Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC ALERT: Sightings of shoes wearing people!


Wearer Beware:  Cunning pumps and sneakers spotted all over New York City and in towns and cities around the world wearing people instead of people wearing them!  The "worn" pedestrians, young and old alike, appear completely oblivious to the con job being pulled on them by their swindling souliers (a French word for "shoes").

Two journalists have taken it upon themselves to inform the public!!!  Take a look at the articles mentioned below!
If your shoes don't fit properly or are restricting, they can effect how you use your entire body.  How you interact with your shoes, regardless of fit, is equally important.

Article number one reveals the benefits of spending as much time as possible barefoot.  This is especially true for young children.  Unfortunately, when browsing through a children's shoe store, one of the first things a parent may notices is the abundance of high-top shoes.  Finding myself in this situation when shopping for my older child's first pair of shoes, I asked a sales associate what the benefits of high-top shoes were?  I was met with the response:  "To support your child's ankles".  I wondered why a child would not naturally be able to support his/her ankles and if the stiff ankle supports might actually interfere with the child's natural development and balance and if this ankle stiffness might contribute to compensatory stiffening in other areas of the body.  Other walking animals don't wear ankle supports.  Why would humans need them?  We then noticed that most of the shoes' soles were very stiff.  How could stiff soles promote natural walking?  I was also concerned about the arch supports interfering with the natural development of my toddler's arches.  Babies are born with flat feet and arches develop over time.  We sought out shoes that were as close to barefoot and our children are almost always barefoot at home.  The clearer the contact with the ground, the more readily you spring up from that contact to your full height.

Follow this link to read more on the topic of children's feet and shoes:

Article number two talks about Alexander Technique teacher and high-heel expert, Chyna Whyne.  Heels tend to lose their sexiness when the wearer is clearly uncomfortable.  When I was first introduced to the Alexander Technique, I swore off heels for awhile, but once my back became stronger, I discovered that they could be enjoyable to wear from time to time if I allowed the shoes to almost become part of my feet and to let my weigh distribute evenly over them.  Mindful wearing of high-heels can be fun!

Read more by following the link below:

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