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Your Day Without Shoes is May 26.

The Primalfoot Alliance is pleased to announce that "Your Day Without Shoes" 2012 will be on Saturday, May 26.

The day is for people who love to go barefoot to spend an entire day without having to wear anything on their feet. By doing this, we hope to gain public exposure to the barefoot lifestyle as a legitimate way of functioning in a society that is practically addicted to footwear. This furthers our mission that, "We advocate for people to go barefoot and find prudent ways to let feet be feet first."

Much more information about YDWS is available at its Website, YourDayWithoutShoes.com.


Denver-area Group Promotes Barefoot Hiking

The Front Range Barefoot Hiking Group promotes barefoot hiking around the Denver, Colorado, area and holds regular activities to help people experience nature without shoes.

On their Meetup page they write, "Even if you have never taken off your shoes we will have simple starter hiking meetups as well as more advanced meetups for scrambling, handling downhills, and foot maintenance. We welcome Vibram Five Fingers and minimalist hikers to join us on our adventures! You don't have to be completely crazy to hike barefoot, just willing to learn and explore the world around you in a way you've never known."

One of the leaders of the group, Kriste Brushaber, has shared with The Primalfoot Alliance why barefoot activity has been so important to her. In June, she helped organize a hike for Your Day Without Shoes, an event that was celebrated worldwide.

For more information on The Front Range Barefoot Hiking Group, you may contact them at their Meetup page linked above.


Inaugural 'Your Day Without Shoes' Celebrated Worldwide

Image: Kriste BrushaberOn Saturday, June 11, people throughout the world advocated for their bare feet on 'Your Day Without Shoes.' The event, sponsored by The Primalfoot Alliance, had participants in at least eight different countries on four continents and no less than 10 U.S. states. While exact numbers of participants are hard to come by, more than 1770 people had RSVPed on the event Facebook page that they would participate and dozens commented during and after the event about going barefoot. Not bad for the first time being held!

The day kicked off with people in Australia and The Philippines participating barefoot in activities. In The Philippines, The Tampakan Barefoot Society participated in a fun run at 5:30 a.m. and practiced in a soccer league.

In Europe, participants could be found without shoes in at least Belgium, England, Ireland and Germany. In Cornwall, England, Dr. Stephen Bloor, podiatrist and Primalfoot Alliance advisory board member, led a group of 11 people on a hike through Degibna Woods next to Loe Pool. He later posted a very detailed journal of the experience, including,

"Our first barefoot hike was a wonderful introduction to natural walking and an unexpectedly joyful and exhilarating experience."

Dr. Bloor (third from left) and UK participants show their hiking feet. Submitted by Stephen BloorAcross the "pond" in North America, we know of participants who shed their shoes in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario and 10 U.S. states from New Hampshire to Georgia to Oregon. The New England Barefoot Runners held a 10K run and exhibit as part of Market Square Day. In Independence, Missouri, adults and children met at a local park to chat and for the kiddos to play on the playground. Afterward some of the group then dined barefoot at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant and the kids had even more fun playing on the indoor playground there.

Kids young and...not so young went barefoot in the park in Missouri, including Primalfoot Alliance founder Michael Buttgen (right) and his family. Submitted by Michael Buttgen

In Colorado, The Front Range Barefoot Hiking Group met at the Denver Botanic Gardens for a barefoot meet, greet, picnic and hike. Mary Hartman, one of the participants, shared,

"It was so great to see so many new people out for the day, interested in the barefoot lifestyle! We covered every terrain possible, from mud to gravel to pine needles and a reflexology path."

In Colorado, barefoot hikers were able to experience a reflexology path made of smooth rocks. Submitted by Kriste Brushaber

While there were a few reports of people being hassled in businesses for going barefoot -- including one person who was eventually allowed entrance to a swimming pool without shoes -- participants reported that they were able to educate and dispel some of the common myths related to bare feet. Others just enjoyed getting more in touch with their feet again, one of the goals for the day. Our favorite comment came from Erica Gott in Ireland. She shared,

"Thank you for this day. My feet are getting tougher and tougher, but having a whole 'official' day of being barefoot encouraged me to stay the course."

It was our pleasure, Erica.

So on Your Day Without Shoes you ran, hiked, shopped, dined, played and more with just your own two feet! We can't be happier with the outcome of this year's event and look forward to many more fantastic days without shoes to come. You made Your Day Without Shoes the largest non-charitable barefoot day in the world in its first occurrance! Thank you so much, and stay tuned for more to come.