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.”
Most people reading this article will still believe it is illegal to drive a car, go into a store, or eat in public barefoot. People by nature WANT to go barefoot but have been conditioned to need shoes at all times. Because of this, people buy the absolute cheapest, barest sandals possible.
With groups like Barefoot Is Legal and others becoming popular, the word is out that flip flops are no longer needed to make it into a grocery store, bank, or other common needs.
People WANT their freedom. However, because of the upbringing of being told it is illegal, it is hard for many to lose the comfort of a thin piece of rubber held on by a rubber band under their foot. People are naturally afraid of confrontation.
Here are some tips to help you gain confidence:
Unfortunately, one of the Shoe Police WILL eventually say something and take your grocery cart away. This is an opportunity to stand strong, find another grocery store to shop in, and make an email complaint on the Barefoot is Legal website. Keep your receipt. We will use it to make Corporate America know there are no laws, and you will find another place to spend your money should the store not want to allow your freedom.
Remember: A business needs customers a LOT more than a customer NEEDS a place to spend money.