Shoe Ban Succeeds Earlham’s Tobacco Ban
Name: Liam Ferguson
On Friday, September 21st, the Campus Life Advisory Committee (CLAC) announced its
newest initiative. In accordance with CLAC’s key tenants of promoting a healthier campus, they
have unveiled their newest proposal, “Shoe-Free Earlham,” which they wish to have fully
implemented by the spring semester of 2019.
The health benefits cited promoting “Shoe-Free Earlham” primarily come from the article
“Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface
Electrons” published by the Journal of Public and Environmental Health.
The authors of the article describe Earthing as a process in which electrons are transferred from
the Earth’s surface into an individual’s system. This process possesses a multitude of
unexpected health benefits, including positive changes in sleep cycles, alleviating pain, and
In their announcement, CLAC explains that the introduction of rubber soles to modern society is
denying a crucial progression in our primordial existence and is the root cause of the devolution
of our species.
The argument against shoes is viable, however, when considering it as an addiction. People do
not NEED to wear shoes. Just because it makes us more comfortable and just because
everyone is doing it, does not make this obsession excusable.
Wearing shoes is detrimental to quality of life; community members should be thankful for
Earlham’s decision to ban shoes.
Though the decision was very abrupt, it is not surprising. Earlham College has a history of
announcing pioneering initiatives. People are already drawing parallels between the sudden
announcement of EPIC in April of 2017. Not only did both initiatives catch the Earlham
community off guard, but they also grabbed the attention of the world with their cutting-edge
The college does not anticipate too much trouble implementing the new program. A large
portion of the school already lives a healthy, barefoot lifestyle. “Shoe-Free Earlham” simply
intends to weed out shoe-wearing students and coerce them into living a healthy shoe-free life.