Bare feet barely covered


Shoes are bad for you. Thus sayeth the science. A study published in the journal Foot entitled "Shod Versus Unshod: The Emergence of Forefoot Pathology in Modern Humans?" concluded that Zulus, who often go barefoot, have healthier feet than shoe-wearing Europeans. So did pre-shoe wearing people 2000 years ago, as their skeletal feet attest. But what about the consequence of stepping in... whatever? Paperfeet, a "Mesh" company that makes one-of-a-kind, signed and numbered, minimalist shoes from recycled billboards, offers one step forward -- if taken for the right reasons. One post on their site reads, "Are people just lonely animals with fancy shoes? I hope that's not why you buy paperfeet."