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#1 ABarefootBeginner

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Posted September 16 2017 - 02:49 PM

So, I have always been wanting to start going barefoot, but I have never been able too. I have tried taking off my shoes in school, but I have been told not to every time. Other than the obvious "You are going to slip, you are going to get a cut etc." bullcrap, apparently, according to my gym teacher, "there is a strict rule that says you must wear shoes at all times", but I check the student handbook, and there is no such rule. Even at recess, (which she runs) she has lectured me. It could be because she just doesn't like me, and that seems like it. I love barefooting, but I just don't know how to get around these non-existant rules of society that weight down our backs. I will attempt to wear DIY barefoot socks that I made by cutting the soles, toes, and the middle out at lunch/recess. They are black so I don't think they will cause much attention from my gym teacher. But until then, how do I get around this? It's just sad that people are still not realizing the benifits of a barefoot lifestyle.

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Posted September 16 2017 - 03:40 PM

Basically, until you go to college, you'll have to be very creative about how you can slip in some barefoot hours. What I used to do is wear sandals to school (when the weather permitted), and slip them off at recess, and was always in an area well away from teachers, and I'd slip them off in class as well, and would walk around classrooms barefoot. Same in high school. Until you get to college, barefoot is easily oppressed.

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Posted September 16 2017 - 04:53 PM

So, I have always been wanting to start going barefoot, but I have never been able too. I have tried taking off my shoes in school, but I have been told not to every time. Other than the obvious "You are going to slip, you are going to get a cut etc." bullcrap, apparently, according to my gym teacher, "there is a strict rule that says you must wear shoes at all times", but I check the student handbook, and there is no such rule. Even at recess, (which she runs) she has lectured me. It could be because she just doesn't like me, and that seems like it. I love barefooting, but I just don't know how to get around these non-existant rules of society that weight down our backs. I will attempt to wear DIY barefoot socks that I made by cutting the soles, toes, and the middle out at lunch/recess. They are black so I don't think they will cause much attention from my gym teacher. But until then, how do I get around this? It's just sad that people are still not realizing the benifits of a barefoot lifestyle.

Thank you,
Damian

if there isnt a legit rule in the book, then they cant give you a legit punishment. any "detentions" you get from them are null and void due to them not having the rule stated inside a rulebook. THERE FOR talk to your parents. if they are okay with it then just dont go. if you have THEIR support then they will back you up if the school tries to give you any crap about it. sometiems teachers pull crap like this because its their beliefs. so basically my guess is the gym teacher isnt saying no to make sure you follow the rules, but really she's being biassed because she probably doesnt like people without shoes. im not saying this is definately the case, as she might just be ensuring safety, or is unaware there is no rule. hope this helps. keep us updated


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Posted September 16 2017 - 05:00 PM

Basically, until you go to college, you'll have to be very creative about how you can slip in some barefoot hours. What I used to do is wear sandals to school (when the weather permitted), and slip them off at recess, and was always in an area well away from teachers, and I'd slip them off in class as well, and would walk around classrooms barefoot. Same in high school. Until you get to college, barefoot is easily oppressed.

well it also depends on the teachers. some will be either cool about it or just not even care. 


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Posted September 17 2017 - 12:10 PM

I will post back tommorow and the day after. One day, I'll try the socks, and the next day the sandal method. I'll try again, but I tried wearing sandals, and she has talked to me about it. Hopefully all goes well.

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Posted September 17 2017 - 12:17 PM

I will post back tommorow and the day after. One day, I'll try the socks, and the next day the sandal method. I'll try again, but I tried wearing sandals, and she has talked to me about it. Hopefully all goes well.
-Damian

again, you just have to be very creative. Find ways to nonchalantly go barefoot, and try not to call too much attention to yourself, and try to avoid letting the oppressors notice you. But I should clarify that I wore actual close-toed sandals, not flip flops. I just kept them loose enough I could easily slip them on or off. I never looked good in flip flops, and the noise they make is soooooo irritating to me.

Btw, I now wonder about that sock method, can you show or tell me exactly how you did that? It might be a way for me to extend my time barefoot each year, since bare feet don't go with all my outfits. If I can do your soleless sock thing, I might be able to go barefoot longer. But it wasn't exactly clear how you do it in your post. What was meant by cutting out the toes and the middle?

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Posted September 17 2017 - 12:32 PM

Here's what a librarian once told me : well , Shoeless Joe .... if you have a cut on your foot and then you step in some very ill

barefooter's blood that's been on the Library's floor for less than 5 minutes you could get AIDS !



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Posted September 17 2017 - 01:33 PM

 A long time ago, someone on this forum actually took a pair of low cut Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers and cut out the soles so that you can actually be barefoot and yet your feet stay covered at the same time. I'm not sure how that worked, maybe someone here knows more about this......

 

I can understand the rule of wearing shoes at all times (administrators can be a pain), but on the other hand, does your student handbook say anything about wearing flip flops or sandals? Do you see any fellow students wearing them by any chance? I found a pair of barefoot sandals online that look pretty much like regular Teva's yet your soles stay in contract with the ground.


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Posted September 17 2017 - 02:23 PM

So when you injury your foot in school, don't sue the school for your own stupidity.


 

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Posted September 17 2017 - 04:00 PM

When I was in boarding school there was actually a health code that dictated what type of sandals you were allowed to wear. It may be a thing for schools for all I know. But you couldn't wear sandals that didn't have a backstrap. I just googled this and apparently it's not uncommon; at least there was one other person saying something about this. So can you wear flip flops to school, or is there a rule that says "no flip flops"? :)


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