A Growing Facebook Group Advocates For People Being Barefoot In Public. Here's All You Need To Know About Them.

“Barefoot Is Legal” is a growing community on social media hoping to destigmatize being barefoot everywhere. Its members have their facts and memes. And they’re ready to recruit.

A popular, closed Facebook group called "Barefoot Is Legal" has one mission and its members are so incredibly serious about it: "Advocacy for barefoot acceptance."

Posted on March 29, 2018, at 12:51 p.m. ET

A popular, closed Facebook group called “Barefoot Is Legal” has one mission and its members are so incredibly serious about it: “Advocacy for barefoot acceptance.”

The Facebook page, along with a website of the same name, hopes to promote barefooting” in all public domains. Yes, this includes spaces like offices, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, sidewalks — you name it.

“Our goal is to educate businesses, corporate America, and society that in many cases shoes are not necessary and can have negative effects on your health,” the group’s Minneapolis-based regional director, Nick Deutschmann, told BuzzFeed News.Members call it an activist organization, and one of their big points is that there are no direct laws in the US banning being barefoot. (There are some parameters — but we’ll get there.)This gave them their name, “Barefoot Is Legal.”

“I thought I was the only one that had an interest in living barefoot,” Deutschmann, 44, said when he was initially brought into the group. At the time, there were only a handful of passionate members.

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