Public restrooms – sometimes referred to as public bathrooms, toilets, washrooms, lavatories, or several other terms – are a necessary part of life unless you’re a person who never leaves your home.
If you live your life without shoes, as I do, it’s pretty inevitable that sooner or later someone somewhere is going to confront you in a public place and tell you you’re required to have on shoes in order to remain there. Continue reading “Barefoot confrontations can usually be successfully handled”
A rather disturbing trend in social media and internet web content has surfaced in the last several years where certain people out in public are being secretly photographed and “shamed” by their images being posted online for public ridicule. This is an insidious type of cyberbullying where the victims have little to no recourse. Continue reading “Hate sites promote shaming of barefoot airline passengers”
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.
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”