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    My brother came to visit a week ago. As he was coming down the long drive on his big ole' motorcycle we all (myself and the four kids) went out to greet him in the driveway. We live rurally, the weather was glorious, and we all are happy running around in our bare feet (and always have) so that is how we met him once he had turned the bike off - barefooted. Right after "hello" we all got a comment about how we are turning hillbilly because of our shoeless state (we moved to the country 7 years ago).

    It wasn't said sarcastically, but I have been getting a lot of that from the in-laws (who truly are wonderful in-laws) and my own father as well. It doesn't matter if we are indoors or not, our houses or theirs - the lack of some kind of footwear seems to be getting a lot of commentary lately. (We always make sure to have clean, neat feet...)

    Does this happen to you? It is not like I am trying to go barefoot into a restaurant - this is at home. How many of you spend your private time barefooted (outside of the beach or pool, that is) and/or how much time are your feet au naturel??

    My sister-in-law goes one further - she categorically states that feet are gross, hers included, and should never see the light of day outside of the bath tub or podiatrist.

    Foot feelings, anyone?
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    My grandma grew up poor, like they didn't have any shoes.

    She always made sure that I wore shoes because not wearing shoes was "poor" and it was kind of a thing with her.

    It turned me into, as I've heard it called elsewhere, a soft-paw. A person who has to pick their way through the concrete for fear of stepping on a pebble. Also, HOT!

    But, yeah, it's a thing. You get called redneck, or hillbilly, or whatnot for not having shoes. O.o
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
      My sister-in-law goes one further - she categorically states that feet are gross, hers included, and should never see the light of day outside of the bath tub or podiatrist.
      You have only one recourse. Gain gymnast level flexibility and only pass things to her with your feet.
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      • #4
        The local sheriff here tried to tell me it was against the health code for me to walk into a store barefoot. Of course he was wrong.

        I regularly walk into stores barefoot these days, although it does draw a lot of attention to me and I'm not used to all the attention.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
          You have only one recourse. Gain gymnast level flexibility and only pass things to her with your feet.
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • #6
            It is unfortunately "socially unacceptable" due to preconceived notions of what constitutes "normal" and/or "acceptable". The only way to change that is for more and more individuals to do it, and together (in groups), no less...

            Btw, are you a member of the Society for Barefoot Living (Facebook)?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Archaeloidic View Post
              It is unfortunately "socially unacceptable" due to preconceived notions of what constitutes "normal" and/or "acceptable". The only way to change that is for more and more individuals to do it, and together (in groups), no less...

              Btw, are you a member of the Society for Barefoot Living (Facebook)?
              No, but I just clicked on this, and it looks really interesting!

              Thank You!
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              • #8
                I spend most all of my private time at home barefoot... inside and outside of the house as long as I'm in my yard or there about, unless I'm doing some task that sort of make shoes more necessary IMO. Yard work types of things.

                I do not, and will not, go into public buildings such as gas stations, grocery stores, or whatever barefoot.
                The idea of possibly needing to use the ladies room while on my errand... ummm... NO!
                Not happening.
                I won't barefoot on sidewalks/parking lots and in high foot traffic areas... partially because FL is just too HOT most of the year, and partially because people are often gross.
                They spit, spit tobbaco juice or just wads of dip/chew, flip lit cigarette butts, hock flem/snot wads, chewed gum... the list goes on...
                It's a mine field of grossness. Certain times of year there are crazy numbers of birds in the parking lots... poop anyone?
                I'd rather relax and walk than try and watch for all of that.
                I wear my VFFs when away from the house.

                When heading somewhere like the beach I have a pair of VFFs wit me for possible stops in public businesses and such.
                When in other public places such as parks with grassy areas I certainly feel free to shuck them though.

                **edit...

                -It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.

                -It is also not against any health department regulation.

                While both of the above statements are true, it is also true that an independent, privately owned business has the right to refuse service to anyone... and sometimes they do.
                Last edited by cori93437; 10-05-2012, 11:26 PM.
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                • #9
                  I spend all my time at home barefoot - in fact I chose my flat based almost only on the fact that I loe the floors here - beautiful oak. Most of the time in my office I am barefoot too - but I have my own office and obviously put on some nice heels to trot around I also try to walk barefoot outside as much as I can - having spent most of my childhood summers outside&barefoot, I have high tolerance to pebbles/sticks etc. I just wish I could be barefoot all the time

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                  • #10
                    I'm always barefoot at home, although in winter I wear socks because my feet get cold. I sometimes garden barefoot, but usually wear flip flops for that. When I was a kid I went barefoot nearly all summer long.

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                    • #11
                      As a child I always went barefoot. i grew up in the rural south and still got comments about it. Particularly from one aunt. Didn't really care. As an adult I go barefoot at home of course. I think it is strange and a little bit suspect that someone would wear shoes in their house. My mother does all the time. Like Cori93437 I am in Florida and it is too hot to walk on the pavement. But I will walk all over the grass barefoot. I just bought my first pair of VFF's and wear them everywhere now. They are the next best thing to being barefoot.
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                      • #12
                        At the house, indoors and out, I'm barefoot. Ok, sockfoot in winter, because my feet get cold easily. If I'm just walking the block and it's not blistering hot (no, seriously, going barefoot in the summer here will give you blisters) or frigid cold, I'm barefoot. Most places have a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" thing around here, spoken or not, so I wear shoes then. I tend to drive barefoot or sockfoot. With few exceptions, if I'm at a friend's or relative's house, I'm barefoot.
                        I was raised barefoot. My parents really didn't care if we wore shoes outside (unless it was really cold) and would actively get onto us if we wore shoes inside when we weren't going anywhere. The idea of wearing shoes in the house or yard was something foreign to us, something you only did in houses where you might step in dog shit or prissy houses where to take off your shoes got you disapproval. Even on long car rides, mom and dad would lead by example and be barefoot. It's just how it was. I jumped off swingsets barefoot, climbed trees barefoot, mowed barefoot, and rode my bike barefoot. We never really considered there to be another way.
                        Even now, the phrase "take your shoes off and stay a while" has a place in Gwwk's and my home.
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                        • #13
                          Huh, I grew up in an urban area and no one, to my recollection, has made any comments about my bare feet. I am always barefoot unless in public or outside in the winter.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                            At the house, indoors and out, I'm barefoot. Ok, sockfoot in winter, because my feet get cold easily. If I'm just walking the block and it's not blistering hot (no, seriously, going barefoot in the summer here will give you blisters) or frigid cold, I'm barefoot. Most places have a "no shirt, no shoes, no service" thing around here, spoken or not, so I wear shoes then. I tend to drive barefoot or sockfoot. With few exceptions, if I'm at a friend's or relative's house, I'm barefoot.
                            I was raised barefoot. My parents really didn't care if we wore shoes outside (unless it was really cold) and would actively get onto us if we wore shoes inside when we weren't going anywhere. The idea of wearing shoes in the house or yard was something foreign to us, something you only did in houses where you might step in dog shit or prissy houses where to take off your shoes got you disapproval. Even on long car rides, mom and dad would lead by example and be barefoot. It's just how it was. I jumped off swingsets barefoot, climbed trees barefoot, mowed barefoot, and rode my bike barefoot. We never really considered there to be another way.
                            Even now, the phrase "take your shoes off and stay a while" has a place in Gwwk's and my home.
                            I understand - I did the growing up thing for a long while in Killeen, and going barefoot on blacktop was just stupid.

                            My mom is totally okay - she just gets on me and the grandkids if we say we are freezing cold and forget to put on houseshoes to help remedy that (all other things being equal), but that doesn't happen often.

                            This isn't going to happen in Midland, but here in Ohio, I sometimes take a spin around the deck/house in the winter in the snow. If you get really, really warm all over beforehand (and go back inside before the feet feel painfully cold) it feels really nice - like the Scandinavian sauna thing.

                            It is weird from my dad and brother, as brother grew up the same way I did - barefooted whenever possible, and dad let it happen. Huh.

                            You drive barefoot, too?? I am going to have to try that! I somehow thought it was illegal or something - seriously!
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                            • #15
                              The only time I was made to put on shoes around the house was if a storm was coming or we were under a tornado watch/warning.
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