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#1 Old 03-22-2007, 01:57 AM
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Calling all barefooters.



The Society for Barefoot Living has a nice page:



http://www.barefooters.org
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Interesting.



Living barefoot in "civilization" is tough, but in the summertime when I go for walks I always go barefoot. Shoes are too restrictive.
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On the health benefits of going barefoot...or, more accurately, the harm caused by wearing shoes:



http://www.shoebusters.com/thesis.html
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#4 Old 03-22-2007, 03:22 AM
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I am barefoot a whole lot of the time. If I have to go to Sydney, or any big city, I wear shoes, and at work I wear shoes, but apart from that bugger it! Barefoot is nice. I wish the gym at work would let you workout barefoot, it's so, so much nicer to exercise without shoes. Walking and running without shoes feels so much better than even the "best" runners.

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Used to do barefoot. Loved it but as the calases grew to protect my soft delicate skin I had a bad bout of excema and having calases split then peel off whole was not comfy. I think my excema has gone now (discovered my wheat alergy) I think I may give it a go again. Something quite entertaining about seeing the looks of shock as you do your weekly shopping.
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I like being barefoot at home and on the beach, but if its anywhere else Im not really comfortable with it. I quite often see people walking around my local supermarket with out shoes on and it seems a bit gross and dirty to me. It doesnt bother me that they're doing it but its just not something that Id like to do myself.
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Heh heh. A Hello Kitty I actually like, well waddayaknow.

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Shoes hurt my feet. Yes, all of them.



I love being barefooted.
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barefoot is my preference, but it's often too cold in winter, late fall, and early spring to manage it here. so, i get earth shoes. they're comfortable.



and i wear 'flip-flops' in the summer when i need to go places where shoes are required.
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On the health benefits of going barefoot...or, more accurately, the harm caused by wearing shoes:



http://www.shoebusters.com/thesis.html



Shoes cause lung cancer and sudden-infant-death-syndrome? I like walking barefoot, but I have very little patience with statements like these...



With the dirt and sharp materials like glass and metal lying all over the street, I think it would be advisable to wear shoes.
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Shoes cause lung cancer and sudden-infant-death-syndrome? I like walking barefoot, but I have very little patience with statements like these...



With the dirt and sharp materials like glass and metal lying all over the street, I think it would be advisable to wear shoes.



Yea, the article got pretty silly when the cancer discussion started. I think sticking with back issues or maybe arthritis makes more sense.
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I actually find it much more comfortable to wear shoes with supportive arches because my feet are almost flat. People with plantar fasciitis should definitely wear shoes with supportive arches.



Each to his or her own though...
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I used to be really into the barefooter movement, except I was too self-conscious to go against society and walk into public establishments barefoot, so I quit. I still prefer going barefoot whenever I can, and I wear flip-flops when I can't.



I get cold really easily, though, so in the winter I'm all about thick socks and sturdy shoes.
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Walking through snow barefoot would be a great way to lose all my toes, so I stick with shoes and socks in winter. But I do love flipflops in spring/summer/fall.



Don't you get hookworms from walking around barefoot? Or that just a scary tale they tell to children nowadays to make them put on their sandals?
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I wear (vegan) Birkinstocks and no socks. ALL the time unless barefooted. It's the closest I can come to being barefooted and still have something on my feet - since I hate flipflops.
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I like being barefoot at home and on the beach, but if its anywhere else Im not really comfortable with it. I quite often see people walking around my local supermarket with out shoes on and it seems a bit gross and dirty to me. It doesnt bother me that they're doing it but its just not something that Id like to do myself.



There are people barefoot in the stores? That's not allowed here..you'd get kicked out. I'm glad...no, I don't want to see your nappy feet while I'm picking out my lemons, k thx.



I get pedicures regualarly...walking barefoot all the time would defeat the purpose. I prefer to not step on glass, spit and cigarette butts on the street. Heck I even wear birkenstocks at home!
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I'm barefoot right now and I'm at work
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I find it highly entertaining that people get freaked out by seeing a part of the body that is usually covered. Personally I found my feet to be alot cleaner and less stinkier when I went barefoot than when they were trapped inside a stinky, sweaty shoe.



Loved the "it seems a bit gross and dirty to me" comment. I want to know where you buy your shoes from cause I can only assume that they have no gross and dirty things stuck to them. Or maybe you look where you step
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I'm barefoot right now and I'm at work



To be fair, my shoes are off too. But I'm wearing socks
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I love going barefoot, unless it's cold and then I'm a wuss. I wear crocs or flip flops when I can't go shoeless. I think bare feet are nicer looking than shoes.
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I have to agree with some here...feet are pretty icky imo and they just get grosser as we age lol. I wouldn't walk around barefoot near/in a city. I don't like the idea of feces getting on me. yuk. And traces of it can usually be found everywhere.
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Interesting link, LH, thanx.



I guess I'm a closet barefooter. I'm barefoot a lot, but I always bought into the whole no bare feet in public businesses thing. I live in a warm climate surrounded by lots of barefoot hippie types, and barefeet are frowned upon by the more conventional types. Because the people who often go barefoot everywhere are also the ones who rarely shower and tend to smell (I'm serious, not just stereotyping here) bare feet get a bad rap.



I'm gonna give this a bit more thought...

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I walk barefoot all the time, including winter. I still have one leg left, I'll amputate it soon. Not really, I'm barefoot only around indoors and when I'm in private.

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Shoes are the first thing to come off me when I get home. I don't put them on again until I'm ready to go somewhere.



As soon as it's warm enough outside, I go barefoot in my leisure time. I don't generally go barefoot inside my home in the winter because paying less for heating is more important to me than not wearing socks and slippers.



I can't say I mind wearing shoes in professional and social settings, but I do like taking them off at friends' houses when we're settling in for an evening of games, food and movies or whatever.



My sister is way into barefooting, or at least she was growing up. I remember laughing while watching her leap over piles of snow on a scamper out to the mailbox on a cold winter day.



Here at work, a bunch of us will take off our shoes/sandals in the summer when we're going to be in the office for awhile and not expecting any visitors. If we get called up to the front desk, we put shoes on.

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Wear sandles alot even in winter. At the beach and you see people going into the resrt room, without shoes or sandles. That's just plain gross. Plantar warts can be contracted through bear feet, along with other fungle junk.
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[...]Plantar warts can be contracted through bear feet[...]



And if you eat the rest of the bear, you can get internal parasites.

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And if you eat the rest of the bear, you can get internal parasites.



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I can't find the link right now, but there is a fake pair of sandals one can buy so that when in stores, it looks like you're wearing sandals even though you're barefoot. It has a strap on top but nothing on the bottom.
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