28 . 02 . 16
It’s fairly common for visitors to the Otter Workshop to comment on James’ lack of footwear. For most of the year, in the workshop, on the beach and everywhere in-between, he doesn’t wear shoes. This isn’t particularly unusual amongst the surf community, however James is rare in that, being his own boss, he’s able to carry his barefooted lifestyle across into all of the other areas of his day-to-day life. There are occasions when he does have to put a pair of shoes on his feet (his wedding day wasn’t one of them), most notably in the very depths of winter when the ground is simply too cold to make not wearing shoes comfortable. On those occasions, he pulls on a pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes, either trail-running shoes (to go running in) or leather boots (for everything else), which are specifically designed to replicate being barefooted and to allow for the fact that the feet of people who are often barefooted are usually slightly wider as a result and their toes spread out more. The guys at Vivo UK spotted a photo of James wearing a pair of their shoes and got in touch to ask if he would write about his barefoot lifestyle for their blog, which you can check out below.