A boy sitting barefoot on the grassIt’s not only the local pool where you’ll find barefooters, we’re everywhere! No matter if you haven’t worn footwear for years or are just starting to enjoy the benefits of barefooting, venturing outside your home can be a big step.

A barefoot boy crossing a beamIf you’re just getting familiar with barefooting and haven’t bared your toes in public, a park is a great place to start your journey. The different textures, from grass to playground equipment, give a new sensation to your feet. It may feel different at first, but you will soon learn to enjoy the added experience while out enjoying nature. While your feet get used to feeling new textures, you should be cautious with hot asphalt in the summer and wood chips.


Inside venues increase the experience outside the home. From cool concrete and tile floors to more surfaces. Some businesses don’t allow us, while others do. Here are some places where people have had no problems shopping barefoot.

At the mall with a baby

Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, Canada

Hodad's sign

Hodads, in San Diego, California, says, “No shoes, no problem!” It even says so on their website!

Mirror reflection at Wal-mart

Nick barefoot at Walmart in Shakopee, MN

Free feet at Holiday

Nick barefoot at Holiday, a convenience store/gas station chain in Minnesota. Nick emailed corporate and received a response indicating that barefoot customers are welcome. The corporate email said, “I do not want to advertise that barefoot is accepted, but I will contact the managers in your area and explain that there is no policy against shopping barefoot, which should allow you to shop our stores without confrontation.”

Steve said:

Score!!!!! I just got a call from the regional VP of Trader Joe’s (serving New York and Connecticut). He apologized for my bad experience. [Steve had previously been asked to leave while shopping barefoot in Trader Joe’s.] He said that Trader Joe’s does not have a shoe policy. They are not a policy driven company he said. He said their only concern is toes getting hit by carts or stepped on or what not. He acknowledged it as a choice and he will educate the store managers in the matter. He also asked if there were any other stores I knew of because this was the first time he had ever heard of a barefoot issue. I asked for something in writing and he said he would look into it. So I am officially “allowed” to go into Trader Joe’s barefoot in New York and Connecticut.

In some countries, going barefoot is a normal way of life. Just like someone wearing short sleeves without gloves, shorts and bare feet are common. This scene at a supermarket in New Zealand is a typical day with barefoot adults and children.

Adults and kids barefoot at checkout

Much of Belize is very barefoot friendly, as this article describes.


From Corey Scott:
I contacted The Crab Shack on Tybee Island GA. They may be considered a “Certified” barefoot friendly business! See conversation below. Quick question. I am a member of the SBL https://www.facebook.com/groups/societyforbarefootliving/ We are gathering a list of barefoot friendly businesses, for a new website. This would drive members to eat at your restaurant as we simply enjoy going barefoot without the usual hassles.

You state you are “where the elite eat in their bare feet.” I would just like to know is this true are barefoot patrons welcome, or is that just a marketing statement?

Hi Corey, “Where The Elite Eat In their Barefeet” is both a marketing and a literal statement…footwear is optional at The Original Crab Shack on Tybee Island! We hope you are able to come visit if you ever visit Savannah and Tybee Island. Stephanie The Crab Shack Crew
New College of Florida – campus and much of the town is very barefoot friendly!
For more places to kick off your shoes, see this list.