Hi, I just came across this and understand what it means, , sorry about the awkward title, but I didnt know it was a 'thing'. Is it common now in western culture? I could make you all envious by saying I wear shoes a handful of times a year only. The rest of the time its flip flops outside and never anything in a house. Thats the norm where I live. On occasion I have gone barefoot outside but only to cross the road to go to the beach infront of where I live. Also if my flip flops have broken and havnt got round to buying new ones and dont want to put on jeans so I can wear shoes or trousrs. When this happens people ,where I live, look at me like im a bum. On certain tarmac it hurts too.