Hello - sorry for not being around! I was out of town for longer than expected and we're getting organized, purging the house, and getting ready to move soon so... it's been a little hectic...
Gatherer - Start slowly and don't expect too much too soon is my advice
Try to take a short barefoot walk outside everyday and slowly work up to what you can handle. Wait until the snow is gone too - I know several snow-footers, but they have been barefooting for at least a year if not several years before they try it
Some folks I know of get a box and put pea gravel (the small smooth stones) in it and walk in place for 15 or so minutes a day to build up their feet during the winter if they can't handle the snow outside.
And you can absolutely be a seasonal barefooter! Barefooting isn't an all or nothing lifestyle choice at all. It's about having the freedom to do what you are comfortable with as often as you can. If you're comfortable going everywhere in public barefoot then do so! If you're only comfortable barefoot in outdoor public places then bring flips or sandals along to wear in stores! It's all about your comfort and health and if it's too stressful to be in certain situations barefoot then you always have the freedom to put on footwear. And having the barefooter mindset (and being armed with knowledge) gives you the freedom to take off your footwear whenever you feel comfortable doing so as well
I inadvertantly snow-footed the other day because it was definitely above freezing (I can tell by how the ground feels) and so I didn't bring my shoes to Costco - my friend who took me knows all about my barefooting and is totally cool with it and I've gone to Costco barefoot before with no problems. When we came out of the store it was snowing and hailing! The ground was warm, but the hail stuck and so the snow was sticking on the hail. It was fine as long as I kept moving. If I stopped then it got WAY too cold for me. And I got a rude awakening when I stepped on what I thought was hail and it turned out to be de-icer which burned my feet something terrible
Anyhow, it's great to see some new barefooters here!!!
love and peace.