Barefoot Joy Day
Do these people even realize that it’s Barefoot Joy Day? Bare Feet work for any occasion
Unfortunately it has been so ingrained in society that a person cannot leave home without footwear, that people actually need to be told to eschew their shoes. The nice thing about Barefoot Joy Day, is it gives people a reason to enjoy going barefoot.
Opposite that in my opinion, is Toms “A Day Without Shoes” events. Rather than promoting the health benefits of going barefoot, the event does the opposite in telling people that they are giving up something and that going barefoot is somehow bad and lacking.
I went to one of these events last year. Of course I was the only one that showed up barefoot – the rest of the people that came, mostly women removed their heels at the door – some walking around in stocking feet. To me it sent a message based more on status than necessity or even comfort, as if it was beneath the fashionable dresses to go barefoot and they were only doing so to “empathize with cultures whose people did not wear shoes.
Other than unnatural man-made environments that pose a danger like construction zones, do we really need shoes? As I was able to exercise the personal choice not to frequent some places, I haven’t had anything on my feet for almost 3 straight days. To this degree, I find the message Western culture is sending to these other societies insulting, in telling them that they are deprived and lacking.
I don’t have any issues about shoes per say, considering that it conforms to the foot rather than the other way around, however, the need for footwear is highly overrated and for the most part unnecessary.
As I said before, footwear can provide safety from typical dangers that are largely man-made, l which are generally rare, or an accessory to a fashion ensemble if I dare say – as long as it does not damage the foot, but only as much of an accessory as a tie or vest.
Think about it this way. We generally go about our daily tasks without gloves or an overcoat – but only wear those items to protect us from the cold or some extreme forms of construction. In other words, we go about most of our day without protective outerwear, which we only wear when needed.
We certainly don’t walk around in clear weather or indoors with an umbrella. These are only things meant to protect us. With footwear it seems the opposite – that wearing shoes is the norm for everyday with sporadic times for eschewing them like bedtime (although ridiculously enough some people sleep in socks),
or when it is absolutely necessary to go barefoot – like in the shower (though some people even shower in their own homes in flip flops). I don’t know how true this is in real life, but I have often seen movies where 2 teenagers are getting intimate,
I remember seeing this in “Fast Times at Ridgepole High”, and”American Pie II” where both parties get naked, but it is always the female that is barefoot and the male has everything off except for his socks. BTW in my view, socks have no place during sex, let alone in the bed!
At a Brainstorming session – something which calls for Bare Feet
I have actually met several people who I have never seen barefoot, or even without socks that it is virtually impossible to picture them that way. Some of them on the same note have never seen me don any kind of footwear and look at it as if I’m doing something out of the ordinary.
I personally find it unnatural to wear something like a closed shoe in warm weather, let alone socks which should really be left in the drawer during this time of year. What especially perplexes me is how a woman wears hose in this heat,
especially since society is so permissive with the female gender to the point where open toes and even bare feet are more the norm for them than for men. It really should actually be the opposite, like other accessories that are to be worn when the occasion calls for it, shoes should be treated the same way and going barefoot should be the norm rather than the exception.