Barefoot Bliss and Ladies Shoes

Ever notice how happy a toddler is when they kick off their shoes? Babies love to be barefoot. How often do we all look forward to kicking off our shoes as soon as we get home from a long days work?

Feet need air and natural shaped surroundings to maintain healthy skin. Sliding (or stuffing) your feet into a pair of shoes is the worst demise for them, and we do it day after day. Designers decide and promote shoe styles to make feet have a certain look. But, very few of these fashion-geared, toe-crunching, eye-appealing ladies shoes are anywhere near the shape of a foot. Take a look at your feet. By any stretch of the imagination, do you see the shape of a pin-pointed triangle or square-shaped line of toes?

Most ladies shoes are moisture trapping devices, and feet are locked into a swamp-like atmosphere. Often, feet are forced to endure constant pounding from the body’s weight within the walls of shoes that have very little resemblance to the shape of the foot. But, hey, they look good, right?

Women love shoes! The more the better! There are ladies shoes with pointed toes, rounded toes, open-toes, high-heels, low-heels, no-heels, ballerina, clogs, sandals, thongs, strappy, colorful, rhinestone-studded, even clear plastic shoes. Shoes made from materials, such as, plastic, rubber, synthetics, jelly, canvas, jute, leather. The list goes on and on, and the stacks of shoes, found in many closets, attests to the love women have for shoes.

Women twirl their shoes on the big toes of their feet, shift their weight from one foot to another while enduring high-heel beauties, and happily click-clack or flip-flop through stores, offices, airports, and parking lots. There seems to be an unwritten requirement that a shoe must announce one’s arrival or departure. But, the first thing many women do when they get home is kick off those fashion statement must-haves. Ahh, yes, the relief of being barefooted!

Feet change shape, drastically, from years of being forced into contraptions that are supposed to protect the feet. The skin of young feet is smooth and soft, but older foot skin can be hard, rough and cracked. Corns, bunions, and twisted toes are evidence of ill-fitting shoes and foot abuse.

Women buy into the hype of the hottest ladies shoe fashions and trends, irregardless of the unnatural, almost impossible, shoe shapes. Which brings to mind the story of Cinderella and that glass slipper. Remember how those evil step-sisters wriggled, pushed, and twisted their feet, trying to get that shoe on? Comical, but in reality this is exactly what women do everyday! Makes me wonder if women would buy into square-shaped bras if designers decided that was the newest hot and sexy look? For crying out loud!

Just why do women continue to stick their feet in shoes that pinch, rub, and gouge their skin? They rush to stores offering shoe sales, and fill their arms with the newest, must-have styles. Women agonize and endure squeezing, clamping and binding because they admire how the shoe makes their feet look (at least in their eyes). Never mind that through all of this, they add their names on the next candidate for foot deformities list.

A foot shape can be altered by consistently wearing ill-fitting shoes that sport exaggerated, sharply-pointed toes. Many shoes squeeze and press on the toenails because the toe box is not high enough to allow any toe movement or air circulation. The toes are squeezed together, and sometimes one on top of the other. And, women continue wearing these ill-fitted, unnatural shaped shoes just for the joy of it all! Shoes can cause women’s backs to be twisted, thrown out of line by shifting the natural curvature of the spine. The cushioning in the balls of the feet become flat from bearing the body’s full weight.

Heels, toes and soles of the feet tell about the abuse, and often, women have problems walking as time goes by. Are you ready to ride around the mall or grocery store seated in a motorized shopping cart?

Many women who have post-foot damage, cannot, or would not, consider cramming their feet into a pair of those five-inch Stilettos, needle-pointed ladies shoes, or high heels. Many learned, too late, about the damage they’ve done to the transportation body parts. But, once the feet are damaged, most likely, it is irreversible. And, there goes the night on the town, dancing till dawn, or that countryside stroll.

Remember how great your feet felt when you walked barefooted on a sandy beach? Besides the luxurious warm and cool feelings, sand gives feet a complete manicure and grinds away dried skin. The sand caresses and massages the feet and toes, increases balance and strength, and promotes a pain free way of walking. The whole natural experience results in feet that have baby-smooth skin.

Give a bit of thought and loving care to those two things at the end of your body; those two feet and ten little piggies support and carry you everywhere you want to go. Take the time to soak, scruff, massage, and caress them with revitalizing lotion.

Ladies, you won’t be going anywhere without those two little marvels! Without two healthy feet, no matter how great they look wedged into those shiny, embellished, colorful beauties we love and know as shoes you will be viewing the world from a chair. Oh, you will still want to walk, dance and take part in life’s offerings, but damaged feet will keep you on the sidelines.