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    We're a "barefoot in the house" family too! I am a big fan of Five Fingers, and wear them when I go in public places - there are a lot of hazards to be found and it's impossible to spot them all. Remember Rule #9 (Avoid Trauma). I don't want to step on broken glass or any other dangerous hazzard underfoot. When I need a less casual shoe than Five Fingers (or when I am working a more technical trail) I wear Nike Free 3.0. If I need a "business" shoe then I wear what the occasion requires, chalk it up to the 80/20 rule and get out of the bad shoes as soon as I can.


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    I guess I just try to keep my bare-footing to places I'm reasonably sure there will be no broken glass - my own yard, and the parks I go to for hiking and trail running and sprinting.


    As far as stones and some pretty pointy roots, you just get used to it.


    Also, I noticed that after walking down this one particular rocky creek (6" to 2' deep) I like to walk down (while barefoot), my feet muscles were pretty sore for a couple days. The "baby head" rocks really helped to strengthen those muscles even more than just the running around in bare feet did. But after a couple times, my feet were used to it and they weren't sore anymore.


    The trails I go on are usually pretty deserted, but I do pass by others occasionally and they make comments sometimes - it's pretty funny - like "Whoa dude! That's crazy!", "You're really brave.", "No shoes huh?", and my favorite, "See mom! HE doesn't have to wear shoes!"


    Oh, something else I noticed since traveling barefoot through the woods, and have confirmed the few times I have gone back to using shoes, the animals and birds are way less "skittish". They either don't run/fly away at all or they only do so when I'm much closer to them. Some, I think it's because I end up sneaking up on them (barefoot is so much quieter), but others do see me and just choose not to bolt.


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    I bought a pair of old school chuck taylors for lifting and they are awesome. They have a nice flat hard sole for good "floor grip" when squatting/deadlifting. I've noticed that my feet and ankles have gotten stronger since wearing them over running shoes.


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    I have a very sensitive, soft skin and would never be able to walk barefoot on a hiking trail. Any little rock or a twig, or whatever, will definitely hurt me big time. It's not just the skin on my feet. It's like that all over my body. My skin is very easy to cut or scrape.


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    I've tried barefoot running in socks, seems to help at least a little bit with blistering.


    Has anybody tried these? http://www.lunasandals.com/custom-huaraches/10-cu.html Cheaper than most alternatives, although it might be a little inconvenient for those in the north...


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    fitnes spotlight just did a post on this today or yesterday.


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    Oh, the irony... Still didn't mention anything about those Huaraches though. I'm thinking I should order a pair but would appreciate a second opinion


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