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Asked by Evelyn Borer
Podiatrists
Shoes
Biology

Do humans really need to wear shoes?

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Harley Cassin
January 15, 2020 7:03PM

Turns out we don’t! Well, other than to protect from potentially harmful debris or hazardous weather conditions, that is.

Our feet don’t need a soft cushion between us and the ground, and when our shoes provide that barrier, we tend to walk harder, negating a lot of that softening effect in a primal effort to feel the ground beneath us. Barefoot, your natural stride is a bit shorter, meaning instead of the edge of your heel hitting the pavement first, the impact moves closer to the middle of your foot, softening the blow. And within their rubber and fabric prisons, your feet can’t be as flexible, meaning you’re missing out on a powerful push off from your toes with each step. As proof of this, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand found that humans had healthier feet before the invention of shoes.

As a personal anecdote, I actually went to college with a guy who walked around campus barefoot all the time. I remember seeing him around once after it had rained—the sidewalk was all wet and kind of gritty, and his bare feet were getting all of that up close and personal. Gross! But I guess he was on to something after all.

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James Geiser
January 24, 2020 4:49PM
No. Actually, in Vermont, a law was passed by the then-Governor that allowed all residents, if they so chose to, leave thier places of residence unclothed and not be fined. But if one leaves his/her abode dressed and gradually begins a strip show, the Vermont State Police can give a summons. And I can't figure that out.
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Gillian Majo
January 22, 2020 4:00PM
Defidently,because what if there was some glass on the ground? What if there was a nail? We should wear shoes,because we could get hurt if we didn't.
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Olivia C.
January 22, 2020 4:39PM
yes otherwise wed be getting glass in our feet every day and BACTERIA, PEOPLE
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Gabriella Vargas
January 29, 2020 11:47PM
I personaly think that humans should wear shoes becsue we need to protect out feet from all the glass and plastic and other bactira that is on the floor
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perfect shoe
January 29, 2020 8:29PM
Depends on your surroundings I guess. Probably in cities where there are sharp things that could be on sidewalks like glass, but walking around the backyard should be fine.
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Kelsey Dale
January 22, 2020 7:45PM
well of course unless you want hurt feet and maybe raw feet
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Hunter Roth
January 29, 2020 5:46PM
Please do or it will smell very bad
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Karen Blunderfield
January 23, 2020 3:26AM
Yes! in today's world to protect the human body from the obvious sharp objects and uncomfortable temperatures but also because of a number of small worm like parasites that can borrow into skin and cause health issues, not to mention the dog and goose feces in public spaces.
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Trinity Kinnon
January 27, 2020 8:39PM
Yes because we do not have just socks on
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Anira Benitez Jennings
January 22, 2020 4:49PM
yes we do wear shoes ........................................... /////////////////////////////////////////
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RBeattyTopFan
January 23, 2020 4:32AM
Technically, no, because humans got along fine without shoes before they were invented, but I tend to agree that humans SHOULD wear shoes. Do you know how much bacteria is on the average shoe just from one day? You could do a whole scientific experiment off of one shoe that you only wore once! Imagine all of those germs on your feet. Just because humans got along fine before shoes were invented doesn't mean it was good for them. Foot fungus was way more common and people had such gross feet that, even in biblical times, people had their servants wash their feet with perfume every time they came inside.
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Mohd Suhail
January 23, 2020 5:25AM
That's because wearing shoes changes the ways human walk and how their bodiese distribute weights if you wear shoes regurally as most modern human do thoese chages end up refilated in your bones ancient bonese suggest cavmenn wore boots, footwear it seemes has been fashionable for rather a long time to bones from a cave in china suggest peole were wearing shoes at least 40000 years ago
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maclikestodab
January 31, 2020 2:53AM
We do because if it is just me, I don't really want to be impaled by glass, a nail, or a sharp rock.

Well you do not need to wear shoes, but it would be better to wear shoes to keep your feet protected. You could step on glass and cut your foot open. So you do need to wear your shoes but I suggest to, to have a heathy food in the future!

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Ariel Knox
January 30, 2020 5:06PM
i think yes because if you don't wear shoes your feet will hurt and will become dirty from not wearing shoes
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yashika aggarwal
January 28, 2020 12:25PM
yes ofcourse otherwise our legs will hurt
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kufarooq
January 30, 2020 4:36PM
Yes, We cant go against the nature.
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Same ole Same ole
January 30, 2020 1:52PM
We don't need shoes but they do protect from sharp objects. There are pros and cons to both sides. I prefer no shoes. I like that Vermont passed a law if you want to leave your house without clothes it's okay. Too bad it's so cold there.LOL
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tom thumb
January 30, 2020 3:38AM
Make sure you wear them in San Francisco, there is human waste all over the sidewalks which the Democrats refuse to address. it's filthy over there.
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Madison Dupuis
January 27, 2020 9:03PM
not really
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Aaron J Creagh
January 23, 2020 11:45AM
The may seem kind of flimsy, but think about rainstorms and snow. They are foot protection!
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ANASTACIA WEBBER
January 29, 2020 3:33PM
Nope but we do to protect our feet
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ryan lin
January 29, 2020 10:37AM
Yes, we actually need them.
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Charlotte Swain
January 28, 2020 10:34PM
yes
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Aaron J Creagh
January 23, 2020 11:46AM
They may seem kind of flimsy, but think about rainstorms and snow. They are foot protection!
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Andrew Sleiman
January 28, 2020 12:29AM
Yes as it Protects Your feet from blisters, dirt and other things on the ground
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Taymak
January 23, 2020 5:30PM
We don really have to unless you are going into a damgerous place.
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winstsop
January 23, 2020 10:31PM
yes they were invented for a reason
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Wisdom Li
January 23, 2020 11:58PM
Now who wants trench foot?
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Bob Figueria
January 28, 2020 7:38PM
Not in the shower... but its better than walking on rocks and shards of broken glass.
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Alexander Vlasov
January 26, 2020 4:15AM
Yes because its more comfterable and safe if you wear shoes :)
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Amanda Rames
January 23, 2020 5:41PM
yes other wise we wouldstep on harmful thus that could hurt us
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pretty lady
January 25, 2020 12:21AM
of course because human skin cannot be in too much contact with dirt
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Staffono Stubbs
January 22, 2020 3:47AM
what kindof moneky aS S nine question is this
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LW'S NATION 5L
January 25, 2020 12:46AM
To protect our feet and not let them grow to look like giants we must wear shoes but some people dont