Originally Posted by Amontillado
But now it seems strange if a child goes around without shoes. When did the change happen?
Blame it on our "lawsuit happy society", merchant's phamtom laws, and the athletic shoe industry, especially Nike and Adidas.
Growing up most kids had two kinds of shoes, your Sunday or "School shoes" and sneakers for gym class. You either wore your nice shoes when appropriate or your PF Flyers (that was a brand of tennis shoe back in the 50's and 60's), or just went barefoot.
Thanks to the fashion industry, tennis shoes are not just for gym class anymore and you need several makes and styles to be considered a part of the "in" crowd. And now a water shoe, a WATER shoe????? P'leezze! Now kids can't go the the waterparks and pools barefoot.
So much for barefooting........kids don't know what they are missing.