibran five-fingers shoes fits in with my basic belief that many of the problems we have are caused by the fact that our bodies and minds were designed for a different place and time.
A couple of months ago I stumbled upon some information on barefoot running including this article on running efficiency. The idea that our foot, leg and back problems could be caused or exacerbated by our shoes made sense to me. Our feet are meant to flex in ways that they can’t in most shoes. Other muscles and joints are forced to compensate when our feet can’t do their job as nature intended.
My life as a Connecticut health insurance agent can mean that I’m shackled to a computer all day and sometimes all night, but I try to live as naturally as I can. I eat a vegan diet that is mostly raw and try to bike in the fresh air and or visit the gym at least 4 times a week.
And now I’m wearing these weird shoes. Although I’ve promised my wife that I will wear more traditional looking shoes to church, but don’t be surprised if you bump into me on the street with my piggies (as my grandaughter would put) nearly exposed!