I’ve been quite interested lately in “evolutionary ____.” Evolutionary medicine, evolutionary exercise, evolutionary diet, etc – finding ways to use and take care of our bodies the way they evolved to work. So when it came time to buy new shoes, I jumped at the chance to try out what I might call “evolutionary footwear.” Vibram Fivefingers is essentially a glove for your foot that allows full articulation of your foot and toes, allowing you to walk the way that nature intended, as our early ancestors walked for miles each day. It’s like walking barefoot, but with synthetic calluses so that you aren’t in pain on scorching hot pavement or rough surfaces. So far I love them. They aren’t made of any particularly sustainable material, nor do they have much to do with dorms, but I thought I’d share.
How could we better adapt the green dorm to the Pleistocene primate lifestyle we are designed for but generally disconnected from?