Originally Posted by MusicianDad
My experience tells me it makes perfect sense. But then again, I do have a scar on the bottom of my foot to remind me that it makes sense.
Let me elaborate. I went most summers barefoot to school, as did several of my classmates. A handful went to school barefoot in the winter. All of us had shoes and chose not to wear them. I did cut and burnt myself here and there, but that was just part of life for me. I walked around barefoot during college, and in the woods, and through cities. It is not all that bad. Walking barefoot is wonderful, I can feel the ground, it feels good for my back. I would not want to miss any of this. Honestly, I just don't really care for shoes in general.
I can see, that there are some instances, where shoes have an important protective function (working in a chemical lab, working on a construction site, working on a ship). I don't buy the germs argument, nor the dirt, dirt is everywhere plus I can and do wash my feet once I get home, and so many people were flipflops, or other thin soled shoes that are not really protective.
As I said, I grew up differently and learned to evaluate some of the daily "dangers" differently. Now that I have a child in a different culture, I am learning more rules as the no barefoot rule or the no running in buildings rule and many more.