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#751 of 784 Old 12-02-2011, 05:40 PM
 
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Man, its pretty tough incurring the wrath and judgement of all you mamas out there!

Just to let you know we remain very good friends with the elderly couple next door, my children happily go over there and play, they are the proper grandparents my children dont have, and I often go over to chat and socialise......

 

Just for the record once the dirt dried on the carpet it was easy to brush off without any problem, and we all laughed about it afterwards.

 

I am beginning to feel some of the social differences and levels of tolerance between our two nations is far greater than I first thought , maybe thats why you have a NSNSNS policy and we would never dream of having one - just a thought?

Pardon my ignorance, but what's a NSNSNS policy?

I'm sure, it must be difficult to adjust to a completely different culture! Thanks for explaining yourself though, it did seem like you didn't care in your first post;) Glad your kiddos have grandparent figures close!
 

 


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"no shirt, no shoes, no service"

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Hey, fellow barefooting mamas.... how about those "rope" sandals? How are the soles on them for a barefooter? I've been pretty much exclusively wearing SoftStars for a couple years now and my feet are soooooo happy with them! - but they don't have an actual sandal (though the merry janes are quite nice), so I was thinking of trying the rope ones.

Any reviews? Recommendations for a good brand?

Thanks!!

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I've never had experience with rope sandals. I would like to try them sometime.
 

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Hey, fellow barefooting mamas.... how about those "rope" sandals? How are the soles on them for a barefooter? I've been pretty much exclusively wearing SoftStars for a couple years now and my feet are soooooo happy with them! - but they don't have an actual sandal (though the merry janes are quite nice), so I was thinking of trying the rope ones.

Any reviews? Recommendations for a good brand?

Thanks!!

Luna sandals are what I wear, though they're not real rope sandals, they do have the vibram bottoms, much like softstars so you might like them. I got the do-it-yourself kit w/hemp laces and they're attractive, IMO. Sorry this is so late, end of summer, but maybe for next summer if you haven't found any? I also like rope ones but wonder how stiff they might be? Anyone out there try them? There was a specific brand I wanted but now don't remember the name, they're all made in some village by hand, but look like the bottom is so thick rope it might be too stiff after being used to almost no soles.

I'm finally splurging on my own pair of softstars this winter! Any recommendations on styles? Wondering how the moccossins hold up...


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Yes...well mostly. We wear shoes in public usually, but we buy soft star shoes which are "barefoot shoes." At home, in the yard, or on walks on the street, we are barefoot hillbillies without apologies. I strongly believe it is the best situation for the feet and body and...soul, dammit! :)

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Another tutorial to add to the list:  I found this how-to on making rain boots from fused plastic grocery bags.  They look fairly sturdy (16 layers of plastic with a layer of cheese cloth sandwiched between) and it would be nice for my wet, mucky Portland winter.  I'll ba happy to get my kids back into more flexible rain gear.  I'm thinking about making them a bit bigger than needed so I can wear thick wool socks with them.

 

http://louierigano.com/index.php?/work/rain-boots/


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Aaaaand, another tutorial on making wool slippers from felted sweaters.  Really good directions on drafting individually sized patterns.  It could be used to make a pattern for the above rain boots.

 

http://thrillinglythrifty.blogspot.com/2010/10/recycled-wool-sweater-slippers-tutorial.html


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I am allergic to wool and wonder if anyone else has that problem. Wool seems a highly recommended item for making a lot of things when trying to be all natural. It just would never work for me. Are there other materials that have the benefits of wool without being wool?


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I am allergic to wool and wonder if anyone else has that problem. Wool seems a highly recommended item for making a lot of things when trying to be all natural. It just would never work for me. Are there other materials that have the benefits of wool without being wool?

 

 

Hmm, that's a tough one.  Wool is so useful because it can be felted into a thicker fabric, and it's really good at insulating while wet.

 

I'm wondering if silk would be a good option for you.  From this website:

 

SILK

  • Elegant soft luster
  • Soft, smooth, not slipery
  • Strong, poor elasticity
  • Heat & cold insulating properties
  • High moisture regain
  • Poor conductivity of electricity
  • High shrinkage, needs pre-wash which cuts shrinkage from 8% to 4%

 

 

The only problem I see is silk is very absorbent, but wool is, too.  I think you would have to quilt several layers of silk together to make it sturdier and warmer.  But it would be easy to look for silk clothing at a thrift store and test it out.

 

Now I'm curious to try this.  Wouldn't that be so luxurious, silk shoes?


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I have always hated shoes and converted my husband after we got married smile.gif our DS is 7 months now and i dread the day he has to wear shoes!! So glad i found you all.
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This is a great thread! I haven't read through the whole thing yet, but wanted to comment anyway.

I've always run around barefoot. Now that I'm a SAHM I'm barefoot almost 24/7. My SO always wears shoes, even around the house. Last year, a barefooter walked in to the pizza place he works at. He was going to kick the man out, but the man told him about the NSNSNS being bs and how him being barefoot was not technically a health code violation, and told SO about barefooted.org. SO let him stay and we looked it up when he got home. SO thought it was funny, but I found it very interesting because I have always HATED shoes. My kids are usually barefoot as well. The two older ones wear shoes when we go places, but my almost ten month old just wears socks in public. My mom always criticizes me for having them barefoot in the house. She says running around barefoot is going to make them sick.

One more thing, I feel like my feet are almost flat or that my arches have fallen. Is that from wearing hard flat shoes? And is there any way to fix them?

Happy barefooting!!
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Yeah!! I love being barefoot and I LOVE my fivefingers. The hardest part about the winter for me is needing to wear boots. I get headaches from wearing them. I need my feet on the ground!!!
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Yeah!! I love being barefoot and I LOVE my fivefingers. The hardest part about the winter for me is needing to wear boots. I get headaches from wearing them. I need my feet on the ground!!!

 

Same here!  I would really love to find some good minimalistic winter shoes that didn't cost and arm and a leg.  I'm the the Pacific Northwest so I need something either waterproof or something that keeps me warm once wet.

 

Now that it's spring here I went and bought some $10 water shoes and I'm in love.  I don't think I'll be spending the money on Vibrams anymore.


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I am allergic to wool and wonder if anyone else has that problem. Wool seems a highly recommended item for making a lot of things when trying to be all natural. It just would never work for me. Are there other materials that have the benefits of wool without being wool?

 

I'm allergic to wool, but I get by okay. I like cotton. I've not had much in the way of linen or silk - it's a little pricey for me, usually.

 

 

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I have always hated shoes and converted my husband after we got married smile.gif our DS is 7 months now and i dread the day he has to wear shoes!! So glad i found you all.

 

My kids were barefoot until after they learned to walk, then they only wore shoes if they had to. In this area, the stickers can get pretty bad, plus the temperatures are in the triple digits from around May on through the summer. I'm more of a "barefoot when I can" person.

 

 

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This is a great thread! I haven't read through the whole thing yet, but wanted to comment anyway.

I've always run around barefoot. Now that I'm a SAHM I'm barefoot almost 24/7. My SO always wears shoes, even around the house. Last year, a barefooter walked in to the pizza place he works at. He was going to kick the man out, but the man told him about the NSNSNS being bs and how him being barefoot was not technically a health code violation, and told SO about barefooted.org. SO let him stay and we looked it up when he got home. SO thought it was funny, but I found it very interesting because I have always HATED shoes. My kids are usually barefoot as well. The two older ones wear shoes when we go places, but my almost ten month old just wears socks in public. My mom always criticizes me for having them barefoot in the house. She says running around barefoot is going to make them sick.

One more thing, I feel like my feet are almost flat or that my arches have fallen. Is that from wearing hard flat shoes? And is there any way to fix them?

Happy barefooting!!

 

 

I love that story.

 

I can assure you that running around barefoot will make children healthier (unless they are trained that it will make them sick, then their belief will make sure it happens). I never could understand why some people have issues with someone being barefoot inside their own house - but I suppose they have their reasons. Perhaps your mother will relax as time goes on.

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Yay looks like I "found my tribe"!  Haha!  I have been barefoot about 95% of the time since 2005!  

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We also got the natural coloured JC's! For the whole family (dd won't fit in hers for a while, we got them BIG for her )!

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Has anyone tried wearing actual leather ballet slippers ( with leather soles)? I want only a layer of leather between me and rocks, if possible, and these seem more affordable than moccasins and other options.
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Has anyone tried wearing actual leather ballet slippers ( with leather soles)? I want only a layer of leather between me and rocks, if possible, and these seem more affordable than moccasins and other options.

 

I've thought about this, but my feet are very wide.  I'm afraid that ballet slippers would be too narrow for me.


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Ah, yes. Me too. And that little sole is especially narrow. I guess I just need to learn how to make my own moccasins. I used to have some leather moccasin booties with a foam padding insole but only leather outer sole. They were nearly perfect, save for the string around the ankle that was a bit irritating.

I want these in my size:

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/10/diy-mo.html
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Those are adorable shoes. 

 

I want these for winter:

 

Felted Wool Booted with Plasti-Dip Soles

 

And I think I could do these in leather:

 

Moccasins


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Oh, those booties are great! I could probably wear those all winter... Well, we barely have winter in central TX, but still. So cute!
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So I'm trying an experiment.  The school the kids attend requires rain boots for wet weather.  Today I cut the sole from a shot pair of boots (no sense in ruining perfectly good ones) and glued a woolen "sole" around the inside edge.  I used a felted sweater and some heavy-duty adhesive.  Once that's dry I'm going to coat the bottom in several layers of plasti-dip.  It should make for a flexible yet waterproof boot. 

 

I'll let you guys know how it goes.


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Clever! Are the old boots rubber? What glue did you try for putting the wood sole on?
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They're old rubber boots because I didn't want to mess up a good pair if this didn't work.  I have some glue that's called Heavy Duty Welder Adhesive, it's some seriously strong stuff.  Stinks, but not as bad as E6000. 

 

I glued in the wool sole backwards, so it didn't fit as well as I wanted it to.  irked.gif  But since it's just an experiment it should be fine.  I'm temped to use some vinyl as the sole instead of wool, and then just make some woolen boot liners.

 

The glue is dry so next up is the Plasti-Dip!


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Hello barefooters! This thread has remained fairly active for over seven years which is fantastic! To give you some room to grow and space to create separate threads we've started a Group Forum for you. Please come join and say hello. Barefooters Group Forum :love 


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