barefoot is encouraged if you want to be healthier and happier. It's also
not against the law. So what are you waiting for? Bare your feet and live
life to the fullest!
Enjoy your visit and
Have a wonderful day!
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.
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, eeww! 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 the thrill of doing certain things like bungee jumping, sky
diving, 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 other activities I just mentioned.
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.
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
working on your car or your house, right?
Let's take a little break and watch this interesting video on barefoot
walking for consciousness expansion.
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, 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
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
disturbed, that's a little different. But how many barefoot mentally
disturbed people have you seen? Again, not very many I'm sure. 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.
Is it against the law to
go barefoot in public? Nope! 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 some
government agency! Therefore, they should not create "phantom laws"
concerning bare feet! *They* should actually be reported to the
authorities for using the government's name to lie!
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!
Living the barefoot lifestyle
If you have never done it
before, you would probably have a certain degree of apprehension and
that's understandable. So I suggest you start slowly, like some call it
taking baby steps. If you have never been barefoot even inside the
house except when taking a shower or sleeping (some people are actually
like that for whatever reason) then obviously that's the place to
Just start walking barefoot in the house when you wake up in the
morning going to the bathroom, getting your coffee or breakfast, and so
on. Don't put your $h0es or even socks on until you're ready to leave
for work or school. Then as soon as you get back home, take off your
$hoes and $ocks and relax. I'm sure your feet will appreciate it.
The next step would be to
walk barefoot outside your house like in your yard, getting the mail,
etc. and begin to enjoy the sense of freedom and appreciate the
sensation as your bare soles touch the earth. Believe me, there's
nothing like being able to feel the different textures and temperatures
of the surface you walk on. Let nature caress your feet.
Another thing to consider
is taking part in some exercises that are done in bare feet such as
swimming, yoga, and martial arts just to get yourself to feel
comfortable being barefoot with other people around. Those exercises
have a lot of benefits and are fun to do anyway.
When you get a little more comfortable you can start expanding your
barefoot adventure to the neighborhood. If there is a nearby park where
you can stroll in your bare feet, that's even better. You'll probably
start noticing other people's reactions to your going barefoot.
Some may smile, some may give you a dirty look, some may gasp in shock
but still not say a word. Yet others may say something to complement you
and express their wish that they too could be barefoot. If it helps, you
can try carrying a pair of shoes or flip flops in your hand so that people
think you're barefoot because your feet are hurting or tired. Who knows,
some may actually follow suit! :)
On occasion you might hear some snide remarks from those that are less
well mannered. That might be nerve rattling to some the first few times
but after a while you'll learn to dismiss them and continue going barefoot
and enjoying your life. Just focus on the good and ignore the bad.
You may also want to join
hiking group in your area.
Barefoot hiking is really an adventure in itself and is worth
exploring. If there is none in your area, maybe you can start one :)
After you become even
more comfortable and confident, you may want to start going barefoot
into establishments. Again, start slowly. Some people prefer to do it
in a different town where nobody knows them and that's fine if that
suits them. You could probably start visiting a less crowded store or a
small fast food restaurant to buy something real quick and leave. Then
you gradually walk your way to large grocery stores, the mall,
even the bank and other restaurants. Again, you may feel nervous the
first few times, but you will feel more at ease with practice.
I must warn you though,
that the potential for confrontation is greater in establishments.
Managers and employees alike may tell you it's against the law to go in
without footwear, and you may have to defend yourself (some non-confrontational barefooters would just walk away). That's when a copy of the Health
Department letter of your state (you can print a copy of it for free
from the reference page mentioned above) comes in handy. It would serve
as a hard black-and-white proof that you're not breaking any law by
Some people, for whatever
reason, would never actually go barefoot into establishments and that's
perfectly fine. You do what you're comfortable with. Remember you do it
because it feels good and if you feel uncomfortable in certain places
it beats the purpose, right?
In closing, if you've
never gone barefoot in public and you want to, I strongly urge you to
try it. You've got nothing to lose except your $hoes, he he he! Who
knows, you may even get addicted to it like me and start going barefoot
everywhere all the time :) So have fun, bare your feet and enjoy life!
By the way... have you
ever heard of barefoot sandals?
They're really cool. You can wear them to casual parties such as a
barefoot wedding and sometimes even to not-so-casual parties because
they can actually fool people into thinking that you're wearing sandals
when you're not! Many barefooters wear them to stores and other
establishments that require shoes and most of the time get away with it
Here's a couple of quotes
encouraging going barefoot...
Read about her interesting experience being confronted by a teacher when
barefoot at school.
Interesting comments about going barefoot
Following are just a few of
the comments people left in my guestbook:
Being barefoot is great
in so many ways. It's a spiritual experience in that you can commune
with the earth and feel closer to nature. I feel more relaxed and happy
when my feet are bare. There's nothing like walking barefoot and
feeling all the surfaces and getting your feet nice and dirty. I LOVE
being a barefooted boy!
Being born and bred in
Nth Queensland has enabled me to live my whole life being barefoot. For
43 years I've never had the need for any footwear!
Went to Primary School in barefoot, High School barefoot and University
barefoot. No looks of disgust or signs prohibiting barefeet. It's part
of life here. Probably about 70% of our towns population are barefoot
constantly with the other 30% only during the wet season.
Visitors to the town were here early this year and I heard them comment
on the amount of barefooters. They were shocked when I told them that
I've never had to wear shoes - not even to work! So long as you are
aware of your surroundings and what you're doing, foot injuries become
Anyway, to those who want to see another barefoot paradise, come to Nth
Queensland - especially the smaller country towns!
In New Zealand and
Australia a lot of people go barefoot during Spring and Summer,
and in Queensland year round. Just returned from a holiday in Hawaii
and Oahu Waikiki. Loved going barefoot everyday. Surprised to see not
barefooters as expected. Most wore jandals or sandals. Hotels stated
guests to have footwear. I ignored this.
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