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    I've been enjoying going barefoot in the recent warm weather and wanted to find a way of going on walks barefoot. Unfortunately in the UK conditions aren't often good for ditching the shoes- mud, broken glass dog poo, etc.

    Minimalist shoes are available (Merrell, Vivo, etc) but are expensive, typically costing between 60-130. I hit upon the idea one day of using wetsuit shoes. These are stretchy neoprene shoes with a thin flat rubber sole, typically used by surfers. They can be a bit pricey but most seaside resorts have cheap versions for about 5 and they are available on Amazon.

    I've dug mine out of the shed and wear them now on most if my walks. Sure, your feet will get wet, but they protect you from dirt, stones, etc. The soles aren't designed for this type of use and will probably wear out fairly quickly, but at 5 a pair they are cheap to replace.

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    Ah, we were just talking about this elsewhere the other day - the pleasures of walking barefoot in the grass, although our concerns were over being careful when there are patches of lush clover around, given how much the bees love them. Dont want to inadvertently squish a hard working bumbler.

    Good idea of yours, Tim, although I dont think I'm personally ready to trot off on a good sized walk in bare feet (or a very close approximation).

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    I love walking barefoot too but I am not aware of what wet suit shoes look like (did google but have not seen them in real life). What concerns me is that are they still restricted in the toe area? One of the advantages in Vibrams is that the toes are allowed to spread out giving the foot & leg more support. Anything that restricts the toe area causes you to walk differently and so causing you possible problems with knees and hips. As I have issues already, I don't think these would be any good for me.
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    I prefer not to wear shoes whenever possible, but even in the garden, i'm limited by things like thorns (hawthorn hedge clippings) and gravel (drive) - I do my best though!! Thorns would go straight through neoprene shoes, unfortunately (they go straight through crocs, if long enough).

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    I am glad that I am not the only one who likes barefoot. My feet need serious attention this week though before going away at the weekend. Pretty sure I can grow my own leather soles if left much longer. I happily trot around gardening barefoot ( no hawthorn) including sharp gravel on front drive. I have tried wet suit type shoes but they make my feet sweaty (tmi) pretty quickly as do crocs. Would love vibrams but just too expensive if I don't like wearing them.

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    Article here on barefoot running by Mark Sissons:
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/barefoot-running-criticism-and-salmon-roe/#axzz2ZnXC5huE
    "Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have - and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life." Philip Appleman

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    I bought my Vibrams on Barefoot.ie with free delivery for €35. I know this may be no good for anyone in the UK but it may help those in Ireland. They had extensive sale stock.

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    See what the 30DayBlitz did to my Vibrams... Not dissing them as they are so comfortable just not lasting very long.. Might be cos they're not designed for rotund folk At this rate I will be needing a new pair soon and these are only a month old! I know I have walked daily in them for minimum 30 mins a day not sure what that would equate to mileage wise?? I paid 65 so quite expensive for just over a months walking! Will I buy more well yes due to their comfort... Cheers Andrew

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