The Barefoot Professor: The Barefoot Book


2nd NYC Barefoot Run
Sept. 24-25, 2011
New York, NY

UKSEM Conference
Nov. 23-26

April 14-15, 2012

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Dr. Daniel Howell

The Barefoot Professor

Dr. Howell is a Professor of Biology at Liberty University where he teaches human anatomy & physiology. Prior to joining the faculty at Liberty, Daniel performed biomedical research at Duke University Medical Center and McGill University in Montreal. He obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 1998.

Although Daniel has run thousands of miles barefoot, he is an advocate of barefoot living, not just running. He has lived mostly barefoot for years and is author of The Barefoot Book: 50 Great Reasons To Kick Off Your Shoes.  Dr. Howell has been interviewed by The Washington Post, USA Today, Popular Science magazine, ABC news and radio shows from New York to New Zealand; he has appeared on MSNBC and the TODAY Show and was even featured in a Korean and German documentaries on “barefooting.”

Often going barefoot for days, weeks or months at a time, Daniel was dubbed "the barefoot professor" by his students,. The Barefoot Book evolved from his attempts to satisfy his students' curiosity about his barefooting habit. In his book, Howell draws on 100 years of scientific studies to demonstrate how shoes go beyond being uncomfortable, they are literally harmful. Dr. Howell firmly believes we would all have stronger, healthier feet by taking a more sensible approach to the use (and disuse) of footwear.

Daniel is a member of the Society for Barefoot Living and Vice President of the Primalfoot Alliance.

Dr. Howell has been the featured or keynote speaker for a number of conferences, including South Bend's Expo for Women, Dare 2 Go Bare in Portland and the infamous 1st Annual NYC Barefoot Run. For speaking engagements or other inquiries, contact Dr. Howell at

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