I'm sorry I didn't see this thread sooner. Definately where I belong. I've been thrown out of stores a few times for being barefoot but usually no problem. The manager at Costco actually told me, "Look, here's the problem, the head of the health department shops here (I live in the state capitol) and she's made me take perfectly good cheesecakes out of the freezer and toss them because the temp was a little low" and offered to ring up any groceries I needed if it was only a few items.
One thing I noticed--when I was young and very attractive no one noticed I was barefoot. I didn't make that connection until I had a newborn, and then, walking around with a newborn in a wrap, again, no one noticed I was barefoot! I guess if you've got something higher up to distract people it's easier.
I was going to print out that letter on the barefooters.org website about how it's not illegal to be barefoot to keep in my wallet. But it says:
"As far as we can determine, there are no Washington State laws or regulations that address this issue on a broad scale. For instance, Washington's food service regulations, Chapter 246-215 Washington Administrative Code, does not contain language requiring footwear by customers. The only references to this topic are within a few regulations that govern specific facilities (e.g., in food service operations at certain colleges)."
..and the main reason I wanted it is because I was asked to leave the college espresso store. Makes me so angry. It's such a hippie campus, to be thrown out THERE after going barefoot everywhere in some of the yuppie towns around here... WTF?
Oh, and the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned I called "my elf boots" they were leather and laced up around my ankles, they had dents in the leather where my foot went, and were a lot like those babyshoes you can buy except they had recycled shredded tires melted onto the bottoms of them. What I would give to have another pair of those! I bought them at a farmer's market from a guy who said he'd re-sole them for $10 whenever they wore down. I had them resoled once, but the second time they wore down I had lost his card and he'd stopped coming back to the market.