There is a vary nice blog entry regarding toe socks being marketed for yoga classes. An excerpt:
Toe Sox takes an traditional and fundamental aspect of Yoga and turns it into something that people should be disgusted about. Rather than associating the foot with proper form, agility, and flexibility, the company decided to put the idea into people’s heads that bare feet are disgusting. True negative advertising. Let’s look at some of their other excerpts:
“Researchers say more than 35 million people are affected by some sort of foot problem, such as toenail fungus, athlete’s foot or warts. Don’t get us wrong. We know that your local studio or gym does its best to provide a safe and sanitary environment for your workouts by cleaning and disinfecting equipment after each use, but think about it – how clean can the floors really be?”
Now really? And what is this research based on? Are we talking about people who wear shoes and socks all day, the main cause of these ailments that people of 2000 years ago would be laughing hysterically if they heard of any of these? So because they subjected themselves to these ailments without properly caring for them, others should be scared into avoiding the floor of the yoga studio or mats? I know people that don’t wash their hands often enough, yet you don’t see people running around in medical latex gloves.
The rest is at the blog The Barefoot Health Lifestyle.