Originally Posted by Melaya
My shoe size is only 7.5, but they are very
wide. My mil says that's because I never wore shoes as a kid (that just drives her bananas). Is it true that being bare foot makes your feet fat? Sorry if you guys covered that already at some point in the thread.
Not "fat," but normal. Shoes disfigure feet so it would stand to reason that a foot that was unshod often wouldn't fit as well into a shoe that was made for a disfigured foot. Here is part of a book with illustrations of what a normal foot looks like compared to a foot that was disfigured by wearing shoes:http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/swc1.htm
Negative comments about dd... nope. But she has not walked around with us around town yet since she's not THAT good at walking yet... She walks around church with no comments from anyone though. She has never worn shoes... but that'll most likely change in the next month or so. Not that she'll be wearing them regularly... but when it gets colder and she's walking more (now she's content in the sling) in public then she'll use shoes.
The thing about shoes is that they are a tool. Just because gloves are handy and useful in some situations doesn't mean that we should wear them all the time or even just all the time we're in public. Same thing with shoes
Dh and I don't get negative comments about our barefootedness either. We get questions and honest concerns about our feet being too cold or the pavement too hot. We answer and give them information and usually people come away from talking to us and think that being barefoot is pretty cool. One of Dh's bosses (he works for several companies and has his own business as well) is uncomfortable with us being barefoot, but he won't come right out and say it. He will ask dh things like "how attached are you to going barefoot?" and "hypothetically speaking, if you were working as a baker, wouldn't people think that it was unhygienic if you were seen walking around town barefoot?" And dh responded that since he doesn't bake with his feet and since regulations would require shoes while baking for SAFETY reasons, it couldn't possibly be an issue. And Dh works with computers, not with food, anyhow...
One thing that I have heard from other barefooters is that if you're barefoot then there should be no problems about your children being barefoot. I was a bit concerned about CPS at first, but it makes sense that if we're barefoot and the child doesn't want to wear shoes then there should be no trouble.
love and peace.