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post #321 of 784
i think they're praising you.
post #322 of 784
Hey!! How'd I miss this thread???!

I've started going barefoot recently - I'm still a bit of a wuss, and won't go barefoot into most stores (I need to grow a bigger set of ovaries), but I'm barefoot almost ALL the time at work (the crocs stay under my desk), in the car, and DEFINITELY at home/at friends houses.

I want a set of those 'fake' shoes (the toe strappie thingies?) - I figure they'll make the transition to 'barefoot in stores' easier.
post #323 of 784
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Originally Posted by earthymama2b View Post
I want a set of those 'fake' shoes (the toe strappie thingies?) - I figure they'll make the transition to 'barefoot in stores' easier.
Long, flowing skirts help too

love and peace.
post #324 of 784
Hello again, mamas! trmptplaya, I was glad last year when you started this thread, and I'm glad so glad it's still goin'!

So a few months ago I bought my 1 1/2 year old a pair of the Nomadic State sandals. Wow, do I get compliments on them! And they are super airy, and super easy to take care of, and very sturdy. BUT, the sole is NOT flexible. Not even close. Have y'all found any sandally shoes that are flexible bottoms but are also sturdy? (I'm not really looking for mocs...)

TIA.
post #325 of 784
Thread Starter 
Yeah... the Nomadic State sandals are comfy, but definitely not on the flexible side... I'm sorry, but I don't have any suggestions :

I did find out about a new forum for barefooters if any of you would like to check it out:

http://barefooting.freeforums.org/

It's brand new (3 weeks or so old) so it's not terribly active yet, but it's definitely worth checking out

love and peace.
post #326 of 784
I'm currently dealing with one of the drawbacks of barefooting... my heels are catching on the sheets in bed. :

To pumice or not to pumice? Seems to me that the callouses are protecting my feet & pumicing them off will remove that protecting. Any thoughts?
post #327 of 784
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Originally Posted by spiderdust View Post
I'm currently dealing with one of the drawbacks of barefooting... my heels are catching on the sheets in bed. :

To pumice or not to pumice? Seems to me that the callouses are protecting my feet & pumicing them off will remove that protecting. Any thoughts?
i am mostly lurking cuz i haven't had much to say. but now i do! when my heels start catching on stuff i moisturize them at night. that way i still have thick skin but it is smoother and it gets a little softer it seems to help a lot with preventing cracks and stuff in callouses also.
post #328 of 784
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by spiderdust View Post
I'm currently dealing with one of the drawbacks of barefooting... my heels are catching on the sheets in bed. :

To pumice or not to pumice? Seems to me that the callouses are protecting my feet & pumicing them off will remove that protecting. Any thoughts?
If you pumice just around the edges, that seems to help a lot. Just walking around can help keep the very bottom somewhat smooth (especially walking on sidewalks and roads and such...), but when excess skin builds up around the edges it doesn't get worn down and tends to stay rough. So, usually I do a very light pumicing (well... dh does it for me 'cause I have a hard time reaching my feet at the moment ) around the edges of my heels and a bit of hemp seed moisturizer helps as well

love and peace.
post #329 of 784
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Originally Posted by earthymama2b View Post
I want a set of those 'fake' shoes (the toe strappie thingies?) - I figure they'll make the transition to 'barefoot in stores' easier.
oh i want a pair of those too! i guess i should pull out the hemptwine and skull beads and see if i can figure out how to make a pair
post #330 of 784
Burts Bees makes a nice coconut foot cream, I rub it on the outside rough bits and massage it in. Smells and feels good. I just sandpaper the soles on the concrete, it feels sooooooo good. I have to show control and stop otherwise all my hard work of building up the caullous is gone.

Does anyone else do that? Or just me.....
post #331 of 784
you hippies are hilarious.

thankful, i don't scrape em on concrete, but i go absolutely crazy at the beach.

trmpt, a long ass dress is what got me through my wedding without my mom bitching. it felt sooo good to be that free on my "big day".

man, i'd get my a$$ chewed out for stomping around at work. i could totally pull it off in my own department, except a customer would probably rat me out. WO is pretty lenient, for a corporation, but they have their limits... and i happily push them constantly. still, i can wear crocs, so that's a small blessing.

does anyone have any information or opinions re plantar warts? i'm pretty convinced that they're a psychic manifestation, but i can't for the life of me figure out what it is so i could address it. i don't mind my feet being dirty (at all ~sigh~) or even a little dry 'n' crusty, but warts are just so... icky.

anyway, happy summer to you all. i've gotten out of the game the past few years but it's inspirational to have found you. enjoy the warm earth under your tootsies.
post #332 of 784
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. :
post #333 of 784
Hi! I'm a part timer. If I have to wear shoes I am wearing Birks. My kids aren't big shoe-wearers, either. We have what we call "4th of July Feet". If they can't walk across the gravel driveway by the 4th of July barefooted, then I've failed miserably!
post #334 of 784
count me in on being barefoot... i didnt realize that was a whole load of barefooting people!!

I've actually gone soft the past few years - i no longer have a gravel driveway to help toughen up the soles, like when i was a kid
post #335 of 784
Hey there barefoot mamas, I loved this thread, you all made me smile. You've also inspired me to try some public barefooting, with the help of a nice long hippie skirt.
post #336 of 784
Wow!! What great information. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea that it wasn't illegal to not wear shoes in most places. I HATE shoes. I only wear flip flops and have one pair of Crocs b/c shoes hurt my feet. I take off my shoes as much as possible.

My feet are already callused. My feet basically have natural shoe soles on the bottom I'm going to start pushing the limits on not wearing shoes.
post #337 of 784
I didn't even realize this was a 'movement' if you will. I just hate shoes, always have, even from when I was little, I hates shoes.

now I can tell DH that there are benefits to my distaste for footwear!

I do wear tevas if need be though
post #338 of 784
subbing… I'll try to catch up sometime!
I'm *always* barefoot inside. My co-workers thought I was crazy for taking off my shoes as soon as I got to work, but no one stopped me. Outside is another story but I'm hoping to get used to it. The more I read about it, the more motivated I am.
post #339 of 784
I'm not showing yet, but am already dreading all the "barefoot and pregnant" comments that are bound to be coming my way in a few months! No way am I buying shoes, though; this is my first barefoot pregnancy and I have absolutely no issues with swelling or sore feet. I'm on the go all the time and never have to "sit down and rest and put my feet up".

Alcyone, go nice and slow with the transition to barefooting outside. My Sis swore by rubbing alcohol once or twcie a day in the spring to toughen up her soles, but I didn't bother last year and wound up with some pretty bad blisters from a pretty short distance. I can walk anywhere I want for as long as I want now, but I'm also a (barefoot) bicyclist and when I had to park the bike and walk when my Mom was out to visit, I wound up with a bit of soreness one day even though I didn't get any actual blisters.

I've gotten braver about not putting on my flip-flops every time I go into a store lately. They'e right there in my backpack in case anyone gives me any hassle, but so far no one has.

I still want to get some of those "barefoot sandals".
post #340 of 784
I accidentally went barefoot at work yesterday!

I normally wear my crocs to work, take them off in the car on my way home, and leave them in the car for the next day. On Monday, for some reason, I wore my crocs in the house, and didn't realize it until I got to work on Tuesday.

Amazingly enough - NO ONE even NOTICED!!!

I went to a store on my way home, barefoot still, and once again, no one noticed - I'm loving it!
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