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post #221 of 784
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Yay!!!! More barefoot mamas! to everyone

Thus far dd has never worn shoes She's just started walking recently and till today it was really warm. We have some soft-soled shoes, but until it gets pretty cold she won't be wearing them. We'll be carrying shoes with us when she starts walking so that I can flash them at people and let them know that we HAVE shoes for her, but she doesn't like to wear them (why would she ever like to wear them when she never has?). It's terrible trying to get her to wear PANTS, I'm sure I can do without trying to put shoes on her unless the weather/area we're walking in really justifies it.

love and peace.
post #222 of 784
I went barefoot today to 7-11...and it felt great!

post #223 of 784
Hello, New Barefooting Mamas! This is such a great tribe.

I have been absent from MDC the past few weeks. I am trying to get back into a schedule w/ dd and work. I am going through barefooting mourning My job requires me to wear shoes and it is so difficult. I have been wearing my Nomadic Sandals, which is as close as I'm going to get. Dd is also starting some sort of a shoe fetish. She won't keep them on for too long, but each day she insists on wearing boots in the 80 degree+ heat of the weather here.

So, with fall coming and winter around the corner...I know some of you mentioned wearing shoes in the cold. Just curious what everyone wears if anything. What is the closest to being barefoot in the cold months. Thanks and peace,
post #224 of 784
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So, with fall coming and winter around the corner...I know some of you mentioned wearing shoes in the cold. Just curious what everyone wears if anything. What is the closest to being barefoot in the cold months. Thanks and peace,
I still run barefooted in the house, and outside for a while.
When I lived with my parents they had a wood stove and the house was always very cozy! But they also had a large concrete platform/driveway and I could stand on it barefooted in the cold. At first it feels almost like it burns but my feet just get numb from it.
Now, I wear Birkendstock sandals outside around the house in the winter, but to go out I usually wear hiking boots with wool socks.

ETA: When I was a swimmer, I wore flip-flops year-round and I discovered that if your feet are not touching the cold ground then they don't get very cold.
post #225 of 784
Got married in my barefeet, and hate to wear shoes. 'subbin!
post #226 of 784
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Originally Posted by mother nurture
Hello, New Barefooting Mamas! This is such a great tribe.

I have been absent from MDC the past few weeks. I am trying to get back into a schedule w/ dd and work. I am going through barefooting mourning My job requires me to wear shoes and it is so difficult. I have been wearing my Nomadic Sandals, which is as close as I'm going to get. Dd is also starting some sort of a shoe fetish. She won't keep them on for too long, but each day she insists on wearing boots in the 80 degree+ heat of the weather here.

So, with fall coming and winter around the corner...I know some of you mentioned wearing shoes in the cold. Just curious what everyone wears if anything. What is the closest to being barefoot in the cold months. Thanks and peace,
I had to laugh, you have described my dd to a T!!! She hates shoes and will do anything she can to dispose of them. She has fed two pairs to our dog, secretly "lost" a shoe whilst out shopping, so I have given up, after all, how can I expect her to wear them when I don't usually! That said, she will put on rubber wellingtons when it is 80 in the shade!!!! My ds's prefer flip flops if they have to wear something, but are also keen barefooters!

I don't think I truly belong in this tribe as I don't barefoot around town, only the house and outside here, but I am the last of my kind here to put my flip flops away and get out "winter" shoes!!
post #227 of 784
me! me! me! me!

Wow what a cool tribe. I belong to a barefoot runners yahoogroup too. Let me introduce myself briefly: I was always barefoot as a child as I grew up on a farm and about 1.5 yr ago became much more regular-life barefoot and a barefoot runner. My ds loves being barefoot too and takes off ANY footwear when we get anywhere where he wants to be agile.

I've been barefoot in Ukraine and Prague as well! I tried to make "fake" sandals but they still interfered with my naked pleasure.

Being barefoot helps keep me "in the now" as I subtly am always sensing the earth beneath my feet.

I look forward to chatting with other barefoot mamas!
post #228 of 784
oh I forgot to ask (sorry if this has already been answered), but what are Nomadic Sandals?
post #229 of 784
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oh I forgot to ask (sorry if this has already been answered), but what are Nomadic Sandals?


There's a link in the first post. They're really comfy rope sandals that are better than shoes if one can't go barefoot

What's the barefoot running group called? Are you also in the SBL's yahoo group? There aren't many women members... either that or they don't post very often which is why I started this tribe here!

Dd is walking everywhere now and has yet to wear any sort of shoes - just socks and booties when she was a newborn. My mom's going to get her some Soft Star shoes next monthish. We have some Robeez to carry around for now in case anyone asks or if the weather/ground textures are harsh When we were at a restaurant a couple weeks ago, one of the lady's who worked there asked if dd's feet were cold and I told her that the restaurant floor wasn't any colder than our kitchen floor. She then said that she never let her dc-ren walk around without wearing shoes and I just said, "well, it's hard enough to get clothes on her without trying to put shoes on her too. She just doesn't like them." (if trying to put socks on her is any indicator...).

It's starting to get chilly here, but not bad. We haven't had to wear any footwear yet and are going to try to go through the winter un-shod : We'll see how it goes! It almost never snows here (near Seattle) though, so it should work out just fine.

How are all your bare feet holding up with cooler weather coming around?

love and peace.
post #230 of 784
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A great article in the NY Times about barefoot hiking -

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/22/tr...=1&oref=slogin

Well worth reading

We went to an autumn equinox celebration last night and part of it was walking through the woods at dusk. The trails were an absolute joy to walk on barefoot. When I think what sensations I would have missed had I worn shoes : It rained a couple days ago and the ground felt so nice. It wasn't squishy or hard. It was somewhere wonderful in between

We just found out yesterday that all the shoes (all soft-sole of course) we have for dd are too small for her (her feet are exceptionally large...). Oops. I guess she'll be un-shod for a bit longer : It's not cold here yet though so it's all good! I need to send my mom the info to get her some moccasins soon...

love and peace.
post #231 of 784
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What's the barefoot running group called? Are you also in the SBL's yahoo group? There aren't many women members... either that or they don't post very often which is why I started this tribe here!
Here it is!

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/RunningBarefoot/
post #232 of 784
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We went to an autumn equinox celebration last night and part of it was walking through the woods at dusk. The trails were an absolute joy to walk on barefoot. When I think what sensations I would have missed had I worn shoes ...
oh wow...I love these words. This is so true.

My ds is also outgrowing his soft souls (currently Padraigs) and I don't know what to do for our frosty fall. I looked into See Kai Runs but they are $50CAN! YIKES! I made moccasins last winter and really hope they still fit. What options are there for zero to +5 celcius?
post #233 of 784
according to the native american tradition of the southwest: for a woman to go around barefoot is to go around blindfolded!
post #234 of 784
oh, and a link to moccasins for all ages that are soft soled and very affordable: http://www.tandyleather.com/products.asp?dept=353
post #235 of 784
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oh, and a link to moccasins for all ages that are soft soled and very affordable: http://www.tandyleather.com/products.asp?dept=353
Thanks, zoebird! Those ARE great prices and much cheaper than the stress of making them myself (fulfilling though it is)!
post #236 of 784
I was always the kid in the neighbourhood without shoes- it never occured to me that being barefoot is a lifestyle choice or anything. I was homeschooled for much of my life, and my mom let me play outside in nice weather barefoot.
I drive barefoot and go outside barefoot. I'm almost always barefoot unless like shopping- you know, the no shirt/no shoes thing. I also don't like the feeling of wet stuff like saliva, etc. I'm more of a cement fan, or pack down dirt (as opposed to grass- I used to get tons of beestings on my feet when I was younger. Totally built up a hypervigilence when it comes to clover patches!)
When I wear shoes, it's my birks. I got them this summer, and have no idea what I did without them! I usually wore sandals. It's hard for me to wear flip-flops because it is not comfortable to have something btwn my toes.
post #237 of 784
oh yeah, since I'm a knitter, I like to make socks. But I don't really like to wear them unless it's winter. Even then, I really just like to make them for others. Just thought that would be of interest to y'all.
post #238 of 784
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I'm more of a cement fan, or pack down dirt.
Oh I like the sticky hot tar they use to patch pavement!
post #239 of 784
I always go bear-footed at home, I've never really thought about it though. And every pair of shoes I own are flip-flops.
post #240 of 784
It's getting chilly, but my feet are holding up fine. I still carry my flip flops for stores with "No shoes no shirt no service" signs and I don't really feel like challenging the food bank's policy of requiring volunteers to wear closed toed shoes BUT, I discovered last night that the pedals of my bicycle are just FINE for bare feet. I had one miserable barefoot ride on a borrowed bicycle and had been wearing my horrid closed toed plastic foot-suffocating shoes to ride in all summer.

I remember trmptplaya asking about barefoot bicycle riding a few pages back, but haven't really been keeping up with the tribe lately. It's just become more natural and normal for me and I'm really starting to enjoy the sensations.

Caging my feet for the winter really would feel like walking around blindfolded.

Since I am low-income and downwardly mobile, I anticipate having to deal with some class issues regarding barefooting in the next little bit. It helps that I OWN a nice pair of hand-me-down sandals now and I CHOOSE not to wear them.
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