Indoors I often walk barefoot. I enjoy it. I feel the stress floating off my feet.
The Society for barefoot living says in their homepage:
“Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolise a way of living — being authentic, vulnerable, sensitive to our surroundings. It’s the feeling of enjoying warm sand beneath our toes, or carefully making our way over sharp rocks in the darkness. It’s a way of living that has the lightest impact, removing the barrier between us and nature.” — Adele Coombs, “Barefoot Dreaming”
In the Book “Take off your shoes and walk ” podiatrist Dr. Wikler advocated going barefoot for better foot health (especially for children). He also explained how shoes often deform and distort our feet.
We have made a fair-use extract of this wonderful, but long out-of-print book published in 1961 by Devin-Adair. Parents! . . . If anyone gives you any grief about allowing your child to be barefoot, having this overview on hand should be very helpful. Additional material by other researchers can be found here.
Now lets read this:
Narrated Fudalah ibn Ubayd: Abdullah ibn Buraydah said:
A man from the companions of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) travelled to Fudalah ibn Ubayd when he was in Egypt. He came to him and said:
“I have not come to you to visit you. But you and I heard a tradition from the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him). I hope you may have some knowledge of it.”
“What is it?
“So and so”.
“Why do I see you dishevelled when you are the ruler of this land?”
“The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) has forbidden us to indulge much in luxury.”
“Why do I see you unshod? “
“The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to command us to go barefoot at times”.
Sunan of Abu Dawud (Book #33, Hadith #4148)
How did Prophet Muhammad (saw) know the benefits of walking without shoes, over 1400 years ago? This is just one more proof that Prophet Muhammad is genuine and he is the Messenger of Allah(swt).
So now if we walk barefoot, lets do it not only for the pleasure and freedom it brings us but lets do it to revive a forgotten Sunnah!