About us, insights, objectives and Paleos®
Jörg Peitzker - Owner and CEO
As Managing Director of Gost-Barefoot GmbH, I would like to give you some information about myself and to explain about the background and objectives of this exceptional company. Firstly, about me: My name is Jörg Peitzker, I was born in 1962, am married and have three grown children - two sons and a daughter. Our permanent residence and that of GoSt-Barefoots is Mönchengladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
My professional career to date►Occupation: Reproduction photographer – specializing in artwork creation.
►1984-1985 Scanner-/Systemoperator in Oisterwijk (Netherlands).
►1985-1987 Instructor (worldwide) Dr. Ing. Rudolf Hell in Kiel.
►1987 I started my professional independence.
►1987-1990 Instructor in Spain for Siemens Madrid.
►1990-2002 EBV-trainers, Proof, and DTP systems (Europe).
►2003-2005 Shareholder and Managing Director of MEDIGRAPH Ltd.
►2006-2009 Consultant for CM, PCM and PSO (worldwide).
►2010-present: Owner and Managing Director of picolor®.
►2011-present: Owner and Managing Director of GoSt-Barefoots Ltd..
From concept to implementation:GoSt-Barefoots and its unique products are the result of a journey of discovery. During my professional career as an instructor I traveled for decades to many countries on all continents. On the one hand a great privilege, however, on the other hand this prevents a controlled rhythm of life regarding sleep, diet and physical activity. The consequences became clear to see: I became fat, lazy and physically weak.
At this point we discovered the Paleo diet and I was able to reduce almost 20 kg of weight in six months - without a moment of hunger. Along with the flexibility gained, the desire to do sports again came back quickly. Like the Paleo diet, also running should be as natural as possible. We wanted to feel the soil and the environmental conditions. As we discovered, this can only be obtained completely barefoot.
Fear of dirt? No! From injury? Of course!But its not as easy as it sounds! Running completely unprotected through forests, puddles and water can be quite risky, which requires high concentration and stress levels constantly scanning the ground ahead, which as a result is no real fun! So we had to work out what to do. We then quickly discovered the so-called Barefoot Shoes or minimalist footwear. They promised to be the saviour to our problem.
Unfortunately, no! Although some of these products protect the feet in a more natural way (little cushioning, thin soles, zero drop, etc.), these are still enclosed with no contact between the soles and the ground, and isolate us from everything that surrounds us: the air, temperature, humidity, moisture, detailed soil texture, etc. Yes they protect your feet from injury, but simultaneously also detract from the original barefoot feel.
We just couldn't obtain the real barefoot sensation that we craved, and it seemed that there was no shoe able to provide this, along with giving the protection desired. The term "Barefoot" within "Barefoot Shoes" is misleading as it only refers to biomechanically more favorable conditions. This gave us reason enough for us to think about how a barefoot shoe must be designed to make its wearer experience real barefoot feel and due to this, the connection with nature and environment.
The PaleoBarefoots® brought the solution!The material used in Paleos® has existed for centuries. More recently, with a finer structure and constructed of stainless steel, chain mail has been used for decades in the meat, fish and metalworking industries as protective mesh (for its puncture and cut resistance) in the form of oyster gloves. Industrially proven, this almost jewel-like chain mail turned out to be most suitable for what we are delivering from this chain mail: amazingly real and above all completely safe barefoot feeling (proprioception).
There is nothing better than to be so close to nature yet be safe! It is always a treat to use the PaleoBarefoots® in water, on the beach, and on any other natural terrain. Inevitably, it conjures a smile on one's face! And because of the immediate stimuli it's a very healthy thing too (massage effect, Kneipp hydrotherapy, reflexology, foot climate, etc.). Although you get dirty feet, it is a genuine experience: think back to your childhood, when every puddle still was an adventure ...
Listen to your body - not to us!Please consult your doctor before embarking on any major changes to your exercise regime, running shoes, or the surfaces on which you are used to running, especially if you have pre-existing conditions. We are not doctors. We just try to keep well-informed, share our own experiences, and inform our customers accordingly. We have years of experience and enjoy running barefoot more each time.
We'd love for you to be able to experience the same. But do not listen to us or others! Listen to your body! Be sure to apply common sense at all times and consider your personal safety and circumstances before trying something you read here or on other sites. There's a lot of information on this site which is worth reading. For example, our Tips for Barefoot Running.
We hope you'll enjoy your time with us and that it will excite you about our products! By the way, some of our initial doubters are our biggest fans now ;-) Tell us what you think, even if it is not a praise! Before you leave, we'd love to get some feedback from you. Please enjoy the extensive information available on this site, but please don't copy any of it anywhere without permission. If you'd like to share, we'd prefer that you link back to the original information here, in case we need to update something!
Thank you for visiting this website, Jörg Peitzker