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June 02, 2006

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Right on, brother! Most maladies of the foot are directly related to shoes, and you aren't likely to pass anything of consequence to your fellow gym rats from your feet via a hardwood floor. Americans are, in general, germophobes, and our collective shoe-fetish is directly related to that.

I love walking outdoors in my bare feet, usually across the back lawn over to the strawberry patch through the morning dew...

Stand your ground, man. Stand your ground.

My Dad was a shoe person. I think he spitshined his jammy footies as a boy. Mom's a barefooter. My favorite picture of her includes them.

I'm with Mom. I only wear shoes when compelled to, mostly at work. Feet keep me grounded, in touch with the earth.

Just ignore the instruction unless the one who gave it is near. Feets gotsta be free!

Gosh, it's been many years since I took Wu Ying Tao, a Northwest original martial arts philosophical cousin to Bruce Lee's Jeet Koon Do. It was all bare foot but I don't remember the reasons given for it at the time. This was back in the early 80's after all. What I do remember is that I had vastly better tactil feedback from bare feet than I would have had with shoes on. But, I also remember how fragile the bones across the top of the foot are and how wearing padding was a must for a track jock like I was waaaaaay back then.

I've been sorely tempted these last couple years to try Tai Chi. One of these days I'm just going to have to make the time and do it.

If somebody drops a weight on your foot, a shoe might help somewhat.

I'm sure it's a lawyer/insurance thing.

As I sit writing you, I am barefooted, my shoes left on a mat by the front door. Everyone who comes to our house removes their shoes without being asked. However, in Walnut Creek, we had to post a sign on our front door saying: "No shoes, please".

I like bare feet. I almost always have bare feet at home, and those times that I walk around in shoes it makes me feel dirty! "Oh no! I'm getting nasty stuff all over the floor!" And mind you, our floors are not exactly these beautiful, pristine, virgin floors. They're 70s wood-looking vynil and carpet. Gotta love it!

Peach on, brother! Now this is a cause I can kick off my Birkenstocks and get behind!

Seriously, what on earth must have crawled up the b bum of the person who complained. Goodness! I love being barefoot, it feels so free and sensuous compared to the imprisoned feel of shoes. That might be a bit melodramatic, but seriously, that's the way it feels!

I too am a member of the Society for Barefoot Living, and go barefoot everywhere. Even if they have a "No Bare Feet" sign I still go in, normally without a problem. There some very foot-phobic people out there, don't let them get you down. I'd rather get kicked out of a place than pay 50+ dollars for a pair of shoes that some deserving person in India, forced to work in a sweatshop, got paid 15 cents to make. I'll be barefoot forever, thanks.

Keep 'em bare and God bless -John

In Japan, bare feet are also discourteous. Japanese wear tabi socks.

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