Started doing barefoot walks. Until my feet have built up some "leather" on the soles, I'm abstaining from running, apart from on grassy, mossy areas, so it's barefoot walks for me, city-wise!
Anyhow, walked past two guys.
Guy1: Why the fuck isn't that girl wearing her shoes? (my shoes were in my hand)
Me: It's good for yout feet. Makes them strong.
Me: You know how people get weak arches?
Me: Well, that's from wearing arch support. It's like, if you wear your arm in a sling, your biceps will get weak. Same but with feet.
Guy2: (seems to get it) No, makes sense.
Guy1: But you could cut your feet open on sharp stuff!
Me: Well, yeah, but I look out for glass. Besides, you feet can build thicker skin, which will guard them against most glass and sharp stuff you'll find.
Guy2: (looks at my shoes) These have heel support. (Mutters something about heel support that I didn't quite catch. Note: my shoes are typical running shoes, they're just the loosest and warmest I have, for when I need my feet to warm up quickly or get a brief break, they're not used for anything but "rest time" on barefoot walks, until my feet get stronger.)
Me: Yeah, they're just the easiest ones to slip in and out of, in case I need to pop them on for a few.
Guy1: But what if you step on some glass, and someone who had AIDS got cut on it and then you'll get AIDS!?
Me: Your feet can guard against that, keep an eye out for sharp stuff anyway and you're set. (Didn't bother going into the probabilities of that one...)
(Their friends catch up with them and we start to go our separate ways.)
Me: Just try going barefoot sometime, it's good for you!
Guy2 seemed like he'd look into it. Unsure about guy1. Probably not, but, who knows. #shrug