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Barefoot Living

Yes, you can live without shoes. This is the tribe for those who go everywhere and do everything without shoes.

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Alan A Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorsilver Alan A Management thought the people dining INSIDE the restaurant might not want to see my filthy post-city run feet, so I complied following being served.

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Yes, many of the men enforcers will let a lady slide for that reason. But probably less than half of them. Most of the female enforcers are equal opportunity feet haters, but some of them let women slide but never men . I believe that both men and women are more likely to accept bare feet on females than males. Same with. Are legs, shoulders , arms, backs, etc. The only skin a man is allowed to show in a formal setting is face and hands, not even a neck. Women can share all that is legal.

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There are advantages both ways. At a July wedding I was very comfortable in a halter dress & carrying my sandals, my date looked like he was going to melt in the dark suit. But later that year at a New Years Eve party during an Arctic blast I thought I would die of hypothermia in the dress I was wearing.

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Incidentally I'm very happy we followed each other. I've enjoyed meeting you & I'm enjoying our discussions!

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L OK, I'm at school but my flip-flops aren't! Only thing on my feet is my nail polish & my toe ring!

It's a short day, the kids will be here only for a little while, & I'll be checked out for the summer hopefully by lunchtime.

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Actually started yesterday afternoon. Earlier I had put away all shoes except one pair of flip-flops. I wore them to school & at the end of the day off they came when I left. So for the next three months the only thing on my feet will be nail polish & toe rings!

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L Tomorrow is the last day of school!

I'm thinking of going in barefoot. Anyone dare me?

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Michigan is snowier than WI because we pick up all the moisture from Lake Michigan as the weather moves East across it. Going barefoot in snow is fun for a few minutes, but you have to be careful!

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Careful indeed. Frostbite is not a good thing. I love my toes very much & I want to keep them.

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We get our share of snow too but a lot of cold. Those dips in the jet stream & all that Arctic air spilling down across us make for very unpleasant weather.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L School is done in just under 2 weeks so pretty soon the flip-flops will be off 24/7 for a few months, not that I'm wearing them very much anyway. Oh, we're taking a road trip to Florida at the end of June & I won't be bringing any shoes on that trip either!

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L Summer break starts in just under 2 weeks.

I have a part-time job lined up at a swimming pool teaching swimming lessons & synchronized swimming. So I'll have another summer of going completely barefoot.

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Just noticed the typo up there, it was 3 weeks at that time. Now we're under 2 weeks.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L After swimming last night my friend & I had a light supper at a Subway, then went to see the new X-Men movie.

It was a nice night, I left my flip-flops at home & went barefoot. No problems with my bare feet at Subway or the theater, but the floor was sticky from some spilled drinks, which made my feet sticky, & they got pretty grimy.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L Mild evening last night after some heavy thunderstorms came through the area.

Went out downtown after dinner for a nice barefoot walk, lots of water puddles & mud puddles to splash & step in. Loved the feeling of the cool mud under my feet & between my toes.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L This last weekend brought some mild weather, so after yoga on Saturday I felt like getting out for a while. Having a couple gift cards to use I went out to one of the outlet centers around here. I had on black capri running tights, a top & a running jacket, everything but footwear.

I went into a Levi's Outlet to see what they had for spring & summer, & saw a series of merchandising posters displayed. The model was wearing a white shirt & white cut-off jean shorts, & one of the photos showed her trying to climb through the passenger-side window of a pick-up truck. You could see her white shorts, bare legs, & bare feet, with slightly dirty soles from going barefoot outside.

I wanted a pair of shorts like in the picture but couldn't find where they were stocked, so a sales clerk helped me. She didn't mention my feet but led me to where the shorts were stocked, then showed me the shirts like the model was wearing. Then she commented about the pictures, saying that she wasn't real enthusiastic about the model's dirty bare feet. I replied that she looked very relaxed, then the clerk looked down & exclaimed "Oh Wow, I just noticed you're barefoot!" I looked down too, wiggled my toes, smiled & said you're right, I'm barefoot! Then began all the questions, wasn't it gross stepping in stuff, wasn't I afraid of broken glass, nails, barbed wire, & everything else. She did seem more intrigued when I told her how I go barefoot all the time & how my feet are toughened.

She got me into a fitting room to try the clothes on, & when I found the right size I went to check out. She rang me up, then said it's cool that I'm that brave to go barefoot so much. I told her that it's fun & that maybe she should give it a try.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L After one of the most brutal winters in a long time we are finally having spring weather. On Saturday we were in the upper 60s (F) & Sunday we crossed the 80 degree mark!

Guess who went barefoot all weekend!

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They usually do tend to be the same people :P I never really complain about the weather as it won't change it anyways ;-)

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"Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." attributed to Mark Twain, but the actual source remains debatable.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L How is everyone doing here? I've been having a great barefoot summer, hope you have too!

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Get any crowd attention with the handstands at the lake?

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What were the timings? Numbers? :)

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L This past weekend they had "Maxwell Street Days" going on State St. The forecast was for sunny & mild weather, & Courtney wanted to get out for a while, so I suggested going to that might be fun & we might find some cool stuff. This time Courtney drove, so she came over Saturday morning to pick me up with Brianna in tow, & when I answered the door the first thing out of Brianna's mouth was "Look! Mommy & I are barefoot!!" I gave her a high-five, then we got in the car & left.

We parked a couple blocks away then walked to the Square & State St. The sidewalks & streets were getting very warm underfoot, even though it wasn't as hot as it had been in the preceding days. They weren't unbearable, although there were a couple stretched of black pavement that we had to hot-foot over, & Courtney was a little concerned about Brianna. But she was a little trooper & pranced across just like we did.

After we walked a couple laps around the Farmer's Market we started down State St, Brianna got a little face-painting which she loved, & we continued to where the Maxwell St thing was going. A couple blocks down we stopped to look through some racks of dresses. A little girl about 3 years old saw our bare feet, then piped up to her mother "Mommy look! Why they got no shoes on?!" "Well, it's a nice day, maybe they like going barefoot." Then "Mommy I wanna go barefoot too!" Her mother looks at us, sees Brianna smiling, smirks & rolls her eyes, then stoops down to take off her daughter's sandals, & she & Brianna took off running around the racks squealing & giggling.

We continued down State St, looking at all the stuff, finally ending up at State St Brats. It was about lunchtime & Courtney & I were both thirsty, so we went inside & ordered lunch, then sat outside on the patio. Our feet were in plain sight as the servers were walking around, but no one said anything. After lunch we made our way down to the Memorial Union to relax by the lake. Courtney & I visited while Brianna climbed on the big chair sculpture with several other kids. We did have to duck inside for a little while when a thunderstorm erupted, but that only lasted a few minutes.

So we got to have another great barefoot day. When we got home our feet were pretty grimy, but they're washable so who cares.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L This last Saturday & Sunday was the Art Fair On The Square, & both days saw very warm & very sunny weather. So I spent a couple hours on Saturday walking barefoot around the Square browsing through the artists' booths. Sadly I only saw a couple other people walking around barefoot, not counting the artists in their booths with kicked-off sandals under their chairs. The street was very warm under the sun, not unbearable for me but maybe too hot for those more tender-footed.

A lot of spilled substances on the ground that dried into sticky puddles, including a dropped smoothie that really made a sticky mess. My feet got sticky walking through it, worse than a movie theater, & soon my feet were very grimy & dirty, with absolutely black soles.

Later I walked barefoot down State Street to the Memorial Union to meet some friends. On my way down I saw a couple dresses on a rack in one of the stores that I wanted to look at. While I was holding it in front of me in the mirror a sales clerk came up & started talking to me. She commented that the dress would look nice, then she noticed my very dirty bare feet & asked me whether I'd been barefoot all day. Told her I had & she thought that seemed pretty cool. I tried the dress on & decided to get it after seeing that it looks nice on me. But I didn't get any shoes. LOL!

Getting to the Terrace, I saw where they were sitting & made my way towards them. A part of the Terrace running along the edge of the lake is made of asphalt (which is to be replaced by stone later), & I saw a number of people in swimsuits doing a hot-foot dance across the pavement to the swimming pier. I found the pavement very warm under my feet but not unbearable, but when I was waiting in line to get a drink I did get a few comments from people wondering how I could stand to go barefoot on hot pavement. I explained how my feet are toughened by going barefoot outside & that I didn't find it that hot, & one young man seemed very impressed when I lifted up my bare feet to show him my soles.

Later on my way home I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things I needed. While frozen foods weren't among my purchases I did make it a point to walk through the frozen-food aisles just to feel the cold floor underfoot. But I managed to shop barefoot with no problems from anyone.

Sunday was the hotter of the 2 days, so just as well that was when I was scheduled to work. The good news is that work is the lifeguard job, so the workplace was a swimming beach & I was still barefoot!

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Meghan L Yesterday I went with my friend Shannon to Summerfest in Milwaukee. I went barefoot but Shannon wore her flip-flops. When she came to get me & saw my bare feet she started going on about how I at least needed to bring sandals with me, but I told her I wouldn't be wearing them so why bother. She isn't really the barefoot type & she's sometimes gotten annoyed with me when I've been kicked out of places for being barefoot or told I can't come in someplace without shoes on.

We arrived mid-morning before the gate opened, so we were able to find parking, but then we had a little time to kill, so we walked around the Historic Third Ward area for about an hour checking out some of the stores & galleries. A couple of the store clerks commented that they thought it was cool that I was going barefoot. I smirked at Shannon & she rolled her eyes at me.

Then we decided eating lunch before going in might be a good idea, since food & snacks are a lot more expensive inside the festival grounds. So I suggested the Milwaukee Ale House & we walked over there. Shannon was absolutely sure they wouldn't let me in without shoes on, but no one said anything. I wonder whether they even noticed my bare feet. So we had a nice lunch & a couple cocktails each, then headed to the Summerfest grounds.

The gate person asked me whether I had any shoes with me. I replied no I didn't but he only told me to be careful walking around. I didn't see any signs requiring shoes anywhere. Glass containers are expressly prohibited, so the ubiquitous broken glass isn't a hazard there.

So we enjoyed the mild summer day & watched a lot of good bands. For quite a while I seemed to be the only barefoot person, but as it got into evening I started seeing more, many of whom were women who apparently had their fill of their spike heels & were now carrying their shoes. A few people were barefooting it like I was, with no shoes with them. There was a lot of stuff spilled on the ground, leaving sticky puddles that I didn't notice until I walked through them, & by the time we left my bare feet were filthy & my soles were pitch-black.

We walked back to the Ale House, this time it was a lot more crowded but still no one seemed to have a problem with my bare feet. Some of the other customers noticed & gave me some odd looks, but no comments from anyone about it. We were sitting on the patio overlooking the Milwaukee River, & I could see people mooring boats at the pier. Many were barefoot but all of them put on shoes or flip-flops before coming inside.

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Meghan L Barefoot Living Tribe

There are times when you may need to.  For example, in the dead of winter & your feet are cold.  Strictly speaking though, barefoot menas wearing nothing on the feet, so wearing slippers means you aren't barefoot....

Cherif D Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorgold Cherif D My dream come true. However, where is the nudist tribe? I love walking barefoot. Totally up for that !!!

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If you want such a tribe go ahead & start one. Maybe you could call it the "Barefoot Up to The Face" Tribe. LOL!

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Cy S Barefoot Living Tribe

Contributorsilver Cy S #1 reason to carry a pair of shoes, you know, just in case.................. Porter potties! Just sayin! :/

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I do understand the gross-out factor. :P But I try not to think about it too much. In all likelihood no worse than what's on the ground or the sidewalk already. That & feet are a lot easier to clean than shoes.

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I was at an outdoor concert & it had rained heavily the night before so the ground was very muddy. I had been walking around barefoot in the mud & I encountered a wet & dirty floor in one of the porta-potties, but that might have been from the rain. My bare feet were dirty anyway, so I doubt that made a difference.

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Walking around barefoot in the mud is a lot of fun. I love feeling the cool mud under my bare feet & oozing between my toes! :D

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