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 two 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 & the Natural Footgear Team
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 of Natural Footgear, a founding member of the Natural Foot Health Institute, a freelance health writer, and a regular speaker at foot care teaching events. Dr. Robyn lives in Asheville, North Carolina, 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, now known as the University of Western States. Dr. Marty 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 of Natural Footgear, a founding member of the Natural Foot Health Institute, and an ardent supporter of natural foot care approaches. He is also a novelist. Dr. Marty enjoys road cycling, trail running, hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing, as well as exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina.
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.
Andrew Potter has an English degree and has worked as a copy editor in the outdoors industry for the past few years. He calls Portland, Oregon, home, but currently lives on the road with his wife, Allison, and cat, Lennon, chasing the weather that's most conducive to their preferred outdoor pursuits. Andrew is an avid rock climber and minimalist runner (averaging 25 miles a week). He began adopting foot-healthy treatment methods after dealing with nagging, sports-related injuries throughout college, and is a crusader for the healing power of the natural approach to feet and foot health.
Alyssa Phillips is a graphic designer and the owner of Amp'd Designs in Asheville, North Carolina. Alyssa grew up in Buffalo, New York, and studied Communications Design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She held positions at several NYC design studios, including rolls with Atlantic Records and as an Art Director at a print company, before relocating to the mountains. Alyssa is now heavily involved in Asheville's design community, and is the founding Vice President of Asheville's AIGA chapter, a network for professional designers. Outside of design, Alyssa enjoys running, hiking, cooking & baking, and discovering new music.
Solovino, beloved neighborhood cat, is a professional mouser and helps keep morale high at Natural Footgear. Known for his random (yet always welcome) appearances on our stoop, Solovino enjoys lounging, lapping up attention, eating canned fish, and spending time with anyone who will pet his lustrous coat. He also enjoys scratching furniture (and, occasionally, humans).