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Old 10-23-2005, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Although I joined this forum some time ago, this is my first post. I've been a dedicated barefooter for 4 years now and my only regret is that I didn't start sooner. :-) Many of you may know me from my yahoo group dedicated to the barefoot lifestyle.

I just noticed a recent discussion about places some of you have been barefoot, and I thought it would be fun to start a separate thread where people share their list of barefoot-friendly places.

I realize that there is some regional variation when it comes to barefoot acceptance, so I will caveat my list with the fact that I live in Texas. However, I've also done quite a bit of barefooting in Michigan and the states in between (lots of road trips to visit family). Here it goes:

Melissa's List of Barefoot Friendly Places:

1. Blockbuster - This is the first place I ever entered barefoot, and it remains the friendliest. The staff at my local store know me as the "barefoot lady" because I'm in there at least twice a week and never have shoes regardless of the weather. I have also visited several stores in Michigan without any problems.

2. Target - I visit this store all the time and never have any problems. I've talked to managers and clerks on several occasions with feet in full view and have never received a negative comment. Most other barefooters I've chatted with have had the same experience.

3. Any convenience store or gas station in the Southern U.S. - I've literally been in hundreds over the years and have never had a problem. I have received the occasional warning from clerks about glass in the parking lot or dirty floors, but once I assure them that it doesn't matter to me...it has yet to matter to them. :-)

4. Albertsons - This is my local grocery store. Unlike some others on this list, mine is very barefoot friendly and I'm in there all the time.

5. Petsmart - Since they let dogs enter the store without shoes, I suppose it should not surprise anyone that barefoot humans are also okay.

6. McDonalds - The "sign" used to intimidate me, but now that I have a 3 year old I have stopped at every McD's with a playland between Texas and Michigan. Much to my surprise, my bare feet have never been a problem. Most of them also have really dirty floors.

7. Home Depot - I am often told to be careful or to watch my step, but I have never been asked to leave because of my lack of shoes.

8. Wal-Mart - When I don't go to Target I go here...probalby once a month or so. Given all the stories about problems with greeters, I almost always wear barefoot sandals to make it look like I have something on my feet. So far so good - the greeters have yet to stop me.

9. Best Buy / Circuit City / Comp USA - I've decided that these places don't care how the customers dress...as long as they buy something. :-)

Those are the biggest ones I can think of now....which stores are on your list?

Take care and keep em bare!!
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Old 10-24-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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I live in a small town in Central NC. Here are mine.

1. All airports and airplanes. I've been traveling bf on biz all year and have yet to asked to put shoes on. Most airport and airline personnel don't even notice. I haven't decided if I'll continue to bf during the winter months.

2. Local gas stations. I was in a small station over the weekend and the temps in the morning are getting pretty cool. I walked into the store after filling up and the older lady at the counter asked "aren't your feet cold?" I said "not yet".

3. Local hardware store. Very common to see bf in this store during the summer months. I love the hardwood and concrete floors in this store.

I haven't ventured into any larger stores just yet. I tried our local Wally World and was asked to put shoes on "for my safety".
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Old 10-25-2005, 01:44 AM   #3
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If someone has found a certain store to be "barefoot friendly" that happens to be part of a chain of stores, that doesn't mean that every store going by that same name will also be barefoot friendly. Most stores have absolutely no official corporate policy on that, it all depends on the attitudes and prejudices of individual managers or employees. For example, the Wal-Mart I go to has never ever given me problems or said anything about me being barefoot. So would I say Wal-Mart is a barefoot friendly store? Well, that one is, but I know for a fact that they're not all like that.

For me, there are literally hundreds of stores, restaurants, airports, airlines, medical offices, and other places that I have been to that have been barefoot friendly (or at least barefoot tolerant). It would a much shorter list to list the ones that are not barefoot friendly, and again, it still depends on the individual store or manager or whoever there that may have decided to appoint themselves shoe police for that day.

Only one store around where I live has consistently barred me from entering barefoot, Costco. And they do in fact have a written policy (in their membership guide) saying "shoes and shirts are required." But that does not necessarily mean that every Costco all over the country is going to try to enforce that policy. Like I said, it all depends.

I have my own policy about going barefoot. I go everywhere barefoot. Even if there is some kind of sign, I ignore it. My policy is based on the fact that I'm doing nothing wrong and breaking no laws. I go into a store expecting to be accepted just like any customer, and I almost always am. If someone has some kind of problem with my attire, they can express that problem to me and explain why they don't need my business. Otherwise I'm never going to assume in advance that there might be an issue.
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Old 10-28-2005, 07:26 PM   #4
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This summer, I used to go into Columbia bank all of the time without shoes. Finally, one of the tellers asked me why I went around barefoot everywhere, and told me it was cool, but might be hard in the rain and cold. I don't know if Columbia banks everywhere are like that, but the people at this one are very friendly. I think that at most smaller friendly-type businesses, the people working there will allow it. And some, like my example, even think it's cool!

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Old 10-31-2005, 01:42 PM   #5
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A small town adjacent to mine had an arts festival on the streets of downtown. It was mild and I decided to hoof it BF. I was nice to feel the cool sidewalks in the shade and then feel the warm concrete in the sun. The old wooden floors of the shops were very soft and I loved the way they groaned when you walk on them. Some of the shops had carpet, but most were the original, 1800s wooden floors.
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Old 11-05-2005, 02:26 PM   #6
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This summer, I used to go into Columbia bank all of the time without shoes. Finally, one of the tellers asked me why I went around barefoot everywhere, and told me it was cool, but might be hard in the rain and cold. I don't know if Columbia banks everywhere are like that, but the people at this one are very friendly. I think that at most smaller friendly-type businesses, the people working there will allow it. And some, like my example, even think it's cool!

~Nova
Despite my usually negative feelings about banks, and all the horrid abuses they visit upon working people, they all seem great about my bare feet. I visit several branches of my regular (First Nat'l Bank of Bar Harbor) in several towns in this region. No problem. One manager did the usual "You're barefoot!" a fact I could easily have seen for myself. I just nodded, and then came the second thing I'm used to hearing when I'm in shorts off season: "Aren't you freezing---" I just reminded her we were in Maine, it was Indian Summer, and in another month we could have our little talk about freezing---

I cash checks at competing banks, too, with no comment. And, I actually was bare foot in a finance office this summer to co-sign for my wife's new car. These kinds of places don't even make me feel uncomfortable.

It's the big monolithic box stores, chain stores, and general petty control freak territory that gives me fits, and we all need to wear down.
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Old 11-05-2005, 02:32 PM   #7
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If someone has found a certain store to be "barefoot friendly" that happens to be part of a chain of stores, that doesn't mean that every store going by that same name will also be barefoot friendly. Most stores have absolutely no official corporate policy on that, it all depends on the attitudes and prejudices of individual managers or employees. For example, the Wal-Mart I go to has never ever given me problems or said anything about me being barefoot. So would I say Wal-Mart is a barefoot friendly store? Well, that one is, but I know for a fact that they're not all like that.
And of course even a small town Walmart like ours is a huge store, probably 200 employees (?) and most of them have treated me well. It's the few petty control freaks who have an attitude---I reported on one such this summer. All it takes is one of these little piss ants to raise a stink, and even a very tolerant management may be "forced" to take action.

There are too many ignorant little people who are control freaks, (living fossils, in my opinion) who have so little on their plate as to have time to stick their ugly noses into other peoples' business.

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Old 11-06-2005, 01:45 PM   #8
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I go barefoot to carnivals, no problems there.

Movie theatres, but i usually were long jeans, so nobody notices.

I have been barefoot at the mall.

I go barefoot to all fast food places, no one says anything. Gas stations, never a problem.

Walmart is a problem they just have issues with barefooters.

Ive been on jury duty with barefoot sandals.

Ive also used public transportation barefoot, bus. school and regular.
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:15 PM   #9
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I've been to Taco Cabana barefoot without too much hassle

no problems with Whataburger (texas chain) or Wendy's

no problems at gas stations, except once

Home Depot ok, Lowe's have had troubles

been stopped at the movie theater

Texas Ren Fest is great to barefoot at

no problems checking into and out of hotels: Holiday Inn, Hilton
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