A fine book that will open the readers eyes to a terrible secret:
Shoes are the cause of all our troubles, not the cure. They cause all sorts problems including bad posture, knee and joint pain, corns, calluses, verrucas, athlete's foot, flat feet, ingrown nails and weak, over-sensitive feet. There is no such thing as a sensible shoe, some just do more damage than others. There is no benefit in just removing your shoes when you are sitting down - you need to use your feet for walking, on all kinds of surfaces, to keep them happy and healthy.
There is an interesting chapter on the mechanics of the human foot, a complex and very well designed machine that does not usually need protection or correction. He also addresses how we feel the world beneath our feet, and which shoes are best if you are forced to wear shoes.
I have not worn shoes for about 14 months, and sometimes find it hard communicate the reasons why - it is such a foreign concept to some people. I recommend this book for lifestyle barefooters to give away to friends and family as it explains all the things we know but can't explain in the nice easy way that Dr. Howell does.
In short, this is the book that every barefooter has drempt of. There should be a copy should be in every home, library, hotel room, ...