Going barefoot is
fun and healthy
Going barefoot, even in public, is not against the law. You probably know that already; but did you know that it's also conducive to a healthier and happier life? Read on to find out how.
Bare your feet and
Live life to the fullest!
About going barefoot
"Why do you go barefoot?" That's a common questions people ask when
they meet someone walking around in bare feet. Have you ever taken your
shoes off after a long day at work or school? How did it feel? I bet
most people enjoy the freedom of being barefoot after their feet have
been cooped up in hot and restrictive footwear for hours. In fact, many
would take them off
at every chance they have even if just for a few minutes. Don't you
wish you could be barefoot all the time?
you ever walked barefoot along a sandy beach, on the grass in a park or
even your own lawn? Did you enjoy it? I bet you did. Well, most folks
would anyway. I know a few have such an aversion to being barefooted
for whatever reason that they refuse to have their feet exposed, let
alone touch the ground at any time. Heck, they even wear socks to bed!
They probably take shower wearing slippers too! They certainly are
missing out on life's simple pleasures and I feel sorry for them.
However, the majority of people do enjoy going barefoot because it
feels good and liberating.
A girl walking barefoot in public
What about going
barefoot in public? The only
public places where barefooting is not frowned upon in most western
societies are the beach, swimming pools, and perhaps some parks. Most
people don't go barefoot any other places for various reasons such as
being afraid of getting their feet dirty, catching diseases, stepping
on sharp objects, being ridiculed by others or being thought of as
poor, low class, or even crazy. And probably the biggest reason is that
they think it's against the law (which is a myth)! Let's address those
issues one at a time, shall we?
Afraid to get your feet
dirty? Of course, your feet are gonna get dirty if you walk
barefoot outside your house but
that's part of the fun. Believe it or not, quite a few barefooters
(myself included) think it's fun
and cool to have dirty feet. And
if you don't like it you can always wash them as often as you like
throughout the day which is no big deal.
BTW, there's a post on the blog about
clean vs. dirty feet. Which do you prefer? Post your comments there!
Now compare that to
wearing shoes all day long. If your feet sweat, at the end of the day
you (and whoever else is near you) probably won't be able to stand the
smell. Yuck! And how often do you actually wash your shoes? Not very
often I bet, 'cos you would ruin them. So the inside of your
$h0*s (yes, it's a dirty word to us barefooters :p) becomes a culture
medium for all sorts of bacteria and fungi (germs) which love warm,
moist, and dark places! So do you now see why going barefoot is
What about "athlete's
foot?" Some say you get it by walking barefoot in locker rooms. Well,
what happens is most people put on their $h0*s before leaving the
locker room. So whatever fungus your bare soles picked up will thrive
inside your $h0es and cause problems. But if you were to remain
barefoot the fungus won't last long in dry air.
Another concern I keep
hearing is that you can get parasitic (e.g. worm) infection by walking
barefoot outdoors. This mostly happens in under-developed countries
where parasites abound and sanitation is very poor, and you walk around
barefoot on soil contaminated with human feces. I know, gross! So if you
live in a modern developed country this shouldn't be a concern.
While we're on the
subject of health, I should also mention that most, if not all, of the
foot problems caused by wearing shoes such as calluses, hammer toes,
bunions, and other foot deformities can be prevented and alleviated by
going barefoot. In addition, some people who have flat feet have
noticed improvements after they go barefoot for a while.
OK, moving on...
Stepping on sharp objects. I have to admit this is a tough one.
Everything carries a risk but many people are willing to take risks for
the fun and thrill of doing certain things like bungee jumping, sky
diving, mountain climbing, or car racing. The risk of dying or getting seriously
hurt from stepping on sharp objects while walking barefoot is much, much
less than that of the aforementioned activities.
First of all, after going
barefoot on a regular basis for a while, your feet become tough; the
skin of your soles grows thicker and more resistant to sharp
objects that they most likely won't even penetrate. Second of all, a
seasoned barefooter is usually more alert and sensitive to the
surrounding that often times they "instinctively" avoid stepping on
sharp objects and other harmful or yucky stuff like chemicals, bugs,
animal doodoo, etc.
On the rare occasion that
you do step on a sharp object and get hurt, it's really not that big a
deal. You most likely won't die :) Just wash the wound clean with soap
and water, alcohol, or other antiseptic solutions you have and then put
on some antibiotic ointment and a band-aid to cover it. If it's a small
cut, you most likely can continue walking
barefoot with the band-aid on
until it heals completely. Otherwise, you may have to put up with
wearing sandals for a couple of days.
Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, and I'm not giving you medical
advice. The above is based on my personal experience and what I learned
from various sources.
One very important thing
is to keep your tetanus shots
current. This is important even
if you don't go barefoot regularly. Hey, even your finger could get cut
doing manual things, right?
Also read my blog post about the
health benefits of going barefoot.
Let's take a little break and watch this short video about The Barefoot Book.
Click below and get the book!
What about being
ridiculed or looked down upon by others? Well firstly, there is nothing
immoral, disgraceful, or even improper about going barefoot, even in
public. It's not like you walk around with no clothes on. Your feet are
bare and just like your hands, they are NOT private parts although some
people like to think they are (it's their loss, though!). Going
barefoot is not against any religion. In fact, some religions actually
Secondly, while it's true
that in many third world countries people are
always barefoot because they can't afford shoes (that's actually one way
they enjoy life despite their circumstances), there are places such as
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, most parts of Hawaii, and some parts
of the Southern US where going barefoot in public is quite common and
These are not poor countries or regions, and folks walk around barefoot in public
as a matter of personal choice, and others are ok with it. In Hawaii I
very often see people driving nice cars and wearing nice clothes walk
barefoot into stores. Besides, most homeless people actually wear
something on their feet.
People walking barefoot in public in New Zealand
Now what about being
considered "crazy" for going barefoot in public? If by that you mean being
eccentric or a little weird, so what? Most people have their own
idiosyncrasies that make them different from others. Just look at the
celebrities :) It's no big deal to be different and actually cool as
long as you don't hurt anyone.
If by "crazy" you mean mentally
ill, that's a little different. But how many barefoot mentally
ill/disturbed people have you seen? Again, not very many I'm sure, as most
of them wear shoes. I've
heard stories of other barefooters being stopped by police because they
went barefoot in public, not because it was illegal but the police just
wanted to make sure they were "sane" and doing ok. Cool! :)
Lastly, who cares
what others think anyway! It's just their opinion. There are gazillions
of opinions in this world and if we let all of them dictate the way we
live our lives we won't even last a day.
Even Sesame Street encourages you to set your piggies free which is great!
Is it against the law to
go barefoot in public? Absolutely not! At least not anywhere in the US. Those
that say otherwise, are either totally ignorant or are lying to you to
cover their own prejudices against bare feet. There is not even a
health code that says you can't enter establishments barefoot. I'm sure
you have seen signs posted at the door of stores saying you can't go in
barefoot "By Order of The Health Department." That's a complete lie!
You can check out the following link to verify that going
barefoot is legal in the US.
I understand that
establishments have the right to set their own rules as to how their
customers should dress, like certain fancy restaurants require men to
wear suit and tie but they don't say it's by order of the
government! Therefore, they should not create "phantom laws"
concerning bare feet! *They* should actually be prosecuted for using the government's name to lie!
But it's not all bad for there are barefoot-friendly stores that,
believe it or not, have No Shoes, No
Shirt, No Problem signs. In this particular story, the sign was seen
on Kauai, Hawaii, but I have also seen something similar in Galveston,
Texas. Too bad I didn't have a camera with me at the time. I wish there were more of them to
counter the negative ones.
is also perfectly legal anywhere
in the US. There are no laws against driving barefoot. Again, you can
visit the link for reference.
Phew! Isn't it a relief
to know that going barefoot is not against the law? So whatcha gonna do? I would
start going barefoot everywhere!
Click on the link to learn how to
live the barefoot lifestyle.
Other Interesting links
If you were a barefoot girl, what would you be dreaming of? Read her
story and find out:
a barefoot girl's dream.
Barefoot sisters - the girl above has a little sister who also loves going everywhere
sans shoes (this is NOT about The Barefoot Sisters).
Read about her interesting experience being confronted by a teacher when
barefoot at school.
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