What should I wear for my Tai Chi class?

This is the question I am asked most by new students.. When it comes to clothes the answer is easy – anything comfortable. Gym clothes are fine. There is no need to dress in robes like you’re from a different century.

It’s less straightforward to tell people what to wear on their feet. I used to go barefoot, then I got into wearing trainers. Both are fine. But I think I’ve found the perfect footwear – barefoot shoes!

I have previously been very suspicious of these ridiculous foot gloves, but I have been getting into barefoot walking as part of my efforts to strengthen the arches of my feet. Unfortunately my feet are really too soft and sensitive for walking around on jaggy stones, so I suppressed my doubts and ordered up a used pair of Vibram Fivefingers.

My toes can really spread out and they have just enough protection to take the pain out of barefoot walking. It feels like my feet are being reanimated  after years of being locked in foot coffins.

I’ve since discovered that Chinese copies can be had on ebay for a fraction of the cost of the overpriced genuine items.

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