I was introduced to the “Barefoot is Legal” world accidentally.  I just so happened to be working on another project at the time; a kratom awareness project.  I ended up calling in to Proof Negative on Freedomizer Radio.  After getting to know the host of the show, he invited me to take a look into the world of braving it barefoot.

With just a bit of research, the first thing I learned was that being barefoot doesn’t violate any health codes.  In fact, the only time it seems to be a problem is in a hazardous workplace.  According to Health Status, “…going barefoot is beneficial to the musculoskeletal structure of your feet and ankles…”.  After addressing the two main concerns about barefoot living (legality and health), I decided to see what would happen if I ventured into the barefoot movement.

I do have to say that I am not totally unfamiliar with going barefoot, I never wear shoes at home, indoors or outdoors.  I have walked the streets of Savannah on a late night or two with my heels in my hand and soles on the concrete.  I have even done Zumba barefoot.  For some reason, I was comfortable with those things.

I started at a friend’s house.  I decided to go in barefoot and see what they would say.  I admit I directly asked their opinion about it, and sure enough their opinions were varied.  My own friend took off his socks and shoes along with me, while one said, “Whatever floats your boat”, and the other thought it was disgusting.  Funny enough, their opinions didn’t seem to matter much to me because I was comfortable.

The next time I was brave enough was at a McDonald’s restaurant.  I was there with my kids and they were playing barefoot on the indoor play area.  I felt like it was a good opportunity to take off my shoes and give a walk around.  No one seemed to care about my lack of shoes, and it seemed as if they were more concerned about the video I was taking on my IPhone.  I was a bit nervous about what my relatives who were with me would think, but they pretty much know to leave me alone with my eccentricities.

The last place I went into was the post office this morning.  I had to mail a package to a friend, and I drove barefoot and entered the post office barefoot.  I had to wait in line and I got a few curious stares.  I went about my business and nothing was said to me.

Tonight at my sons’ football game, my daughter asked me if she could take off her shoes.  I would normally have hesitated, because for some reasons certain parents look down on children being barefoot.  I told my daughter to go for it, and she was having a blast running up and down the bleachers playing with her friends.

I have noticed certain celebrities getting criticized for being barefoot by the media, namely Britney Spears.  I have to say that after experiencing the lifestyle a bit more I am intrigued to enter more and more businesses barefoot.  I’m the type of person who likes to stir things up a bit, and I don’t take well to people imposing their preferences on me if I am not breaking the law.  For now, I am taking baby steps, but I look forward to my continued progression while braving it barefoot.


7 thoughts on “Braving It Barefoot

  1. Alicia Owen. says:

    Hi, I am in barefoot is legal and buckeye barefooters :) I too have recently been venturing into establishments barefoot “though I am always barefoot by nature” and it was an empowering feeling to know the truth about there not being laws and that it is my right to do so. My children all prefer to be barefoot too and take their shoes off before we even leave the school. I also enjoy educating people about this.

    1. Yes, being barefoot has definitely opened my eyes about our society’s definition of “laws”. Amazing how many assume because one thing is the social “norm” it is the law.

  2. Great article Monica. Congratulations. I will share your article

    1. Thank you so much. It is very liberating to be part of this movement.

  3. Melanie Grace says:

    Great article. At first I thought eeeww. I like being barefoot at the park or on a hike or of course at the end of the night when you cannot stand the heels a moment longer but going to the store makes me crawly. But I am willing to try a little more.

    1. That’s wonderful!! Connecting our bodies to the Earth is so important and great for our health!

  4. Good for you for making a lifestyle change for the better! I’m becoming slowly more intolerant of shoes as I age, and I agree with Melanie that the store is a bit much for the time being, but I’m already occasionally walking on the streets of my city and so far I’m not running into any problems, and I feel a lot more comfortable. I intend to try barefoot running next!

    It’s amazing how much stigma there is about going barefoot in most situations. The college-age daughter of a dear friend of mine was recently killed in a tragic accident a few years ago, and my friend intended to bury her barefoot wearing her favorite dress. She was never comfortable wearing shoes or socks and I have many memories of her sitting on the couch reading and flexing her toes on the cushions. The funeral directors tried to push my grieving friend to buy some kind of weird slippers and then called twice asking for shoes and hose. Apparently it’s always undignified and gross to go barefoot, even for a deceased teenage girl in a $2000 dollar silk lined casket! It still makes me angry how they were treated just because she wanted to do right by her daughter.

    We should all learn to be more tolerant about the ways that different people find they are at their best and healthiest. Thanks for this article!

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