Barefoot Joy Day
I can list a whole bunch of occasions where we can start making the switch to bare feet. It may be different for you based on the amount of spousal/social opposition surrounding you (I must admit, I have the same opposition as many of you and there are still a handful of places where I must don my flip flops or formal events where I wear shoes, though I have managed to toss away the socks).
family functions and events – the first few times you may get raised eyebrows and opposition but eventually the people who love you the most will give up saying anything to you. I go to my parents barefoot all the time now and in the winter time wear nothing more than flip flops
professional settings – this requires slowly adapting your surrounding co-workers. For some venues where hose are not required this is generally easier for female employees – their feet generate more sympathy given the uncomfortable and unnatural footwear.
For male employees, even going sock less is more of a challenge. The good news is that many places of employment have more relaxed dress codes allowing people to go in flip flops and yes, barefoot.
Public venues – start actively informing people that there are no legal issues pertaining to going barefoot. This includes food establishments. While it is legal for them to post those yucky NS 3 signs, most of them fail to do so. If they refuse to let you eat there, you can refuse to give them business.
Unfortunately a lot of these establishments keep out bare footers due to whiny complaining customers, sometimes audacious enough to have their own boots up on a chair or table. If you feel, like I do, that these customers do not deserve to have their complaints validated, start a barefoot campaign by getting as many barefoot people as possible to frequent the venue.
Remember there is strength in numbers and ultimately business owners hate losing customers. The more barefoot customers there are, the more likely the owner would be to drop this frivolous and often unwritten rule. On a personal note, I have such a place that I plan to run a campaign on if anyone would like to join me.
– children from age 1 – literally are conditioned to walk in numbing and unnatural fitting shoes. If you are on a parent/teachers committee, bring up the need for children to go barefoot. Going barefoot should be the norm for a person rather than the exception.
In my opinion if the schools can implement a barefoot policy during school hours, winter as well, then the rest will fall into place, including the professional environment and public establishments.
Celebrate more Barefoot Joy Days! Though we really do not need a special occasion for the feet to be in their proper form, Barefoot Joy Day encourages people to go barefoot for the right reasons – that it’s healthy, natural, and feels great!
If we can start creating more Barefoot Joy Days or other occasions which underline the positive experience of going barefoot, then down the road, we won’t need any special occasion to go barefoot.
While Toms “One Day Without Shoes” creates the impression that going barefoot is something negative and is a form of deprivation, “Barefoot Joy Day” does the opposite and sends the right message in that it celebrates the joy of going barefoot and shows us that hey, we really do not need to have anything on our feet to go about our day.
For me personally, Barefoot Joy Day was a great reason to spread the benefits of going barefoot and even get one person to share the joy.
While I know it is a long shot getting people to go barefoot in public, we can at least create more and more opportunities for people to ditch the footwear so that there will no longer be the need for a reason to go barefoot. Imagine going from “why aren’t you wearing shoes?” to “why aren’t you barefoot?” Try it out!