To all those people who laugh at me for going everywhere barefoot, I refer them to the recent study from Portland, Oregon. Scientists who apparently had run out of research ideas decided to compare people who wore shoes and walked on sidewalks and streets to a group who walked barefoot on cobblestones.

John Fisher, who led the study, said this:

“Nearly all the 108 volunteers in the study said they felt better after the exercise. But only the half who walked the cobblestones showed significant improvement in balance, measures of mobility and blood pressure.”

There you have it. Although I admit I don’t often wander around cobblestone streets, clearly there’s some benefit to walking barefoot. Playing ultimate barefoot is good for bonus points.