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I'm still barefooting strong through the chilliness too It's fun and my feet get really warm after walking a ways. We still have no shoes for dd, but nobody has yet commented about her bare feet and she still doesn't walk outside all that much except in our backyard where nobody can see her My mom's going to order her some Soft Stars soon. She's not even 11 months old, but is going to need the 2-3 year size... big feet run on both sides of the family (not my mom's side, but on my dad's side and I think on both sides of dh's family) so it's not too surprising. I wonder also if her feet are growing more quickly because they aren't cooped up in shoes : of course there's no way of telling that...

Man, I am so tired right now and dh won't be home for another hour and twenty minutes or so I miss him when he's gone... there's nobody to go barefoot walking with me when he's not here!

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We're all barefoot today. But I'm wanting some socks right now.

I'm about to order dd's 2nd pair of Isabooties for the winter, and a very good friend of mine is making another pair of soft shoes.

I wish I could find a pair for me Of course I really want a pair of Birkies

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I love to be barefoot too. I'm always barefoot at home and outside. When I go walking I am usually barefoot. My middle child kicks off her shoes as much as I do. In addition to dirt and grass, I love the feeling of a crosswalk under my feet. They are so smooth. Sneaker season is pretty much here and I hate it.

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I'm a barefoot person. Grew up in a family that finds shoes unnecessary. We were always barefoot, even in New Mexico with all the cactuses. It's funny how strangers would always comment at us. Plus we got kicked out of many stores (still don't see how feet get any more dirty than shoes are). We had the blackest, toughest feet around. It's amazing how they get used to it and pretty soon you really almost never need shoes. I've been in WA for about a year now and have been wearing shoes more than I ever did before in my life. The other day I was barefoot in the yard and noticed that the pebbles were hurting my feet. I would have never noticed that before. WA is making me a wimp. I miss my barefoot days.

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I'm barefoot at work now too. I'm an IHSS caregiver. The first day after I realized didn't have to wear shoes on my bicycle, I was hoping I could get away with waiting a bit to put my flip-flops on and while I was repositioning my client, she said, "It's nice to see you're feeling so comfortable here now."

"Huh?"

"I see you're comfortable enough to take your shoes off. I'm glad."

It turns out that before the accident, she was a barefooter herself, even though she did wear shoes outdoors in public.

Wow, I never knew how many of us there were before I clicked on this thread.

I am so not looking forward to cleaning up all the dirt and mud my mother is going to track into my house on her street shoes when she visits for a week next Thanksgiving. I keep trying to think of tactful ways to ask her to remove them or even just to ask her to bring some slippers to wear in the house when she comes, but since she is so opposed to my barefooting I'm sure it would turn into a major power struggle if I even bring it up as an "I wish" or "I would prefer" or "would you mind doing me a favor".

< sigh >

Melaya, I've noticed the same thing about wimpy feet; when I first started walking barefoot around town, I burned some enormous blisters on my soles on the hot pavement just walking to the bank and back and couldn't get around without my bicycle for several days. Now it's no big deal to walk downtown and back even two or three times in the same day.

I always went barefoot as a child, so it surprised me how fragile the skin was at first but it was so worth it to build it back up again. I hope I can make it all the way through the winter, but I'll just have to see how things go.

Trmpetplaya, I have big feet too, so it's really hard to find shoes that fit at the thrift stores, but a friend did give me a reasonably comfortable pair of her dh's old sandals that he didn't want any more and I picked up a spare pair of flip flops in case these break before the stores start carrying them again.
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Trmpetplaya, I have big feet too, so it's really hard to find shoes that fit at the thrift stores, but a friend did give me a reasonably comfortable pair of her dh's old sandals that he didn't want any more and I picked up a spare pair of flip flops in case these break before the stores start carrying them again.
My shoe size is only 7.5, but they are very wide. My mil says that's because I never wore shoes as a kid (that just drives her bananas). Is it true that being bare foot makes your feet fat? Sorry if you guys covered that already at some point in the thread.

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Melaya, I wonder that too. The summers between 5th ant 6th grade I never once put a shoe on my foot. Then suddnly the morning of "meet and greet" NONE of my shoes fit! I'd gone up nearly 3 sizes!! My mother had to take me to the store before the meeting because there wasn't a single shoe in the house that fit my feet! Not even the flip flops were comfortable!


I also remember having very tough feet when I was living on Hilton Head (moved at 8 ) I could walk from the car to the beach over the rocks, oyster shells and other hard objects. I would find them painful now because I haven't truly barefooted outside in so long. When I returned back for a visit at 13, I couldn't take it! It hurt too much to walk all the way to the beach, I went back to the car for my sneakers.

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I just want to share by beautiful walk with ds today...

Its lightly raining but we decided to head out to the library anyway (only 3 long blocks). He stomped through leaves, smelled some flowers, pulled at some berries and just enjoyed the movement of his own body. He had asked for his shoes before we left but on the way home, he sat down on the wet sidewalk to take them off. He walked in his socks for a while then decided to go barefoot for the remainder of the walk. It was so beautiful watching him settle on being barefoot even though it is getting quite chilly in the autumn rain.

I had a very peaceful day and had one of those "I'm doing a pretty good job as a mama" feelings that was sustained. It is of primary importance that my kids be able to EXPLORE and EXPERIENCE their world fully. Obviously I get a lot of not-so-positive feedback from people that feel I am an irresponsible mother. BUt I don't care. Today I am so glad I am the type of person to let my child feel leaves and wet grass between his toes and not worry if he's going to get sick blah blah blah. I trust him enough to ASK for shoes if its too cold!!!

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I don't go barefoot now as much as I used to. My children do most of the time, but they are also naked most of the time, too!

Last summer, when I was pg, I figured out why we have the expression, bare foot and pregnant. I think it is because pg women's feet are so swollen in the summer they couldn't wear shoes if they wanted to!
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so do any of you get negative comments about your barefooted kids?

The other day we were crossing the street and someone looked down at ds' bare feet and said "oh, he doesn't have any shoes on." and I snapped back "neither do I!!!"

I really didn't mean to be so snarky but I had just finished an argument with dh about ds' shoelessness. He subscribes to the thinking of cold feet will get you sick. I was getting really ticked and 2 seconds later these people made the observation and I shot back. I don't know if they were being specifically critical but I've certainly received MY share of criticism!

Sorry people wherever you are--and to you who are truly critical,

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My shoe size is only 7.5, but they are very wide. My mil says that's because I never wore shoes as a kid (that just drives her bananas). Is it true that being bare foot makes your feet fat? Sorry if you guys covered that already at some point in the thread.
Not "fat," but normal. Shoes disfigure feet so it would stand to reason that a foot that was unshod often wouldn't fit as well into a shoe that was made for a disfigured foot. Here is part of a book with illustrations of what a normal foot looks like compared to a foot that was disfigured by wearing shoes:

http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/swc1.htm

Negative comments about dd... nope. But she has not walked around with us around town yet since she's not THAT good at walking yet... She walks around church with no comments from anyone though. She has never worn shoes... but that'll most likely change in the next month or so. Not that she'll be wearing them regularly... but when it gets colder and she's walking more (now she's content in the sling) in public then she'll use shoes.

The thing about shoes is that they are a tool. Just because gloves are handy and useful in some situations doesn't mean that we should wear them all the time or even just all the time we're in public. Same thing with shoes

Dh and I don't get negative comments about our barefootedness either. We get questions and honest concerns about our feet being too cold or the pavement too hot. We answer and give them information and usually people come away from talking to us and think that being barefoot is pretty cool. One of Dh's bosses (he works for several companies and has his own business as well) is uncomfortable with us being barefoot, but he won't come right out and say it. He will ask dh things like "how attached are you to going barefoot?" and "hypothetically speaking, if you were working as a baker, wouldn't people think that it was unhygienic if you were seen walking around town barefoot?" And dh responded that since he doesn't bake with his feet and since regulations would require shoes while baking for SAFETY reasons, it couldn't possibly be an issue. And Dh works with computers, not with food, anyhow...

One thing that I have heard from other barefooters is that if you're barefoot then there should be no problems about your children being barefoot. I was a bit concerned about CPS at first, but it makes sense that if we're barefoot and the child doesn't want to wear shoes then there should be no trouble.

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The thing about shoes is that they are a tool. Just because gloves are handy and useful in some situations doesn't mean that we should wear them all the time or even just all the time we're in public. Same thing with shoes
OH I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!

I am going to use this as my comeback, if you don't mind.

Thanks trmpet!

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One thing that I have heard from other barefooters is that if you're barefoot then there should be no problems about your children being barefoot. I was a bit concerned about CPS at first, but it makes sense that if we're barefoot and the child doesn't want to wear shoes then there should be no trouble.
I really make sure to do this too! thanks again for the reminder.

(now if I can only figure out how to respond to two quotes at once...)

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LOL this is so my children and I.We hate shoes.We would rather be barefoot all the time.Even when it rains I wear sandles.Just feels so good and soo natural.
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We need a new barefooter thread! Or just to get this one going again!

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I'm with ya spiderdust! I miss my barefoot mamas! Still going barefoot here, though it's starting to get a little painful in NH! We don't have any snow, but the ground is getting cold. I guess it's time to switch to sandals and socks!
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I'm still here and going strong in Northern CA. I get off work at midnight and either ride my bike home barefoot or walk. We've had a few nights of below-freezing temperatures, but I can deal. It rains a lot here and I'm noticing that I'm MUCH more comfortable in my bare feet than I was last year in my leaky, worn-out old Doc Martens, which let my socks become thoroughly saturated with the cold water which just stayed there and kept my feet chilled.

I get a lot more strange looks and rude comments than I did in the summer, but I'm getting used to it now.

I'm actually hoping to make it through the winter so I don't have to worry about building up my callouses again in the spring. I do okay with my feet for serious walking, sandals for inside the store, and a pair of extremely uncomfortable but inexpensive closed-toed shoes for working at the food bank. The shoes aren't causing blisters as long as I don't put them on until I need them and then take them right off again.

Before I found this thread, I was so afraid of not being able to afford shoes or adequate walking shoes.
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We need a new barefooter thread! Or just to get this one going again!
Oh, I say keep this one going!
Hi, I am new here, I just signed up last night.
I am a second generation barefooter.
I look forward to getting to know other forward thinking shoeless folks.
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I'm not a dedicated barefooter like some of you all, but we are definitely a no shoes in the house family. We take them off at other people's homes as well. But like a few of the posters way back I like my "pretty" shoes for going out.
Anyhow, I'm posting because here a lot of people have signs on their doors that say something like "this is an American home run Japanese style please take off your shoes and stay a while". I'd think that something like that on your door may help when people are stand off-ish about taking them off in your house.
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I don't post on here much, but I am nearly always barefoot. I could never make it a house standard though, as my husband hates being barefoot. When I go out, the most I wear is a pair of sandals. Even in the winter. So when people see me in sandals in 20 degree weather, they think I am nuts! But really, my feet are fine, my fingers get cold, but my feet (unless it is knee deep in snow) are perfectly fine.

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The only times I wear shoes are when I have to go in stores and I too wear rainbow flip flops (I've had them for 3 years now, love them!)
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Reviving this to ask for some advice.

I've been a casual barefooter for as long as I can remember (meaning I take my shoes off at home and around the yard, but always wear them otherwise). I've also always been a day hiker, but planning on doing the AT someday. Now, as I've mentioned a time or two here at MDC, the time has come. And I want to do it barefoot. My feet are very oddly shaped and sized, so any pair of hiking shoes I find tears me up the first few weeks, and at random times thereafter. I really think it will be easier and healthier to do it barefoot (I'll be bring along a pair of mocs just in case).

So, I could use some advice on conditioning my feet in the first few weeks. I'm going barefoot as much as possible right now, but there's snow on the ground, so that's not much. I took my kitty to the vet barefoot last week and they made me put my shoes on. Well, they asked, and I put them right on (guess I need to get pushier about it).

I'm planning to bring a tube of A&D ointment, which I will apply every night after washing my feet. I know the proper way to walk barefoot (rolling ball to heel) but I think it will take a while until I can do it without thinking about it.

Is there anything else I should consider before trying this? Any other advice?
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my friend who lived barefoot in india for many years says "never under estimate the power of tree sap."

and by this he means, if you find sticky on a tree, it's a great thing to stick in the cracks of the callouses when they break. then, your feet become shoes.

otherwise, walk on rocks.
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Hi Just popping to say Hi and I too love to go barefoot, always have. Growing up in the warmer months my mom gave us sandals or flipflops and those were only when we HAD to wear them. My kids are being raised the same way. Only bad thing is I moved from SE Virginia to Michigan so shoes in winter (outside) are neccissary(sp?)

We are a sock family though, too cold not to have something on the tootsies during the colder months.
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I'm barefoot!

Except I live in the north, in the winter, so I do wear some shoes then. Otherwise.....
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I would love to barefoot, but since I work outside the home, it isn't possible. : That and I live in Colorado (this winter has been cold with a lot of snow). Someday, I dream of staying at home and barefooting it all the time. Now as soon as I get home from work, the shoes and bra go off!
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I'm lucky enough to be able to go barefoot at work, but the downside is that being a caregiver for disabled people is a low-pay, low-prestige job.

Well here it is March 5, so I guess I made it all the way through my first winter as a barefooter. I do wear flip-flops in stores or anywhere I'm likely to be hassled, but I don't put up with people who "just don't like it" or are embarassed to be seem with me because it reminds them of poverty and they think of me as "low-class" rather than "Voluntary Simplicity".

I live inj Northern CA, and yes, it does get below freezing here. I'm also fortunate enough to have a bicycle with smooth pedals that don't hurt my feet, and tend to ride the bike on cold nights, although I have felt the delicious crunch of frost and a light layer of snow under my bare feet.

Sometimes the cold does feel more like pain than discomfort and sometimes my toes are numb by the time I get home from work, but it hasn't been anything I can't handle. Since I get paid minimum wage, it would cost me at least ten hours of my life to buy a pair of comfortable, well-made shoes, and it just doesn't seem worth it to me.

The longer I do this, the more I come to appreciate the tactile stimulation and to feel sorry for people who are blindfolded by shoes and missing out on a simple pleasure of daily life.

Thanks for the thread and the support, Trumpetplaya; my teenaged children and some of my IRL acquaintances may think I'm a little weird and embarassing, but I feel like myself again and can't ever see any need to go back to daily automatic shoe wearing.

I'm looking forward to this thread becoming more active as the weather warms up.
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Last winter I spent Feb-April in Florida and only wore flip-flops when necessary and aside from that no shoes, and then when I came back up to CT, I didnt wear anything but bare feet and flip-flops until late Oct when it just got too cold. I am looking forward to it warming up so I can go back to bare feet. I take my shoes off the second I walk in the door at my house, and basically anyone elses house as well.

Is there such thing as a seasonal barefooter?

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Hello - sorry for not being around! I was out of town for longer than expected and we're getting organized, purging the house, and getting ready to move soon so... it's been a little hectic...

Gatherer - Start slowly and don't expect too much too soon is my advice Try to take a short barefoot walk outside everyday and slowly work up to what you can handle. Wait until the snow is gone too - I know several snow-footers, but they have been barefooting for at least a year if not several years before they try it Some folks I know of get a box and put pea gravel (the small smooth stones) in it and walk in place for 15 or so minutes a day to build up their feet during the winter if they can't handle the snow outside.

And you can absolutely be a seasonal barefooter! Barefooting isn't an all or nothing lifestyle choice at all. It's about having the freedom to do what you are comfortable with as often as you can. If you're comfortable going everywhere in public barefoot then do so! If you're only comfortable barefoot in outdoor public places then bring flips or sandals along to wear in stores! It's all about your comfort and health and if it's too stressful to be in certain situations barefoot then you always have the freedom to put on footwear. And having the barefooter mindset (and being armed with knowledge) gives you the freedom to take off your footwear whenever you feel comfortable doing so as well

I inadvertantly snow-footed the other day because it was definitely above freezing (I can tell by how the ground feels) and so I didn't bring my shoes to Costco - my friend who took me knows all about my barefooting and is totally cool with it and I've gone to Costco barefoot before with no problems. When we came out of the store it was snowing and hailing! The ground was warm, but the hail stuck and so the snow was sticking on the hail. It was fine as long as I kept moving. If I stopped then it got WAY too cold for me. And I got a rude awakening when I stepped on what I thought was hail and it turned out to be de-icer which burned my feet something terrible :

Anyhow, it's great to see some new barefooters here!!!

love and peace.

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