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post #641 of 784
I've got the Vibram 5 finger shoes on order! I trail run and have had a stick through the foot when going barefoot, so this is the next best thing. So excited!
post #642 of 784
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Originally Posted by jamsmama View Post
I've got the Vibram 5 finger shoes on order! I trail run and have had a stick through the foot when going barefoot, so this is the next best thing. So excited!
I got a pair last week! They are awesome! I even ordered a pair for my sister...I hope she likes them, too.
post #643 of 784
OMG this is hillarious! I don't have time to read through the entire thread right now, but I just needed to post.

How have I not found this tribe before!?!

Today I got scolded by a waitress at a restaurant for taking my shoes off when I sat down.

My children are always barefoot, and I've been laughed at, lectured, teased and shamed for this. Everyone around me and even complete strangers seem to think I may be damaging my babes by letting them run around barefoot.

to all my barefoot sisters, and down with shoes and socks.

P.S. Don't toe socks just creep you right out?!?
post #644 of 784
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Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
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P.S. Don't toe socks just creep you right out?!?
Pretty much. I have certainly never wanted to try them out!
post #645 of 784
welcome to the thread lil earthmomma
post #646 of 784
I walked around barefoot in downtown Oakland one day.

I'll never do that again. My feet were crazy dirty afterward. It took two days of scrubbing and a long soak to get them clean.
post #647 of 784
I LOVE LOVE LOVE to be barefoot. When I worked in corporate America, I was always known as "that marketing girl who doesn't wear shoes." (I wore suits, and as soon as I hit my office, the shoes came off. I think that only works if you are a marketing girl...they expected us to be a little bit eccentric.) I walked around Costco barefoot (and very pregnant) a couple of years ago, because for whatever reason, I had decided that my feet were 'hot' in my flip flops, and I needed to be walking on a cold floor.
post #648 of 784
i used to always go barefoot in big dirty cities. even places like bombay, london, bangkok, sydney, mexico, berlin... yep, you get black feet. part of the daily ritual is the foot wash. but yeah, i'm also the one who went 6 years without even owning a pair of shoes - not even sandals or flipflops
post #649 of 784
growing up in SoFla, I NEVER wore shoes, not even on 100* black pavement. I kind of grew my own shoes called calluses on my feet. I live in Pittsburgh now and when I have to ....I wear my reefs, but only inside the store. If I could....I would never wear shoes again. I think my dh freaks out a little because I am constantly washing my feet, but they're a lot cleaner than the shoes...
post #650 of 784
I wish I was that brave! I have foot problems and NOT wearing shoes hurts! But so does wearing them if on my feet for a long time, esp. on hard surfaces. Anyway, to avoid this problem for my dd, I buy these shoes: www.softstarshoes.com We love'em!
post #651 of 784
aww, yay! I love this tribe! I used to hardly wear shoes at all unless I was at a store or at a class, but lately I've been wearing more shoes, although, just flip flops. I can't STAND close-toe or lace-up shoes! So uncomfortable. My DS is a no-shoes baby. I don't see any reason to put shoes on his little toes. He's got free feet!
post #652 of 784
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Originally Posted by jamsmama View Post
I've got the Vibram 5 finger shoes on order! I trail run and have had a stick through the foot when going barefoot, so this is the next best thing. So excited!
This is so crazy. I haven't been here in so long and I just got a pair of five fingers and thought of you mamas. I had to rush here to tell you, but I see you are way ahead of me. I love these shoes. I am always barefoot, but during the winter it gets hard to keep that lifestyle, these shoes are the next best thing.

One question, how are you finding the fit? I am a 40 in all my shoes that I have to wear, I find that my right one is a bit tighter? I am afraid to size up though?
post #653 of 784
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Originally Posted by park4 View Post
growing up in SoFla, I NEVER wore shoes, not even on 100* black pavement. I kind of grew my own shoes called calluses on my feet.
I am from Hollywood, so I know what you mean about the black pavement. So hot it looks like puddles on the road! I have what everyone calls Florida Feet, plain old tough!
post #654 of 784
Yay for bare feet! My mom was always yelling at me when P was little, telling me that she'd never learn how to walk if I didn't get her some hard-soled "supportive" shoes.
I had no idea that humans only became bipedal after the invention of the hard soled shoe with arch support.
Who knew?

I pretty much just wear shoes when I go out in public. Oddly enough, when I do wear shoes, I only wear flip-flops or big stompy engineer's boots. There's nothing like a pair of slightly-too-big engineer's boots to keep your toes warm while still letting them wiggle and feel free when you're walking in snow!

One of the first things I thought of when I got laid off was how nice it was going to be to escape my "work shoes".
post #655 of 784
hey mamas. I've always loved bare feet, and I've been reading more about barefooting. I'm thinking about expanding my barefootness from inside the house (no yard) to the public sphere. I'm quite excited. Can you REALLY go into stores barefooted?

(I'll have to keep shoes for work, as I work in a kitchen, and it would be too hazardous to go barefoot.)

I really love cute shoes (particularly and mostly boots), however I love being barefoot too. I think I need a little more barefoot groundedness in my life.
post #656 of 784
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Originally Posted by Magelet View Post
Can you REALLY go into stores barefooted?

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well they have the right to refuse service to anyone but really if you are just shopping and not making a scene or doing something weird why would they even look down? They've never even noticed i was barefoot
post #657 of 784
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Can you REALLY go into stores barefooted?
Yes.

http://www.barefooters.org/health-dept/

http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/pfstores.htm

As onyxravnos already pointed out, they rarely notice.
post #658 of 784
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Originally Posted by Magelet View Post
hey mamas. I've always loved bare feet, and I've been reading more about barefooting. I'm thinking about expanding my barefootness from inside the house (no yard) to the public sphere. I'm quite excited. Can you REALLY go into stores barefooted?

(I'll have to keep shoes for work, as I work in a kitchen, and it would be too hazardous to go barefoot.)

I really love cute shoes (particularly and mostly boots), however I love being barefoot too. I think I need a little more barefoot groundedness in my life.
It depends on the store, and if someone notices. I'm in Florida right now, and I've been hassled way than when I was in NJ. Grocery stores are the worst. I've never had a problem with Walmart or Target or Borders or Barnes and Noble. Costco threatened to take away my membership if I came in without shoes again. (I cancelled.) The best places are little places that actually want your business.
post #659 of 784
What about play areas in stores or restaurants? Are there typically laws telling them people have to wear shoes? Our EC group met at a nice toy store last summer that had a pretty cool play area. And the guy that owned the store passed out socks to any adult he noticed in there barefoot and said he had to.
post #660 of 784
I wear long enough skirts most of the time that it is REALLY unlikely that anyone would notice.

this is fun, I'm loving being barefoot. (we went for a short barefoot hike today that was really fun. I had to put shoes on after the hike though, because my feet had sort of hit their gravel sensitivity limit)
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