The Barefoot Dutchman

3100 Miles Barefoot
LA to NYC for
Men’s Mental Health

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Veteran walking barefoot an average of 12 miles per day

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240+ days

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Crossing 13 states, including Death Valley and the Rocky Mountains

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Former owner of the Guinness World Record for the longest barefoot hike, conquering 1800+ miles along the East coast of Australia

Anton Nootenboom, a Dutch Army veteran, began his new Guinness World Record attempt in LA, at Santa Monica Beach, on February 17, 2024. His journey spans the entire length of the USA, finishing in NYC. The mission aims to prevent men's suicides by raising awareness and funds for men's mental health, supporting organizations like Movember.

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Barefoot walk for a cause

  • Movember delves deep into men's mental health, prioritizing prevention, early intervention, and promotion. It strives for a world where men actively pursue mental wellness, backed by robust support systems. With a mission to significantly decrease male suicide rates, Movember funds community-driven early intervention programs tailored to men's mental health needs.

    We are MIND (NL) advocates for mental health and fights for a society that invests in prevention and alleviation of psychological suffering. We are MIND offers professional, anonymous, and free 30-minute counseling sessions.

    The Brave Men Talk Foundation illuminates the shadows of men's mental health struggles. Anton's journey has equipped him with tools to bolster mental resilience, and now he's passionate about sharing them. As an advocate, he offers keynote speeches, men's circles, and mental health sessions worldwide, inspiring others to open up and speak out. Anton's commitment goes beyond words; he undertakes extreme barefoot walks and sets new world records to raise both awareness and funds for this vital cause.

  • We're still stuck with this old idea that expressing emotions and vulnerability is a weakness, leaving many men hesitant to speak up. Sadly, it results in too many struggling with depression and, at its worst, loosing a man to suicide every minute of the day globally. But here's the real deal – speaking up is an act of courage, a new level of braveness. Sharing your story can be a lifeline, for you and everyone around you. Let's create a world where women and men are brave enough to speak out.

  • After struggling mentally and being close to comiting suicide himself, Anton felt a burning desire to shift this narrative, prompting him to embark on his personal mission in 2019. Through extreme barefoot walks, he pushes his limits, steps out of his comfort zone, while raising awareness and funds for causes close to his heart. He gathered tools to strengthen mental resilience, and he's eager to share them.

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Brave Men Talk: Why Barefoot?

Going barefoot allows your feet to connect with the ground more naturally, promoting better posture. The small muscles and ligaments in your feet are activated, which can have a positive chain reaction on your overall body alignment.

The soles of your feet have numerous nerve endings. Going barefoot allows these nerves to be stimulated, providing sensory feedback that is beneficial for brain health and cognitive function.

Barebarics is a brand of stylish barefoot sneakers made based on modern technology and premium materials with a special flexible sole design for demanding users.

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Meet Anton Nootenboom

Meet Anton Nootenboom
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Meet Anton Nootenboom
Anton Nootenboom
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A 37 year old Dutch army veteran and mental health advocate.

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He spent 10 years in the army, with 3 missions to Afghanistan.

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Overcoming depression and suicide, he found solace in a barefoot lifestyle.

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In 2019, he began extreme barefoot walks to raise awareness about men's mental health.

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He believes in the power of sharing personal stories to create a safe space for others.

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Together with Barebarics - Barefoot sneakers, he launched platform #BraveMenTalk to reduce depression and suicide rates to zero.

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He is a former owner of the Guinness World Record for the longest barefoot hike in 2021, conquering 1800+ miles along the East coast of Australia.

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In February 2024, he's set to break his own record by walking barefoot across the United States. He began a new Guiness World Record attempt in LA, at Santa Monica Beach, on February 17, 2024. His journey spans the entire length of the USA, finishing in NYC.

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