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post #201 of 784
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MDC ate my post I don't remember all that I said... maybe it wasn't that important

I wanted to welcome the new mamas to the tribe!

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Originally Posted by tie-dyed
Easter Island is made of sharp volcanic rock that the residents walked barefoot on with impunity. All the westerner's shoes quickly got sliced up on the rocks. The missionaires gave shoes to the children--who quicklyl returned to their barefooted-ness when the shoes got sliced up on the rocks. The shoes couldn't handle it, but their feet were fine.
I love this so much Thank you for sharing it!!!

love and peace.
post #202 of 784
Checking in, mamas. Tomorrow we go to a wedding and I dreading wearing shoes I don't plan on wearing them once I sit down during the service and I expect to rip them off at the reception. I know that my feet will need a lot of breathing time after wearing dress shoes.

Peace~
post #203 of 784
isn't it funny how dirty phobic people are? seriously? I think people would vacuum the dirt outta their lawn if they could figure out how! LOL
post #204 of 784
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Originally Posted by HennyPenny
isn't it funny how dirty phobic people are? seriously? I think people would vacuum the dirt outta their lawn if they could figure out how! LOL
I don't doubt it one bit!!!!!! I, uh, maybe go to the other extreme on that : (I'm certainly not a housekeeper! It's not filthy, but just nicely lived in )

But on another note...

I'm so excited!! For whatever reason most things are way easier to speak about with strangers (even things such as lactivism, no-circ, no -- or at least informed -- vax, etc) than with family.... this even comes to barefooting it for me!!

But finally yesterday I was shopping with my mom and looking at some shoes for the girls (black mary janes for the winter months actually) and I finally did it. I found a pair of shoes made for wee little toesies and the soles were SOLID AS A ROCK. I couldnt' even bend them if I tried. (they were heavy too! ugh!)

So I made some comment to my mom about how terrible those shoes were since they didn't let little feet move like they were supposed to, etc..... and she totally agreed! I mean, obviously she couldn't *not* agree .... but still! Then she picked up some of those shoes that are marketed for babies that have the total ankle support and commented on how terrible those were as well!!

That got me on a roll and I got to chattering about how much better feet do when not confined by shoes, how arches can improve, how many fewer ankle injuries there are, and even how I'm more worried about what's in people's shoes than what's on the ground we walk on

She might have thought I was a bit silly (and by silly, I mean that I just got to talking and wouldn't be quiet ) but nodded and said it all made sense

I'm all about barefoot activism lately -- *especially* trying to protect the littlest of feet!! Poor babies with their feet all jammed into ill-fitting (and totally stiff) shoes! We'll liberate them two by two
post #205 of 784
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Originally Posted by judybean
I'm all about barefoot activism lately -- *especially* trying to protect the littlest of feet!! Poor babies with their feet all jammed into ill-fitting (and totally stiff) shoes! We'll liberate them two by two
Totally!!! There's a grandmother in my church who was commenting on how far ahead dd is compared to her granddaughter as far as moving about (her granddaughter is a little chunk and dd is a pretty lean baby so that might have something to do with it - and dd is ridiculously ahead anyhow : ) and mentioned that she thought it might partially be because her daughter doesn't put shoes on her granddaughter. I took the opportunity to point out that my dd doesn't wear shoes either and that it's much healthier to be barefoot, especially for the first five years She completely changed her mind after about 10 minutes and laughed and said that her daughter is going to wonder how on earth she was convinced (the grandmother has been after her daughter about the shoes on the baby thing for the past 8 months ). I told her that her daughter knows what she is doing! I'm so happy that her daughter will be getting support from her mom now

love and peace.
post #206 of 784
Barefoot activism- There is nothing better than educating people about the benefits of barefooting. Good for you mamas

I have to say that the biggest issue I find while talking w/ others and educating them about barefooting is the fear of germs and dirtiness while in public. I would love some links if any of you have some regarding this. I haven't looked, but figured maybe some of you had some links before I searched the web.

The wedding was great and I ended up spending much time barefoot
It is also very refreshing that each Sunday I worship the Lord in my barefeet.
This week the children led the celebration and danced around barefoot. It was awesome I also love the fact that when I take dd to the nursery, they don't have an issue w/ her barefeet.

Lots of peace~
post #207 of 784
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Originally Posted by mother nurture
I have to say that the biggest issue I find while talking w/ others and educating them about barefooting is the fear of germs and dirtiness while in public. I would love some links if any of you have some regarding this. I haven't looked, but figured maybe some of you had some links before I searched the web.
This article was posted on the SBL list a little while back:

http://www.livescience.com/othernews...lean_rats.html

It's not directly about barefooting, but it's relevant

Here we go, just lay these facts on those people who are scared of being dirty and germy and yet still wear dirty germy shoes all day long It's from the barefoot children's site so it's about kids, but it's true about adult feet too!

http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/swc7.htm

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Accumulated sweat is accumulated waste which decays on feet which are covered. The child who wears shoes all day would need to bathe and change his socks twice a day, in order to keep his feet fresh. The barefooted child whose feet are soiled with dirt from lawns or floors of the house, would in this sense have cleaner feet than a child who has worn a shoe and stocking all day.
Decaying sweat sounds a lot dirtier and germier than plain old dirt. There are a bunch of links at the barefooters.org site about other concerns like athelete's foot (which can't survive on bare feet).

love and peace.
post #208 of 784
Thanks mama.
post #209 of 784
I found more 'shoes for barefooters' at a hiking store in Prescott, AZ. They actually look really neat for when you want some protection.

http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/
post #210 of 784
I'm always barefoot! So are my kids and my dh... my home is a shoe free environment, lol. I usually wear birks if i have to.
post #211 of 784
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Originally Posted by itsang
i hate wearing shoes, too & have always been that way! i get so much grief about how unhygenic & gross i am because i choose to go barefoot.: i wear my birks when shoes are required.
I get that too, I always point out how my feet don't touch anything worse than my hands do at WalMart everyday....and I'm not likely to eat anything using my feet.
post #212 of 784
I am also a barefooter. I carry a pair of flip flops with me to go into stores that require shoes. My home is also a shoe free environment. I was wondering if any of you had some advice. My dh has to wear shoes to work. They have to be full toed casual dress shoes. Is there any type he can get that aren't as bad for his feet?
post #213 of 784
oh boy just my kinda tribe! As an infant/toddler I had to wear these God awful VERY hard soled shoes and braces waist to feet. I hated them. I have never liked wearin' shoes and spend the majority of my time barefoot.

I am however very cold natured so in the winter I wear a pair of slip on tennis shoes for goin out, but most of the time all I have on are socks. In the summer it's nothing or berks. I never wear shoes at home, I always take my shoes off at Church, in therapy, at freinds/realitives houses, I take off any shoes I may be wearin' to drive, I wear my berks to work (3rd shift private duty nurse) year round and take them off the minute I get my patient all setteled in for the night...shoes hurt my already painful feet and make me feel so confined. Yay! for bearfeet!
post #214 of 784
One day when I was walking across campus barefooted enjoying how my feet felt on the warm (not hot) pavement and even the texture of the concrete, this teacher pranced by in AWEFUL-looking tiny-toed high-heels and I was just SO glad that my feet weren't suffering by being stuffed up in those torture chambers!!!
(My math teacher asked me if I was gonna be walkin around barefooted when there was snow on the ground - coz I always came to her class and office with bare feet!)

Anyway, except when I'm at work I'm always barefooted, I keep a pair of tiny flip flops in my truck for places where they refuse to let me in without shoes - which is stoooopid, but who cares.
post #215 of 784
Ds has not worn shoes all summer...for the most part. I think I put some one him to go for a walk once or twice (hot pavement and some loose gravel), and maybe his daddy or grandparents will put shoes on him...other than that, he doesn't even wear shoes to the babysitter's. It's a lot easier for him, because if we walk into a store and people give us trouble, I can just throw him in the sling. Speaking of which, what do you do about public places and their "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policies? Wear shoes, avoid, or fight for your rights?

I was on vacation in California in June, and I hardly wore shoes AT ALL. It was wonderful. People just didn't care. No one told me to leave any grocery stores or restaurants, nothing. Back in MO it's a whole different story.

I agree with the flylady thing. I'm just now trying to get into it. I suppose I could just skip the shoe thing.

The other day I got in trouble for not wearing shoes. I took off my dressy sandals at my desk, leaving just my tights, and when I got up to walk like 10 feet, my boss told me I needed to wear shoes. She then sent a department-wide email reminding everyone that shoes are REQUIRED, and she had to remind 2 employees of that today. The other employee took off her athletic shoes while she was in the back, filing, where (almost) no one could see her.:
post #216 of 784
I just assumed everyone went barefooted except when going places....hum..I'm naive I guess. All my children fight me to put on shoes, they are all summer babies and as they got older and I put shoes on them just to go in public, it was a nightmare. So, I found those little soft shoes...

Anyway, I'm barefoot all the time...keep the shoes in the car just to put on as I go into a store or something...otherwise, bare! Love, love, love it! Got it from my mom...she lived in FL for quite some time and she said no one wears shoes there.

Birks and flip flops when necessary!
post #217 of 784
shoes pffft...
post #218 of 784
I guess you could count me in! I hate shoes. I am almost unconsiously taking my shoes off when I arrive wherever I am. I prefer to wear socks when I'm at other peoples homes, and often ask "Do you mind if I take my shoes off?"

And when we get home, I always tell ds "take off your shoes and put them in the basket."

My dd has never worn hardsoled shoes, nor does SHE own a pair. There are 3 or 4 pair that would fit her in the house, but she has yet to wear them, even in the yard. I put her isabooties on for that. And I wear flipflops outside.

In the winter I'm always wearing socks in the house (hardwood floors, and my feet get very cold.) or my slippers. I need to find dd a pair of soft soled boots....super cheap. They had a pair at Target that looked nice and warm, but I didn't want to spend $12.99.

Sometimes my dh confuses me about it. He will be barefoot all weekend, then go outside for 5 minutes (putting sandels on before he goes out) and then leave them on for another hour!!
post #219 of 784
I think I belong here. I don't own socks. Period. All of the shoes that I have (save two pairs, sneakers and boots) are meant to be worn without socks, and I'm going to get a pair of Earth Shoes very soon.

I'll check out those links, though!
post #220 of 784
WOW! I never thought there would be a "tribe" for someone like me. I've always gotten flack my whole life for being barefoot all the time! I wear shoes whenever I leave the house, but to be honest, sometimes I would rather be barefoot! But I"m 100% always barefoot at home. I take off my shoes the minute I get in the door. Uggg and I HATE socks. I can't stand that feeling on my feet. What's even weirder than that to me? People who SLEEP in their socks?? Gives me the heeby jeebys.

Anyway, I do have a really nice pair of hiking boots, 2 pairs of Teva's, Earth sandles, and some 2 pairs of Earth Shoes. My dh has 2 pairs of Earth's too. He's a barefoot man too! And I rarely put shoes or socks on my daughter. Actually I even get people in the grocery store telling me to put socks or shoes on her feet. She hates them! She yanks her socks off, shoes off, and even hats! hehe I love it!
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