We're getting ready to move (just upstairs in our duplex from a studio to a three-bedroom) so I've been a bit preoccupied lately...
Originally Posted by Mamma Christi
1. What do you do when people give you *rude* comments? I read a barefooting FAQ that had some responses, but nothing I would be comfy saying to someone. Today I got my first rude comments (I don't go barefoot outside of my house or the immediate area outside my door usually - today was my first adventure lol) and I didn't know how to respond. They actually said "Put on some d*** shoes hippy"...which is almost funny since the only thing about me that was "hippy-ish" was the fact I wasn't wearing shoes...
We have never gotten rude comments... curious or concerned comments, yes; but rude, no. Most people ask if our feet are cold - we answer honestly, but if the answer is "yes" then we also mention that our feet get better circulation when they aren't all boxed up in shoes. I would probably just reply (to the comment you got) that I AM wearing my shoes and look at them like they're blind or something
|2. Is anyone here a young barefooter, I'm talking 21 and under? I'm 21 and I seem to get more crap from people my age than people 10 years or so older than me...just kind of want to know I'm not alone LOL.
Dh and I started barefooting when we were 22 and now I just turned 24 and dh is still 23. I was also a barefooter until I went to college. I don't know what happened during the years between 18 and 22 though
: I hated shoes still and I never wore anything but sandals or flips unless there was snow on the ground, but it just never occured to me that I could actually go out in public without shoes on.
IMO, the people who give the most crap are just jealous
: There was a barefooter at my college and he got some crap from folks, but he didn't care. He was comfortable and doing the healthy thing and it was the folks giving him a hard time who had the issue. I noticed that he was barefoot, but I never thought to look into it more closely at the time
|3. What would you do if your SO/DH wasn't that supportive of the barefoot lifestyle? My fiance isn't the type to be into it and so usually when I go out with him I wear my flipflops just so he doesn't ask me what the heck I'm doing. I don't know how to "talk to him" about this, I mean...it's an odd thing to try to sit down and talk to him about heh.
My dh was very open to the idea even though I discovered barefooters.org first. We were not barefooters when we met, though we have never been what would be called "conventional" at any time in our lives. I just showed dh the studies and mentioned that it would be fun to try. We didn't barefoot in public until we had conditioned our feet somewhat on backroads and beaches. So maybe taking some barefoot walks on backroads would be the best way to ease him into the idea.
|4. What are your favorite surfaces to walk on? Today I learned that I think I love a)grass, b)chilly asphalt/concrete, and c)speedbumps. I like going from rough asphalt to a smooth speedbump.
Grass is awesome! So is sand on the beach - even people who wear shoes chronically seem to be comfortable taking their shoes off on the beach! I also like hiking through the woods on dirt trails. Sadly, some of the trails around here are now sharp gravel... but most are still nice dirt
|5. Has anyone here ever stepped in dog poo? I was going to go barefoot in the grassy area behind my house but I think some people let their dogs go to the bathroom out there...and I'm kind of scared to :-/
No, but I wouldn't worry about it if I did. It wipes off of bare feet in the grass much easier than it wipes off of shoes since feet don't have any deep tread for the poo to get stuck in. You can also keep a cloth and a bucket of water or something similar by the door to wipe your feet with before going into the house.
Also, while going barefoot, I find that I'm much more aware of where I'm stepping than when I'm wearing shoes. I'm more likely to step in dog poo if I'm not barefoot than if I am (considering that I've stepped in it numerous times in shoes and never barefoot... and I've been mostly barefoot for most of my life).
Welcome to the barefooter lifestyle! And remember that it doesn't matter how much or how little you actually wear shoes vs. go barefoot. It's a state of mind - that it's okay and legal and healthy to go barefoot whenever possible - rather than a competition about who goes barefoot more than who
love and peace.