This is a tale of stupidity and arrogance. It’s about the stupidity of a decision made by certain public officials. And it’s about the arrogance of those officials to refuse to reverse that decision in the face of facts, logic, and the concept of treating all people with dignity, respect, and inclusiveness. There’s no happy ending to this story. Not yet anyway. Continue reading “The N.C. Mountain State Fair refuses to remove its rude sign”
For many decades – over a century in fact – various businesses in America have discriminated against certain members of the public, usually by posting signs disallowing their entry. Continue reading “‘No bare feet’ signs are similar to the racist signs of the past”
Contacting a store or other business and asking in advance if they have a policy requiring shoes for customers is almost always a bad idea. Continue reading “Never ask in advance if it’s ‘OK’ to be barefoot”
Going barefoot at most state and county fairs is usually not a problem; though some, especially state fairs, do have “official” dress codes that include shoes being required. Whether that rule is actually enforced or not depends on which fair it is. Continue reading “You can be barefoot at most state and county fairs”
Doctor’s offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities generally are the least likely places to make an issue over someone coming in and remaining barefoot. I’ve come to this conclusion based on almost seventeen years personal experience, plus experiences recounted by other barefooters. Continue reading “Being barefoot in medical facilities is usually no problem”
Super glue can often easily close up problematic cracks in heels or other areas on the soles of feet. That usually gives instant relief from pain and allows the cracks to heal quicker than other methods or doing nothing.
One question that newer barefooters sometimes ask is if there is any danger of toxic substances and chemicals on streets or other places they may walk absorbing directly into their bloodstream through the soles of their feet.
The short answer is no, as that is highly unlikely to happen. Continue reading “Absorbing toxic substances while barefoot is highly unlikely”
“Earthing,” also known as “Grounding,” is a pseudoscientific belief that claims electrons continually flow back and forth between the earth and our bodies and cure or alleviate almost every disease or affliction known to man. It’s pretty much a lot of bunk.
When humans walk, whether barefoot or otherwise, an initial heel contact when stepping is the normal, natural gait. This is often referred to as walking with a heel strike, and is what the human foot is designed to do.
An initial heel contact (strike) does not mean a hard hit to the surface
The term “heel strike” is a little misleading, however, because it tends to Continue reading “Initial heel contact is the natural way to walk barefoot”
By traveling barefoot, I do not mean wearing shoes then taking them off later on the plane during an airline flight. This article is about being totally barefoot on an entire trip. Can this be done? Of course it can, and there are people, Continue reading “Traveling barefoot on airlines is usually not a problem”