I tried something new at home this Summer. Instead of wearing slippers or supportive house-only sneakers, I’ve been walking around in cotton footies. I hoped this would improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles and ligaments in my feet. We have tiled wooden floors, so opting for a thin but effective footie adds just enough cushioning. 

My feet hurt a little in the first week, but they soon adapted and now feel better than they have in a long time. No cramping, no blisters, and no pain on the balls of my feet. I have also been able to wear sandals comfortably. I’m not sure if walking around in footies at home all Summer explains these improvements, or whether it’s the workout my feet get during yoga practice. Maybe it’s a bit of both.

Researching whether walking barefoot at home was good for your feet, I found a mix of perspectives (examples here and here). I’ve decided that for now, while my feet are feeling great, I’ll continue to walk barefoot with footies at home for the rest of Summer, so I’m a yay. I’ll be back in cosy and supportive house shoes in the Autumn.

Over to you. Do you enjoy walking barefoot, or with footies or socks at home? Does it make your feet feel better or worse?