Going places barefoot

United States
May 22, 2009 11:40am CST
Over the past few years I've noticed how sandals and flip flops got popular, especial with the younger crowd (I would say late teens early 20's). Now since the weather has gotten warmer I'm seeing quite a few people in that age group going around barefoot and wearing long baggie jeans or cargo pants that mostly hides their bare feet. Like this morning I was at a local mall and saw a couple groups walking around barefoot. One guy had the laces of his shoes tied together and was carrying them over his shoulder, some others had a pair of flips in the back packet. The rest didn't have any in sight. People working at the mall didn't give them any grief about it, probably because the mall is on it's last leg and their aren't many stores left and they just want any traffic they can get. So is this a new trend that anyone else is seeing? Maybe this is the new version of piercings and tattoos kids got into to rebel. I have to admit, maybe I'm just part hippy or hillbilly, but I was tempted to try it myself but didn't. Not paranoid about germs or stuff, I would just feel naked being barefoot in public.
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11 responses
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
25 May 09
Im not comfortable if not wearing any slippers or sandals. I can only barefoot to the beach, swimming pool, or inside the house. But in walking anywhere it so hard to imagine the heat and the sharp stones onthe way. I cant handle it gently so whatever feet support I will wear.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
25 May 09
When I was young, it was nothing for me to go barefoot even in stores, but now that I'm older, I wouldn't think of going barefoot in public places. I still go barefoot at home and in my neighborhood. My feet feel more refreshed when they're not jammed into shoes. I've always thought that people who wear shoes have stinkier feet than those of us who don't.
• United States
23 May 09
I'm always barefoot at home or in my yard, or when I go to check the mail. I've even done short hikes barefoot before, especially the ones along creeks with a lot of river rocks. I'm just more comfortable without shoes. I'm still not up for walking in stores barefoot, but most of my shoes are very thin-soled so it doesn't make much difference. I've also read that being barefoot is better for your feet, because when you wear shoes your feet can't flex and bend how they're supposed to. Also barefoot you walk with lighter steps which is better for your ankles and knees. There are even runners who run barefoot now.
@shegunx (33)
• Indonesia
23 May 09
going outside barefoot is ok it's a good to massage your foot but it is better not in mall.... you should try it at stony places..... try it good luck
@Rainegurl (2158)
• Philippines
23 May 09
Hi, luckygirly I probably would not have the nerve to go around barefoot. I am paranoid about germs. And cuts But I would not object to anyone going around barefoot. I am always interested in seeing fashion statements and I admire people who can wear -- or not wear, as in this case -- whatever they want. Have a nice day!
@mhethess (380)
• Philippines
23 May 09
Hi luckygirly, I don't have a chance to see people walking around our place without wearing anything on their feet or barefoot, even beggars wear their rug shoes, maybe that will be the trend in your place. But for me If I saw them i will think that maybe they are trying to express something, or maybe they are not comfortable with their shoes maybe it is too small or big. Ha ha ha. Anyway for me I will not walk on the street without anything on my feet for safety reason. I don't want to step on a broken glass or nails or whatever. In everything we do whether it is about fashion we need to consider our own safety first. Thanks Can you be my friend?
• United States
23 May 09
I haven't seen a ton of kids doing it but maybe it was that there shoes were wet or something was going on - I don't know. But I know when I'm at work, I normally wear flip flops or flats and my boss actually lets me take my shoes off because we aren't allowed to sit and after standing 4-5 hours your feet start to hurt from wearing shoes and its nice to let them just relax and what not. As long as I stay behind the counter she is fine with it and then when I'm vacuuming when we close she doesn't care. No customers have ever complained about it but since we have sensors she did say that if any of the thumbtacks get stuck in our feet she isn't going to be liable for it. I've only had it happen once, but with sandals they can go pretty far in too, but it doesn't hurt, its just blood which a band aid will fix.
@CMTS_87 (1342)
• Philippines
23 May 09
Haha! Well everyone can do that if he/she likes to do so! But for me, I think I can't do that! I am still comfortable with my flip flops! I'm still comfortable with my Havaianas, Dupe and Ipanema! HEHE! Happy MyLotting!
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
22 May 09
I haven't seen it in my area and I would never be able to do it due to the germ issues how gross. However, I do love to walk barefoot on my rugs at home and on the beach. Economic times bad I still can't believe no one stops people from walking barefoot. What is this world coming to!
@Jenniferp (210)
• United States
22 May 09
Oh wow, being barefoot in a mall is against the law. I have not seen anyone do this. I loved being barefoot when I was a kid, even after stepping on nails and all sorts of stuff. As a parent, I never let my children go outside (and certainly not to a mall) barefoot. There are way too many dangers... If a dog started chasing my child outside, it would be hard to run; also there is a chance that there are mails left over from our deck being built. I think that being barefoot in the house is great! I cannot imagine how nasty the floor of a mall is, yuck! That is strange..
• India
22 May 09
oh i would never. even if my slipper tore , i would drag it with my foot in it. infact i am so worried about my slippers/hoes giving way in an unwanted place, that i always carry quick-fix glue in my purse. i have never used it -luckily, but i have been helpful to about a dozen of my friends who had shoe-episodes