BUT we're moving to New Zealand in five years and it turns out, as we just found out in the New Zealand tribe area, barefooting is the norm and default there. People go to work, shop, and live in bare feet!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!
Free the FEEEET!!!
As an aside, last summer, my children and I were harrassed and told to leave Walmart because we weren't wearing shoes. They even suggested we buy some of their shoes to wear, and proceeded to lecture me about the safety issues. Like the person who deliberately walks around barefooted is the one who is need of information, right? Anyway, we left after I asked to see their store policy about this and they said that it wasn't posted, but that there is one. I asked to talk to anyone about that, and they wouldn't tell me who to talk to- all blustery and rude. I was calm.
Anyway, I checked out the Walmart corporate site and didn't find anything whatsoever about wearing shoes in their stores, just about offensive attire. Boo to blustery, suddenly available, and numerous Walmart employees at the Walmart here. I'd spend the better part of day looking for one of them if I actually needed their assistance, but walk in barefoot, and *poof*- the whole staff!
Now when we keep a pair of sandals in the van for trips into town, and we carry our sandals, toss them on the mats outside the entrances and put them on as we enter, and kick them off as we leave.