A couple weeks ago, the Freakonomics Radio podcast (one of my favorites) came out with an episode titled “These Shoes Are Killing Me!” It’s all about the potential damage we’re doing to our feet with the shoes we wear. Coincidentally, I’ve been frequently pondering this topic over the past few years. In high school and college, I wore heels 90% of the time. It’s no surprise that being pregnant and having babies changed that quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I still love my high heels and the boost of confidence I feel when wearing them. But at what cost? I can tell I haven’t been kind to my feet. I have bunions and calluses. My feet often feel sore or achy, or have blisters from shoes that rub, cut into my feet, or fit improperly.
I love the free feeling of bare feet and encourage my children to go barefoot as often as possible (or as Stella likes to say, have a “shoe break”).