Charles Pillsbury III

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Vindication for Big Charlie

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My grandfather (Charles Sr) was inexplicably dubbed “big charlie” even though he was only 5′6″ish (I believe) and thin as a rail. He was known for going barefoot… everywhere. My father recalls that the only time he saw him wearing shoes when he was younger was as he stepped out of the car to go to church on the weekend, and he took them off as soon as he was ready to head home. So this research is good news for the Pillsbury propensity for going barefoot.

It’s your shoes. Shoes are bad. I don’t just mean stiletto heels, or cowboy boots, or tottering espadrilles, or any of the other fairly obvious foot-torture devices into which we wincingly jam our feet. I mean all shoes. Shoes hurt your feet. They change how you walk. In fact, your feet—your poor, tender, abused, ignored, maligned, misunderstood feet—are getting trounced in a war that’s been raging for roughly a thousand years: the battle of shoes versus feet.

[From You Walk Wrong]

I found this on Boing Boing, and they also linked to a product that mimics the barefoot experience without all the pesky cuts/calluses/no-service issues.

I’m not sure how research will show that clutter and piles of sheet music by the bagful will be healthy, but at least the barefoot was in his favor.

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April 26th, 2008 at 11:06 am

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