The Barefoot Book by Dr. Daniel Howell
Dr. Daniel Howell is a professor at Professor of Biology at Liberty University and lives a barefoot lifestyle. His book, The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons to Kick Off Your Shoes discusses how the foot works, how shoes effect your feet, and what you can do about it. His book is well researched and contains insightful scientific studies demonstrating the benefits of going bare. The book also discusses minimalist footwear, the barefoot lifestyle, activities such as hiking and running, and many barefoot myths.
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
McDougall’s journey began with one simple question, “why do my feet hurt?” Follow McDougall’s incredible journey in Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, taking you from science labs at Harvard to Mexico, where he learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians, who run hundreds of miles without rest or injury.
The book concludes with an epic race between the Mexican tribe and a group of America’s best ultra runners.
Fixing Your Feet by John Vonhof
Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes is loaded with information from toe nails, sprains, and skin disorders, to gaiters, socks, and support crews. John Vonhof, an avid runner, paramedic, orthopedic technician, and emergency-room technician, discusses footwear basics, injury prevention and treatments. Not only does Vonhof talk from his own experiences, but gathers information from extreme endurance athletes and foot experts.
Although Fixing Your Feet isn’t written specifically for those who go barefoot, such people will find invaluable information in this book.
The Barefoot Hiker by Richard Frazine
Published in 1993, The Barefoot Hiker by Richard Frazine, holds up to be one of the best and few books on the topic. Frazine has a relaxing but engaging writing style. He speaks from experience and his passion can be seen by the great lengths he goes in finding barefoot information.
In addition to discussing barefoot hiking tips and safety such as dealing with poison ivy and staying warm, Frazine discusses barefoot benefits and the fascinating history of bare feet and shoes.
Reading this book will give you a greater appreciation for feet and nature.