Most stores, restaurants etc. do not allow you to be barefoot, I'm sure to do with insurance. I used to go barefoot all the time as a young teen (in the summer of course) so it doesn't bother me to see people go barefoot outdoors.
Well I have been barefoot throughout all 4 walmart stores in my area and two grocery stores. My young son and I were walking into one of the grocery stores barefoot when the female manger on duty looked up and saw us. She looked for a second and got a big grin on her face and turned back to what she was doing. Might depend on your regional situation too.
Unless it is an indoor food establishment, it does not bother me. I grew up at the boardwalk and mostly walked around in bare feet at the boardwalk eating places. For an indoor sitting area I would be concerned about possible health hazards. I will say that one of my favorite music artists (Joss Stone) always performs in bare feet.
I have to say if it is an unconventional setting like the grocery store, it does gross me out a bit. The pool is already gross enough-- my microbiology class swabbed the floors of pool changing rooms and pool decks in various locations and the stuff that grew was absolutely foul. Swabbing the bottom of a shoe provides cultures of fecal matter-- I can't imagine why people would walk barefoot in public places with that sort of junk all over the ground. It's a hygiene issue.
Well I understand these things. i also think a certain amount is ok especially considering there have been studies showing we are sanitizing our immune systems out of existence. The more we suit ourselves up against some of it, the less able our immune system becomes to fighting it.
I don't like this idea either. It truly is a hygeine issue and these people are going to take all the poo, spit, chemicals, etc. from the ground and walk all over their home, put their feet into bed, or on the couch transferring this stuff everywhere. I think it's a horrible idea and I wonder if people know what they're gathering on the soles of their feet when I see them doing this.
I imagine if they wore shoes, they'd also transfer the yuck from them all over their homes and allow their kids to play on filthy floors and carpets.
It would be great if personal hygiene only affected you-- but one argument we discovered in my microbiology class for wearing shoes in public was that barefooted people will collect and spread a HUGE variety of microorganisms (more so than those wearing substantial shoes)-- fecal matter, diseases, etc. Later, people will set things down on the floor, bags, purses, backpacks--things that you don't even think of--- and then that huge array of bacteria brought in by barefooted people gets spread around even more--kitchen counters where some women set their purses.... (that's just one example I can think of off the top of my head)
Really, being barefoot in some public places is a hygiene issue that can concern everyone. It was something I never thought of until I took that microbiology class and we literally proved it.
Technically, flip flops and thin soled sandals also tend to spread just as much bacteria as those who are barefoot, compared to tennis shoes or thicker, rubber soles, so I'm not trying to mandate that everyone wear shoes 24/7-- just that it is proven to spread more little critters everywhere. I'm not going to tell someone in a grocery store to put their shoes on, but I can't pretend that I have no problem with it.
Outside of public places, shoelessness is whatever. I grew up in Brazil and Georgia and went barefoot all the time outside, until I slashed my foot open on broken glass. After that my parents mandated shoes.
So "technically" there is little difference between flip-flops, sandals and bare feet in spreading germs. It certainly makes sense that there are zero health code lawsin the US that require shoes for customers.
Your input has reaffirmed that there is no real health issue with a person barefoot in public. Doesn't bother me in the least. I'm not required to look at a person's feet under any circumstances. I'm not required to place personal items on public floors.
It seems to me that hand washing would affect the spread of germ a 1000 fold over shoes.
BTW- I don't care if you have a problem with it, neither does the health dept. When in doubt-MYOFB.
when you see barefoot people walking up and down Miami Beach, you know they're tourists. Most residents wear flip-flops. I can't live without my flip-flops, but I'm only barefoot when I'm at the beach,, walking on the sand. But either way, I agree... you have to build up your system to handle all sorts of diseases. Nothing wrong with kids and big kids going out with no shoes on. Children need to grow to be strong.
Seeing people barefoot in public places doesn't bother me at all. I spent the better part of the late 60s and early 70s barefoot. I do, however, have some serious issues with foot jewelry. I don't mind seeing toe rings on bare feet, but I think they look tacky with sandals or flip-flops. And if you're going to show everyone your toes, for goodness sake, paint those nails.
It's a silly idea to walk around barefoot in my opinion. I used to do it when I was a child walking home from school. Your feet get dirty; burnt from the road that's been baked in the sun; thorns, glass and so on in the feet.
I personally would only walk around barefoot in the house. In public when I see people barefoot I think it's a bit inappropriate but I don't say or do anything about it. It's their fault if they sustain any injuries. If people drive barefoot it's a problem because that's not legal I would imagine. I don't even like to see people driving with flops on.
I was a passenger in three different rear-ending accidents in the space of a year and each time, the person who hit us was wearing flip flops and blamed their accidental acceleration (or inability to stop) on their flip flop slipping around.
It got a little old after a while....
That being said, I'm guilty of driving with flip flops on.....
Yeah, not such a good idea in m opinion. I don't do this. I always wear nice comfortable shoes for driving. Even if you have proper shoes, if they're too new and aren't worn in, they're hell for driving in because you can't "feel" the pedals!
That is actually one of the reasons I DO go barefoot. On the harsh environment your foot is, bacteria may be picked up, but they don't live very well. Most people, however, put them in nice, dark, warm, moist, incubators called shoes, and by doing so provide a great place for bacteria and fungus to grow. Going barefoot is a great way to prevent foot fungus and plantar warts, "The best but least-used preventative [for warts] appears to be to go barefoot as much as possible" -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_wart
And guess what? The store owner can do whatever he/she wants when it comes to dress-codes. The store owner could require that no one can enter their store unless they are wearing a green polka-dot fish tie and high heels. Probably wouldn't get too many customers that way... But the store owner is legally entitled to do that if they want.
I also am strongly in favor of being barefooted more often (or just about always), but I don't think you are helping things at all when you use hateful and rude sounding rhetoric. Be respectful of others and they'll be a lot more willing to listen to you and respect you.
Oh, come off of it, Nick. The topic has long been closed. The posts speak for themselves. I presented the facts, which were not disputed. It's fine if it bothers people, but don't try to back your opinions with fallacy.
It scares the heck out of me for that person's sake. There is too much disease and other nasty stuff that can be incorporated into the bloodstream through a skin break on the foot.
Here's an example: Do people realize how many times people spit on the sidewalk, and that spit contains more bacterial and viral stuff than a toilet? Staph is the worst infection of all, and the mouth carries it.
Let's add in toxins, molds, poisons and a host of other bad stuff, and all it takes is a tiny wound from a nail, broken glass, and other garbage.
I do not care if people are barefoot. However, I have learned an important lesson. Wear shoes. I hate wearing shoes, and loved being barefoot. Of course, a piece of glass all the way to the bone has changed my mind. When ever I go outside, I will wear shoes!
I am a huge barefoot advocate, but not that kind of advocate. I liked how you were pretty respectful and non argumentative. I apologize for him and I hope you realize most barefoot lovers are really easy going people. They just love going barefoot because it feels great, is really healthy for your feet, and because they've realized through personal experience that most of the risks are vastly smaller than they are made out to be. Cheers!
It doesn't bother me. But I think it depends on your geographic location. A beach town would be a haven for barefooters. A small town Kansas book store would not be appropriate. We must adapt to our surroundings to a point.
Research has shown that feet can harbor bacteria and infestations for years. If we understand bacteria and disease we MUST be appalled. It is a safety item and understanding the severity of this is critical.
The Plastiki inventor, Rothschild was seen barefoot and everyone thought it was find except for the government officials. And in this case, the government officials were correct. Being barefoot in a grocery store is a safety concern and we must train and educate ourselves and our children.
Our future health depends upon understanding the harm of unseen bacteria.
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