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#1 MrGalactica

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Posted February 07 2017 - 03:27 AM

Hey all,

It's been asked quite a lot on here about people going barefoot outside because I've come across the topics through google a lotToday I decided to sign up and share my experiences and maybe offer some guidance to others. I'm no master at it, I still feel awkward in some places but I still really enjoy it. The sensations you feel on each different surface and just feeing connected to everything around you is a pretty awesome feeling.

So, how many of you seriously go barefoot outside? Not for 5 minutes but for an hour or an entire day. How did it feel? Where did you go? And how did you deal with the looks from other people? I'd love to know if there's people in Sussex that I could potentially meet.

Thanks :)

-Mr G


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Posted February 07 2017 - 03:34 AM

Been A Full Time Barefooter Now For 101/2 Years.......It Appears Your'e Just A Rank Beginner.....???

 

I Wish You Well.... :)

 

 

 

Cheers Glen.



#3 psychologykate

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Posted April 25 2017 - 05:22 AM

I'm in the UK. I go barefoot outside for a short period each day without fail as a grounding anxiety that helps me with anxiety. But I have occasionally gone for longer periods without shoes. Last year I went on a short break with my partner in Wales. We rented a little cottage and I hardly wore shoes the whole time we were there. We had access to a private beach and unfortunately it was a stony one but it didn't deter me from going on there barefoot.



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Posted June 20 2017 - 11:11 AM

I go barefoot ( and comando, ie no underwear. I prefer the feel of less clothes and skin tight jeans/shorts against my skin.) in the UK as much as I can, in fact just got back from shopping at Tesco - barefoot all the way. I love the cool floor, the feeling on the escalators, and especially the underground car park where its so cool, but oh so dirty. Due to the heat, my feet were slightly sweaty so I had to watch the slippery floor inside Tesco.  I had a few strange looks, as always while wandering around. Once a young boy said to his Mum, where are that mans shoes, and proceeded to take his off. I spotted him later barefoot, with dirty soles!

 

I was at a DIY store before that too. They had been watering the plants, so I left my foot prints for all to see.

 

I stopped for fuel on the way back too, again your feet get dirty on the fuel spilt on the floor.

 

Yesterday I a barefoot 6 mile hike through a busy town centre, then up into the hills over rough terrain, and up some steep inclines.


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Posted June 20 2017 - 11:35 AM

I was thinking about going barefoot for a sociological experiment called "Breaching" where you do something to see how people react. What are people's reactions to your barefooted-ness? :)


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Posted June 20 2017 - 11:58 AM

Never had any major issues really. A few strange looks is the worst...

 

I did go barefoot one day in the winter, most of the day. Again fuel, Tesco, bank, town centre and got quite a few strange looks. Especially loved the footprints in the snow!  I went to a pub too to warm my feet in front of the open fire - that was great.

 

I went to the local garage for a quick car service, a while ago - barefoot. I love wandering around the filthy floor of the waiting room, and even more so when they ask me to go to the service area. Full of oil and grease. This time they asked me to come in to show me an issue, I gladly accepted. The guy looked down and saw my dirty bare feet and said Oh, will you be ok here? I said, yes no problem, I never rarely shoes.  I think he was shocked, but when I showed by my bare dirty soles I think he liked that. barefoot everywhere he said? Yes, I replied. Does it not hurt he said? Nope, I'm used to it. I then said, why don't you try it now? Surely enough off came his steel capped boots and socks, and he walked around barefoot for a few minutes. He loved it, getting his soles grimy and said I think I'll stay like this all day once I go home. I glanced at his feet, they were filthy!


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Posted June 20 2017 - 12:04 PM

Never had any major issues really. A few strange looks is the worst...

 

I did go barefoot one day in the winter, most of the day. Again fuel, Tesco, bank, town centre and got quite a few strange looks. Especially loved the footprints in the snow!  I went to a pub too to warm my feet in front of the open fire - that was great.

 

I went to the local garage for a quick car service, a while ago - barefoot. I love wandering around the filthy floor of the waiting room, and even more so when they ask me to go to the service area. Full of oil and grease. This time they asked me to come in to show me an issue, I gladly accepted. The guy looked down and saw my dirty bare feet and said Oh, will you be ok here? I said, yes no problem, I never rarely shoes.  I think he was shocked, but when I showed by my bare dirty soles I think he liked that. barefoot everywhere he said? Yes, I replied. Does it not hurt he said? Nope, I'm used to it. I then said, why don't you try it now? Surely enough off came his steel capped boots and socks, and he walked around barefoot for a few minutes. He loved it, getting his soles grimy and said I think I'll stay like this all day once I go home. I glanced at his feet, they were filthy!

I'm thinking if I did it, no one would really notice. The point of "breaching" (I think, I don't really know what our instructor has in mind...) is that people will notice. That said I'm also considering wearing a pink wig around. The only problem with that is I don't usually go anywhere other than my parents house and school. The people who would say something are my parents, and I don't think that's the spirit of the assignment. Oh well.. i'll have to figure something out. Thanks!


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Posted June 20 2017 - 01:03 PM

Do it, but don't stand out. Its liberating.

 

Go barefoot for 24 hours, to start with, with no shoes anywhere.



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Posted June 20 2017 - 02:52 PM

I was thinking about going barefoot for a sociological experiment called "Breaching" where you do something to see how people react. What are people's reactions to your barefooted-ness? :)

 

 

Every once in a wile a rigid thinking person bugs out claiming you need to have shoes on but then when you question them with why thy get stumped but still insist so then you again ask what difference does it make your not using their feet to walk so how does what you do affect them but rigid thinkers won't accept it. I am stepping on the floor what difference does that make to the floor ?

 

I can't really think of the best place for breaching right now but if you are doing a You Tube you should think up a bunch of questions for when get a stubborn person.


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You need arch support ! Why to make my arches weak so that way I really do ?

Will wearing a neck brace all day make my neck stronger too ?

Maybe keeping my arm in a sling will strengthen my biceps.


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Posted June 24 2017 - 11:20 AM

During summer months, I largely venture barefoot everywhere on a weekend unless I visit the gym, for example.  

 

Earlier today, I was barefoot on my driveway, while cleaning my car.  Afterwards, I frequented my local shopping centre, where I visited the barbers and tanning salon, before my bare feet graced BodyCare, Holland & Barratt, Asda and Sainsbury's.  My usual hairdresser always finds it humorous that I proceed to frequent the shop with no shoes during summer months, providing an interesting topic of conversation while she cuts my hair. 

 

Particularly when grocery shopping, I'm regularly asked by other shoppers and store assistants why I'm not wearing anything on my feet, to which I'll explain that my flip flops have been removed, in order to reduce the frequency of static shocks from the trolley (perfect excuse) and that they're in the re-usable bag.  They're not though, they're in the foot-well of my car, since driving barefoot isn't something that I ever do.  Nonetheless, providing an explanation with which most people can resonate helps to dispel awkwardness amongst the conformists. 

 

Equally, when I don't have the trolley excuse to fall back on, if asked why I'm wandering around in public in barefoot, I simply explain that as a barefoot runner (which I am exclusively during summer months), wandering barefoot helps to maintain the thickness of the fat pad in the fore-foot.