We love feet…
It’s true. We love feet, of all shapes and sizes. We’re a team of healthcare professionals dedicated to sharing with you the truth about natural foot health and function. We offer you an alternative to conventional foot care—a conservative, non-invasive methodology that’s in tune with nature. And we offer you only the most relevant and high-quality natural foot products to support your transition from conventional footwear to footgear that respects nature’s designs.
We’ve come from a couple of unique health and healing traditions—naturopathy and chiropractic—to unite in a common goal: To improve your immediate and long-term foot health and to help you perform your work and leisure activities pain-free. We’ve benefited greatly from the knowledge and wisdom of enlightened leaders in the field of podiatry, especially Doctors William A. Rossi and Ray McClanahan, as well as various unshod cultures around the globe. We want to share this knowledge and wisdom with you, in the hopes that you too will regain your natural foot health heritage. We want to help you put your best foot forward.
—Robyn Hughes, ND, Marty Hughes, DC, and Laura Trentman, MLAS
Robyn Hughes, ND
Dr. Robyn Hughes is a naturopathic physician, or ND, with a special interest in natural foot health and sports medicine. After completing medical school at the National College of Natural Medicine, now known as the National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Robyn trained extensively with renowned sports podiatrist and natural foot care specialist, Dr. Ray McClanahan. Dr. Robyn is a co-founder at Natural Footgear, a freelance health writer, and a regular speaker at foot care teaching events. Dr. Robyn lives in Asheville, NC, where she’s an avid road cyclist, trail runner, and yoga student.
Marty Hughes, DC
Dr. Marty Hughes is a chiropractic physician, or DC. He received his doctoral degree from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC), now known as the University of Western States (UWS). Dr. Marty has always been interested in foot health, due to the connection between the feet and the spine. He has worked as a freelance writer for LiveStrong.com, for whom he contributed over 2,200 health-and-fitness articles. He is a co-founder at Natural Footgear and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, trail running, canoeing, and cross-country skiing, as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
Laura Trentman, MLAS
Laura Trentman is a Canada native, former English and literature teacher, and a lover of the unexpected, change, and variety. In addition to working at Natural Footgear, she is the owner of Appalachia Camping Co. She is also a freelance lifestyle writer, wedding planner, zealous reader, and yoga enthusiast, among other things. In 2012, she traded the sandy shores of Florida for Asheville's more fitting misty mountains to attend graduate school at the University of North Carolina Asheville. After earning her master's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, she has made Asheville her permanent home. Laura loves all things creative, clever, handcrafted, and locally sourced.
Paul Cooper is a digital marketing professional who lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Originally from the UK, he studied Business Administration at Nottingham Trent University and went on to achieve Chartered Marketer status with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has worked in digital marketing and e-commerce for more than 10 years, with clients in Japan, Australia, and the United States. Paul enjoys travel, especially exploring Japan and its unique culture. He is the organizer of a Meetup group in Tokyo with 400 members and finds it fascinating to engage with people from different cultures and backgrounds.