I’m a huge fan of exercising barefoot (when you can). There are thousands of nerve ending in the feet that provide subtle muscle adjustments to optimize strength and balance.
Wearing shoes covers this communication up. Yoga, kung fu, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi are all done without wearing shoes.
Try walking around your house barefoot. Stand barefoot and turn your head side-to-side; then do it with your eyes closed. Progress to standing on one foot for 5 seconds, then the other. See if you can progress to 30 seconds. Give it a whirl.
After all, you weren’t born with shoes on.
John R Blilie, MS, OSC