Walking/Shepherding in mountains - anthropological/historical

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  1. JF Delannoy

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    I'm researching about the anthropology and history of barefoot walking, especially in mountain zones.
    For example: how com common people in the Pyreneees would walk around in medium-hight mountainous zones unshod? No trouble with rocks, gravel, cold, even with a good callous layer developed underfoot?
    Do you have any leads on about
    - was it mostly by choice, or because one did not afford shoes
    - makeshift shoes, e.g. those made of bark in Russiac/the baltic area
    - how it was experiences
    - the difficulty and pathologies
    - the adoption of shoes (including the way industrial rubber soles came to be a a sort of de facto standard)


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  2. Barefoot TJ

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    What is it that you want to know exactly? Are you looking for resources to research?

    How do you know for certain that they did not develop a "calloused" layer on the balls of their feet and toes? I would think that they had much thicker soles than we do today.

    A Google general search return for ancient footwear/history of footwear--Choose Images-very interesting-as well as page links : https://www.google.com/search?sourc...7.6..46j35i39k1j0i131k1j0i46k1.58.SYFGbKNj0Yk

    For the adoption of "modern" shoes, research the history of Nike and Bill Bowerman. It's quite an eye-opener.
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