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« Reply #105 on: April 05, 2018, 10:10:21 AM »
I've walked and worked in bare feet plenty of times but I draw the line at lawn mowing and strimming.
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« Reply #106 on: April 05, 2018, 02:38:27 PM »
I've walked and worked in bare feet plenty of times but I draw the line at lawn mowing and strimming.

By "Strmming" I'm going to assume you mean operating one of those edger trimmer things with the whirling nylon string or fiber.   Yes, they always throw off fast moving bits that are especially bad on lower legs.  I wear long pants when I use mine. 

As for mowing, I enjoy mowing naked and barefoot.  My mower throws cuttings out to the side, not back at my feet.  Of course feet turn dark green from walking on the new cut grass.

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« Reply #107 on: April 05, 2018, 03:54:06 PM »
That's right, Bob.
They have been dubbed "strimmers" in the UK.
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« Reply #108 on: April 06, 2018, 12:59:41 PM »
Goodness, I even wear something on my feet inside the house even if I'm wearing nothing else! But that, aside from how it keeps my feet warmer, is so I won't stub my toes, which happens. But for long walks on the beach, barefoot is okay, not that I've taken any long walks on the beach lately. Then then, the beaches where I go have sand. My wife informs me that some places do not even have beaches.

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« Reply #109 on: April 06, 2018, 05:13:18 PM »
I am barefoot most of the time.

I live in a hot desert so I occasionally wear foot protection from the heat or the desert environment. Sometimes it's necessary.

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« Reply #110 on: April 06, 2018, 06:30:20 PM »
I'm more aware when barefoot all over, so I rarely stub a toe, EXCEPT for the hindrance of the dang bifocal glasses. Aside from making me put my head in odd positions and squint to get them in place, they give me a tendency to lean forward to compensate for the poor vision and I slouch. When I do stub a toe or trip, it is lack of vision in the blurry spot right in front of my feet. I wear my old non-bifocal, or contacts when I hike. I can walk around the house without glasses and have less chance of stubbing my toe.
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« Reply #112 on: April 07, 2018, 12:54:38 AM »
It is difficult for me to get enough barefoot walking in on uneven surfaces to develop effectively natural feet. I live in a hot desert, or a house, or on asphalt and concrete. But I try and I always do the next best thing if not.

I've got the sheets, the comforter, the pad for the car, the wrist cuffs for camping on an air mattress for earthing, and then I'm barefoot when possible.

I have had no trouble barefoot and having my feet dry up for many years. I have been going several hours a day in another home, and they are cracking. I think that it is the stuff that is used to clean the floor, or maybe the stuff that comes off of other's shoes. More probable, the floor cleaner...got udderbalm to working on it.
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« Reply #113 on: April 07, 2018, 01:23:58 AM »
I think that it is the stuff that is used to clean the floor, or maybe the stuff that comes off of other's shoes. More probable, the floor cleaner...got udderbalm to working on it. 
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Last year I attended a political meeting held in a local church, one of those big ones that looks like it was once a big box store.  After I had been there a while the carpet began stinging my feet.  They must have used some toxic or caustic cleaner on the carpet.  It wasn't strong, but after a couple of hours I was feeling it.  Shoe people never notice stuff like that.

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« Reply #114 on: April 07, 2018, 05:16:49 AM »
Toxic off gas? I'll never go back to carpet, especially when wood and concrete and tile work so well in our warm climate. It catches all of the dust and is nasty to sit, lie or workout on on naked.
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« Reply #115 on: April 08, 2018, 12:40:42 PM »

I'm barefoot more and more these days but mostly inside.
Outside in our damp UK climate to walk on the path or garden you get wet, dirty or muddy feet.  Whilst that's no problem to me personally...a nice squelch around the garden is nice and earthing as per Bob's video...the problem is when you get inside the house again and have to go through the rigmarole of cleaning the mud or whatever off before you go into the house.  I find this tedious and time consuming even if only a minute or two as it delays you whilst doing some other task or other so if the ground is not dry, I slip on a pair of mock crocs (like croc shoes but only costing a few pounds from a cheapo rip off store!) or clogs and just shrug them off at the door when I come back in.


I wish I was bold enough to be really bohemian and go barefoot everywhere, like Bob, but again, there are 2 good reasons I don't:  First, I'm afraid of injury.  The streets where I live are full of foot ripping hazards such as broken kerbstones and so on pls the tarmac pavements are quite hard on the feet.  Second, I just can't be bothered to challenge all the prudes and rigid conventionalists out there ("ooh aren't your feet cold?" Visitors say this to me even when visiting our house. NO! they obviously are not, dork visitor, otherwise I would be wearing shoes!!)  and again as Bob has mentioned in the past people don't like bare feet in their shops and so on - although with customary textile hypocrisy, everyone tolerates the equally or more dirty soles of shoes!


So in the warmer weather i.e. from now on I stick to some more minimal footwear as much as I can - usually Fit Flop thong sandals or other thong sandals.


I particularly like wearing thong sandals as the sun is setting and as it begins to get dark, I sing this song: "Just a thong at twilight, when the lights are lowwwwww!!!"  :D :D :D
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« Reply #116 on: April 08, 2018, 01:35:58 PM »
Mud, mud, glorious mud; there's nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.

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« Reply #117 on: April 08, 2018, 03:10:41 PM »
I spent Saturday afternoon barefoot at my local pub with some friends. 

The weather was very rainy going and coming home, but wet sandy feet getting into your car is no worse for the car than wet sandy shoes.  Coming home I have a door mat to wipe my feet, and another washable throw rug inside the door to get any sand left from feet or shoes.  A loud noise from the car all the way there and back tells me a wheel bearing better be replaced soon.  Drat. Always something.

If bare feet are very muddy coming home they wash off almost instantly with a garden hose or faucet.  Very muddy shoes, not so much. 

The statistics on foot injuries strongly favor bare feet.  Many shoes are slippery, and falls are common.  Bare feet suffer significantly fewer ankle, knee, hip, and back injuries.  Bare feet even have special nerves that tell you when the surface is slippery so you get notice and can walk more carefully.  Shoes often leave you (slip) flat on the floor, like I ended up last year when I wore sandals to an auto parts store.  Lucky I wasn't injured.  Next time I went barefoot for auto parts. 

Having fun naked from head to toe.   I only wish the pub allowed naked drinking.  Not yet.

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« Reply #118 on: April 09, 2018, 08:21:22 PM »
In India, we wear flip flops or bare feet. There is a mat to brush off feet, there is a place to leave shoes when entering a building. it is polite, it is custom and it is cleaner. When the shoes come off there is so much less tracked in, wear and tear to the interior, since of respect and polite, and sense of welcome and comfort.

People are invited to take their shoes off when they enter my house. They are informed of my preference. Rarely do they not, I don't push it. It is silly to expect someone to take a pair of big boots off and replace them with stinky sweaty confined feet. I'll just dust the floor later.

Mud? What is this thing called mud? The arid-zonan wants to know.
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« Reply #119 on: April 10, 2018, 08:40:22 PM »
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I'll never go back to carpet, especially when wood and concrete and tile work so well in our warm climate. It catches all of the dust and is nasty to sit, lie or workout on on naked.
You should have seen the floor under the old carpet we had replaced. It was disgusting. Dirt, pollen, dead bug parts and probably human skin cells and animal dander. Piles of it.

We did install new carpet, but Iíll not do it again. I like Jbees reasons best. Natural floors are best. Even concrete, though not natural is better than carpet.

I understand in colder climes a warm floor is good, but it doesnít get that cold here for very long.

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