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Reactions to my bare feet

In the two years I have been walking barefoot, I have had all sorts of reaction by people passing by on the street, or in stores.

The best reaction I got was at a store near where I live. I was standing in line to pay, I was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and I was barefoot. A young lady came and stood next to me, looked me over, and in a loud voice, so everyone can hear told me “You have a very nice feet for a man, is that why you go barefoot”? I answered her “No, I walk bare footed because it is healthy, and I like being barefoot, it feels real good”. Everyone on line was now listening, and looking at my bare feet, she just answered “Good for you”, as it was my turn to pay, and I finished, and walked out. I was just ready to get in my car, after putting my purchases in the back seat, when this same lady came out, and from about ten feet away, said again in her loud voice “You really have beautiful feet, I wish I had the guts to walk with bare feet outside, and in stores”, I just said thank you madam, got in my car, and drove away.

This was the best reaction I ever got in regards to my bare feet, mostly its just looks, whispers, and “Hey, you forgot your shoes”, which I answer “Thanks for letting me know, and You forgot your gloves”. This answer throws them off normally, and they walk away.

I am not going to tell you it is easy walking barefoot in public, but you get used to it, and either ignore them, or answer politely. Any time I get asked for the reason why I am barefoot, I do stop to answer and explain, in the hopes that I would turn one more person, to try walking with bare feet. I will never know if I succeeded in my attempts.

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About our gait

Gait is the single most complex motor function of the human body. So complex, in fact, that it is the only motor function for which a definition of standard or “normal” does not exist. It involves half of the body’s 650 muscles and 200 bones, along with a large share of the joints and ligaments. And despite all the serious gait studies that have been done since Hippocrates to the present, all the mysteries at human gait have yet to be revealed.

In shoe-wearing societies a visibly faulty gait can often be corrected and made normal, but it can never be made natural as long as conventional shoes are worn. It is biomechanically impossible because of the forced alterations from the natural in foot stance, postural alignment, body balance, equilibrium, body mechanics and weight distribution caused by shoes.

In short – your shoes are destroying your gait, your feet, your back…. and more.

baby shoes

But kids have shoes put on, as soon as they stand up

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Tradition

More about car safety, and more nonsense for society to believe

If you believe in tradition, when automobiles first appeared on the scene, they were not covered in upholstery, no floor mats and nothing to block the feet of the driver from the heat of the engine. During these times, a barefoot driver risked serious burns to their feet if not wearing proper footwear. For many people, this old tradition of covering the feet to protect them from the engine is the main reason they feel the need to wear shoes.

Cars were on the road before I was even a glimmer in my Fathers eyes, how would I remember these cars?

The people who remember it, probably are not driving any longer today, I salute them for being pioneers, but this tradition is long gone with today’s cars. If you find anyone that remembers driving these cars, and is still driving, I would eat my socks (if I got any left).

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Driving safety

Most states advise against driving barefoot due to safety regulations. While barefoot driving can lead to unsafe vehicle operation, wearing shoes could reduce or eliminate the dangers associated with stepping on broken glass or other materials littering the streets after the initial impact of automobiles involved in an accident.

What a bunch of bull this is, how does driving in bare feet, lead to unsafe driving? Are we going to press the gas pedal too hard with the big toe? or are we going to miss the break pedal because we are barefoot? On the contrary, with shoes we might do the above, with bare feet? no chance.

I have been stopped by police a few times, for different reasons (headlight out, no seat belt, and so on), I came out of the car barefoot, and none of the officers ever even asked why, or said anything about my driving with bare feet.

As for an accident, where there is glass on the road, if you are injured, you would be carried out on a stretcher, if you are not injured, you would see the glass, and walk carefully just like you do walking on any road any other day.

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The argument

The argument that feet are more unhygienic than shoes is quite wrong. Unless a person has been going barefoot outdoors, and even if they did, they will not have been picking up the awful things that the soles of shoes pick up. You may think your feet are disgusting, however, you undoubtedly have more germs on your hands than on your feet. Feet are usually remarkably cleaner than the average pair of hands.

barefoot girl walking

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