"Shoes as tools"

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  1. Barefoot Gentile

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    Am I the only one that can't stand this comment! Tools for what? I think the barefoot is the tool, not the shoe.
     
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    I actually love this phrase. 

    I actually love this phrase. I believe Jason coined this phrase. Shoes As Tools (SAT)/Footwear As Tools (FAT). That's what they are, and that's how they should be used, only when/as needed. Just like gloves are used as tools, so should shoes be used as tools. To use them not as tools is to use them all the time, and that is not good for the feet.
     
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    Why can't they both be the

    Why can't they both be the tools? Barefoot as the tools to teach you to run correctly, shoes as tools when you can't run barefoot.
     
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    Part of the definition of

    Part of the definition of "tool" involves it not being part of your body.
     
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    I think the main idea here is

    I think the main idea here is not one of measured importance, but rather to differentiate the specific need from a blanket necessity. Shoes are considered by the majority to be absolutely necessary for every moment. Tools, however, are used in a very specific capacity. You don't use a screwdriver to bake a cake, and you don't use a flamethrower to swim in a pool.



    So a shoe that is only a tool is only useful in a very specific capacity, i.e. qualifying at the "Shards-of-glass 5k" or the "Hypodermics-on-the-shore charity race" etc.
     
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    Humans could never have

    Humans could never have migrated from Africa into harsher regions (AKA colder areas like Northern Europe/Asia, North America, etc.) without some sort of footwear. That footwear wasn't cushioned, thick heeled, etc, but it did provide a modicum of protection from conditions that the human foot wasn't capable of enduring. Just as the wheel as a tool enabled the advancement of human civilization, footwear enabled humans to move beyond our origins and explore new climates and regions. As we are all now spread throughout the globe, including places where asphalt becomes too hot, or snow/ice are too cold, or even extreme trail running where the terrain is walkable but not runable without shoes, we cannot completely abandon minimal footwear. 2 in foam or "shox" or any of the over engineered and harmful designs of modern shoes are definitely overkill, but there are instances where either a thin layer between the foot and ground or snow and foot are necessary. The most primitive of cultures, at least those living in environments that are not always temperate, use some sort of footwear, be it mocassins or "sandal" type footwear, not to aid the foot but enable it.
     
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     "Hypodermics-on-the-shore

    "Hypodermics-on-the-shore charity race"



    Sweet where can I sign up!!!!
     

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