2021 Tik Tok Video Contest

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Barefoot is Legal is now on TikTok! To celebrate, we are running a new video contest. The winner will receive a one-year VIB package with all the benefits. Send your submissions to videos@barefootislegal.org and join our new channel![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Two bare feet

Why you should ditch your shoes and go barefoot

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This article from The Daily Clog gives several reasons why you should go barefoot. It's cozier indoors -Personally, it just doesn’t feel as if I’m really home until I’m barefoot. It's a freeing feeling -Whether it’s been a long day of class or walking from place to place, taking my...

People walking

Why walking barefoot might actually be good for you

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If your mom ever scolded you about walking around barefoot, it appears she was wrong. Researchers say walking without shoes is actually good for your feet. The experts say walking barefoot actually strengthens the feet, while cushioned shoes weaken them, and hurt your stability and balance. Of course, you should...

Barefoot Challenge

Barefoot is Legal Kicks Off its 5th Annual Barefoot Challenge

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the fifth year in a row, Barefoot is Legal is having its barefoot challenge. The challenge is to go barefoot into a business barefoot March 26-28, 2021. Read the entire press release here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Could a no-shoe policy help learning in the classroom?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For the past nine months, the message of hygiene and cleanliness has dominated schools, and yet not once has anyone looked down and thought about their feet. While we’ve scrubbed our hands and the surfaces they come into contact with relentlessly, our shoes – and the colony of germs locked...

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

How & When Did Bare Feet Become Taboo?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]David Kelman September 14, 2020 Thanks to the mask mandates of 2020, the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs received an update. Signs have changed. Now, many are saying “No Shoes, No Mask, No Service.” People are quoting that going barefoot is a LAW – just like not wearing...

A woman relaxing barefoot

The World After – Bare Feet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Global Cosmetic News wrote an article, "The World After - Bare Feet" looking at life after the pandemic. The Lockdown and a renewed interest in nature and more open air socialising, has resulted in a trend towards bare feet. Although bare feet seems like a ‘simple’ trend, or nothing new,...

Three sets of bare feet

Bare Feet 7 Reasons to Let Your Children Have Them

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the Momma's School, a blog gave 7 reasons children should be barefoot. Our feet used to be just fine walking bare. It’s a sensory experience and makes children happy to experience all the pleasure from that. Going with bare feet increases the body’s and foot’s strength. Going with bare...

Driving Footwear Confusion in Australia

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Australians were recently asked if they thought it was illegal to drive barefoot. A Victoria Police poll posted on Facebook has sparked debate over the correct footwear for driving. The poll asking members to vote on whether they thought driving while barefoot, wearing high heels or thongs was illegal. At...

A long shoe shelf

Silicon Valley’s Shoeless Trend

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New startups in Silicon Valley allow no-shoe office policies. Read more in this article by Business Insider. The tech world has become inextricably linked to a very specific work uniform: hoodie, t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. That informality has permeated the office environment as well, with startups in Silicon Valley garnering...

IGNORANT DEPUTY LEARNED ABOUT GOING BAREFOOT

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Houston, 2005 - I went into a local Best Buy store to purchase the newest version of some accounting software and was barefoot. As I came through the front door, the manager smiled and greeted me and we exchanged pleasantries. I proceeded to the software aisle, knelt down where I...

Hot Dogs Challenge July 3-5 2020

Hot Dog Challenge

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Garage Article About BIL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Is Going Barefoot the New 'It Shoe'?" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fgarage.vice.com%2Fen_us%2Farticle%2Fmb8g9n%2Fbarefoot-trend||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] On a sunny spring morning a week or so ago, I was waiting for the B69 bus in Prospect Heights—a neighborhood where the status clog rules—when my eyes were suddenly drawn to a pair of flexing, bare feet. I blinked,...

Michigan 25 News Article About BIL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="ASK A TROOPER: Is driving barefoot illegal?" font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fnbc25news.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2Fask-a-trooper-is-driving-barefoot-illegal||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] by Madeline Ciak Saturday, June 16th 2018 A meme has called attention to whether or not it is legal to drive barefoot, so we asked a MSP trooper. (WEYI) We’re sure you’ve seen the meme floating around on social media...

Mel Magazine Article about BIL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="Inside the ‘Barefoot Is Legal’ Movement" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fmelmagazine.com%2Fen-us%2Fstory%2Finside-the-barefoot-is-legal-movement||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] The Facebook group that’s dedicated to spreading the gospel that no shoes is no crime In 1992, Dave Kelman was 20 years old and working a food service job at a hotel in Las Vegas. He wore Doc Martens boots, then a slip-resistant...

Philly Voice Article on BIL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="They're fighting for your right to go barefoot – wherever, whenever " font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.phillyvoice.com%2Ftheyre-fighting-your-right-go-wherever-you-want-barefoot%2F||target:%20_blank|"][vc_column_text] The 'Barefoot Is Legal' advocacy group has an unusual social-media challenge set for this weekend By Brian Hickey PhillyVoice Staff   Freedom Feet Courtesy/Nick Deutschmann of Barefoot Is Legal The non-profit group Barefoot Is Legal...

BuzzFeed Article About BIL

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="A Growing Facebook Group Advocates For People Being Barefoot In Public. Here's All You Need To Know About Them." font_container="tag:h2|text_align:center" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeednews.com%2Farticle%2Ftanyachen%2Ffacebook-group-for-barefoot-rights|||"][vc_column_text]"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.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text="A...

Job Posting: Instagram Manager

Job Posting - 11/06/2018 Instagram Manager Requirements: Have an excellent understanding of how Instagram works, and how to make it work for our organization. Able to commit to regular posts on Instagram to help us grow. Trustworthy with data & personal information. Have regular access to a cell phone or...

No Shoe More Service

Article submitted by Nexia Monae. “Put your shoes on before you go outside.” “Where are your shoes?” “Going outside without shoes is disgusting!” These phrases are just the base of commentary I’ve heard since I was just a child. You can use your imagination on the things I hear now [insert...

Barefoot Is Legal is featured on the Front Page of San Diego Coast News!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Barefoot Is Legal is Featured on the Front Page of The Coast News   ENCINITAS — Jackie Bruner slides off her flip flops behind the counter at Encinitas Boxing and Fitness. Being barefoot, she said, is her preferred mode of existence. Bruner said she prefers being without shoes when...

Online health guru Dr. Axe gives more good advice on Plantar Fasciitis

Re: 5 Plantar Fasciitis Natural Remedies + 5 Key Stretches "Roughly 10 percent of the adult population suffers from the type of heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. (1) Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick fascia tissues of the heels. It’s a common running injury and usually...

Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Essential Oils

Plantar Fasciitis is a serious foot pain condition that afflicts some people, barefoot or not.  We've found some good advice: Re: Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Essential Oils "Dealing with chronic heel pain from Plantar Fasciitis isn’t easy. And some of the treatments Google may have offered you don’t look like...

I Did it Barefoot Challenge

February 4, 2017 Las Vegas, NV – Barefoot Is Legal has announced the #IDidItBarefootChallenge. This challenge takes place Friday, March 24th though Sunday March 26th. The #IDidItBarefootChallenge empowers everyone to go into at least one business barefoot during this 3 day weekend. Give yourself bonus points for sharing this on...

Tips for Effective Social Media Marketing

While spending time online, I see many glaring mistakes many people make when trying to peddle their products over the Internet. Most people are untested in the sales field, and have not learned the fine art of making a sale. In turn, their potential customer base will unsubscribe and unfriend...

2017 BIL Goals

For this coming year, Barefoot is Legal has the following goals. We would love to have you come aboard and make them happen. 25,000 members on Facebook by Dec 31 2017 500 people donating in the year to causes At least 10 Outings where members do outreach (flea markets, farmers...

How to Live with Silly Shoe Dress Codes

Most of us living in a cubicle farm, office, or other desk job have had dress code issues to deal with. While some are simple rules, many others can be nit-picky and treat the clothing choices and the number ONE reason why you come to work! The Number ONE dress...

Work Dress Codes: What We Want as Adults

[caption id="attachment_423" align="alignright" width="289"] Sample Workplace Footwear Rules[/caption] In many call centers and offices, the dress code has become the most talked about and over-regulated part of the company.  With that, the biggest dress code rule that gets more people send home/suspended/FIRED is? SHOES! Some companies allow backless but not...

Tips for First Time Barefooting

Most children in the United States have grown up to believe that not having shoes on past the confines of the front door is illegal. Parents, teachers, and everyone else always yells at the kids to “have your shoes on at all times.” [caption id="attachment_412" align="alignright" width="239"] Barefoot Shopping, easier...

The Office where Shoes are Banned

If you land a job at Gusto, a $1 billion company that provides payroll, benefits, and workers' comp insurance to small businesses in the US, you may want to get a pedicure before your first day — or at least invest in a few new pairs of nice socks. Joshua Reeves, the cofounder...

‘It is what makes me happy’: Lethbridge pair lives the barefoot life

WATCH ABOVE: It's uncommon to see people walking the streets barefoot but for Lilian Blackmore and Sierra Codizal, it's the only way they leave the house. Global’s Sarah Komadina reports. LETHBRIDGE – It’s uncommon to see people walking the streets barefoot but for 39-year-old Lilian Blackmore and 25-year-old Sierra Codizal,...

Yorkshire’s first barefoot walking club aimed at curing stresses of Leeds city life

[caption id="attachment_451" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Wild Goose founder Hayley Gillard walking barefoot around Otley Chevin. Picture by Tony Johnson.[/caption] Getting closer to nature is said to be a cure to the stresses and strains of modern life. Hayley Gillard, an ecotherapist who runs the Wild Goose social enterprise, is quite literally...

Why You Should let your Kids go Barefoot Outside

There's a kid running around the playground, laughing like the other kids, but the only difference is that he's barefoot. Are you this child's parent, beaming at him as he enjoys his day, or are you the parent of another child, with shoes securely tied? Regardless of where you stand,...

Cold Footing

Winter is not a great time for going barefoot. Cold temps make going outside unpleasant and without footwear could even be dangerous. However, it doesn't mean we have to go completely shod until warmer days return. During the colder months, we use tools to keep warm when outside. Coats, hats,...

Goals of Barefoot is Legal

Our 2016 Mission should first and foremost be about awareness. Most people have no clue there are ZERO laws about our lifestyle choice. Plus, it is very healthy to be barefoot in most common settings. With that said, our goals here should be as follows: 2500 members by end of...

Barefoot Halloween

With the arrival of October, stores are full of Halloween candy, and costumes. Parents are looking fir kid's costumes and possibly even their own. With all the dressing up to grab candy, make bare feet part of the outfit. Halloween is an occasion where you expect different attire of all...

Barefoot for All

A quick search on the internet will find several health benefits for going barefoot. Being able to walk correctly and proper foot development are just a few of the benefits of shedding shoes. However, what about people that are unable to walk and use a wheelchair to get around? Going...

Barefoot under the chair

Barefoot to School

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the end of August, most schools in the United States are back in session or will be soon. For many students, this means the days of barefoot summer are over and shoes are being forced upon them. However, this doesn't have to be the case. Most US schools require...

Late Summer

With August now upon us, it often means the end of summer is near and for many kids, back to school. However, that doesn't mean barefoot summer days must also end. State and county fairs are often still going on in late summer and these are great times to extend...

Free Summer Feet

It is mid June and summer is in full swing in the US. Kids are off from school, families are taking vacations, and spending time outdoors. With the warm weather, sandals and flip-flops are seen everywhere, but it’s a great time to go barefoot. With families spending time at home...

Active Feet

With outdoor activities in full swing in the US, this is a great opportunity to be barefoot outdoors and spread barefoot awareness. Sports Activities such as karate and swimming are normally done barefoot, but those aren't the only ones. Other sports like baseball, soccer, track, rugby, and more can all...

What is Grounding, or Earthing?

A recent health trend shows that connecting bare feet with the ground helps improve health and have several benefits. Taking a barefoot walk in nature not only increases sensory perception, but helps the entire body. Read more about this emerging study at What is "Grounding" or "Earthing"?

Successful Letter Writing Tips

For various reasons, businesses look at those who shop without shoes on as doing something wrong. Whether it is personal preference, “health codes” (which do not exist), “insurance reasons” (once again, insurance is not raised or lowered based on shoes). Usually, the case is that people are evicted from storefronts...

Season Change

Wherever you live, the seasonal change is beginning to occur. In the northern hemisphere, winter is coming to an end with spring just around the corner. For barefooters, that can mean a long winter of wearing footwear is coming to an end. In several parts of the world, you can...

Right to Bare Feet – At Work

Over the past couple decades, work dress codes have relaxed in Corporate America. Most employees are no longer required to wear suits and ties for non-customer facing jobs. Many jobs have eased the slacks requirement for jeans. Offices for the most part have let nylons go the way of the...

Spreading Barefoot Awareness

We are making a new web site to help spread awareness of barefooting. Not only is going barefoot healthier for kids and adults, it's also legal. By promoting barefooting, we hope more people will enjoy better health and enjoy a better experience of the ground beneath them. Look around as...

UCF students bare all below the Ankle

In central Florida, students, and a professor, are discovering the joy of going barefoot. One junior creative writing major says going barefoot makes him feel more connected to the earth around him. Professor of philosophy Mason Cash regularly went barefoot as a child in New Zealand and continues to do...

Children study Barefoot at Primary School in UK

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Primary school children have been told to wear only socks for lessons after shoes were banned in an attempt to improve children's results. Holmbush Primary School in Shoreham, West Sussex, declared that children should study barefoot after the school's 'Learning Council', made up of Year Six pupils, found that...