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Alicat
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0 posted 01-29-2005 07:07 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Yeah, I know.  Odd topic.  I was wondering though how others walk barefoot.  For some reason, when barefoot I'd always walk on the balls and toes, but not with the heel.  Often, since I can spread all my toes, I'd be splay-footed for increased balance and traction.  Gotta tell ya though, stubbing that little toe does cause one to see how much that lil critter contributes to balance.

I guess that habit of mine goes back to my childhood, since there was this patch of stickers between our house and the public swimming pool on the prison farm.  Balls and toes tend to thicken up quicker from wearing shoes and not, like the heel.  Howsoever, getting those tines stuck in the tender parts by the arch can be rather painful.  Hence the balancing act.  Not to mention that almost all mammals do the same thing.  It's perspective that makes their hind legs look backwards.
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1 posted 01-29-2005 08:04 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

somethin' chronic.

And funny thing is, I can't stand for my feet to be dirty.

So I'm always sweeping.

And people who spit fear my wrath.
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2 posted 01-29-2005 08:05 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

AND???

The absolute worst thing in the world to step on is a slug.

That goo has to be scrubbed off.

ew.
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Well now, barefootin' is a chronic habit for me...but it was when an ex-brother-in-law [whom, I would admit, I still consider a not-so-ex-ex] said, when I was pregnant [both times] he would call up, asking "are you barefoot?" and I would literally wail at the walls over his inane jokes...

but I love being barefoot....

and am one of those folk that, the moment they hit home, kick the shoes off...at times its been known for my shoes to hit a wall or such...given whatever temperament of the day allowed....

and the only time I wear shoes?  Is when I have to do so...

or it's very very cold....

and you wouldn't know cold if it bit you!!!  
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4 posted 01-29-2005 09:16 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Cold...hrm...that's like, what, mid 70's F, right?
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I think I must be a child at heart because shoes don't interest me at all. I know women who have a CLOSET full of shoes. I take my shoes off when I get home. If I don't leave my house during the weekend, those darn things could sit by my front door for TWO days and never touch the outside. (I even go to the mailbox in bare feet)

But I always look down when I walk..don't want to step on anything that might hurt. I had a sandburr in my foot once when I was a kid and I thought I would DIE from the pain. Now? I just hope it's not a stray nail from the roofers.
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6 posted 01-29-2005 10:03 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Yeah, I was a barefooted while still a child, then was an adamant shoe wearer.  I still love my boots (not the cowboy kind).  But one thing I learned once I got here was that shoes and heat don't mix all that great, and I really don't care for sandals.  So I go barefoot indoors and in the shed, and sometimes to check the mailbox if it's one of those rare days below 90 F.  Otherwise, I have some old ratty slip sandals for traversing the street to the box.  120 F air temp equates to pavement hot enough to actually cook an egg, and there have been many demonstrations to educate the unbeliever.
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I don't do shoes... And I don't look down either.  That's probably why I almost stepped on a snake in Ron's back yard.  He warned me about ticks, but he didn't tell me about the snakes!!

Anyway - Cape Cod is a great place to go barefooted.  Why would one wear shoes of any kind when it's so much fun to let warm sand run between the toes?

Foot cream is a MUST - Lots of it...
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8 posted 01-29-2005 10:34 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Okay, I find myself absolutely compelled to respond to this thread (much to Ali's chargrin...in a minute, I'm sure) because I have actually seen his feet...

and they are SO cute!  *laughing*  I used to tease him and tell him he had flintstone feet.  

Sorry baby  (okay, not much - but oh thanks for the reminder of a time when I could laugh)



PS - And, yes, I too find that my feet are much more comfortable without anything on them.  And Serenity, slugs are the worst...second in line?  SUGAR.  BRRRR
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9 posted 01-29-2005 10:42 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

I can do my best writing, only when barefoot!
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10 posted 01-29-2005 11:33 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

What are shoes?
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Why do I have this image of West Virginia
and a sixteen year old erstwhile vixen
named Ellie Mae?

P.S.

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[This message has been edited by Huan Yi (01-30-2005 12:32 AM).]

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No shoes for me. I do wear socks a lot around the house but if I want to go out and get the mail or anything then I just shed the socks and go barefoot. They're thin socks, because I can't stand a seam on my toes. Tight socks, because I can't stand them loose. And black. Because black socks never get dirty...

I used to go without socks more often, but at a young age my parents discovered that spiders and I have a magnetic reaction with eachother. Somehow, they cling to me. So I started wearing socks to bed because I hate spider bites on my feet. But during the summer when fewer bugs bother me my shoes go back to the closet and stay there.

God bless feet.
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13 posted 01-30-2005 10:21 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

I go barefoot at home all the time. I like to be barefoot in the yard in spring and summer because we finally killed all the crabgrass and other ickies and it feels velvety-spongy. I only wear shoes to work and to the grocery store. Other than that, I prefer my feet to be nude.
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14 posted 01-30-2005 01:00 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well, I sure love my shoes but I love going barefoot too, so it's all in the balance.  I got some of the girls in here hooked on ma beaded footsie girlie jewelry too     See Ali?


There's nothing prettier than a sexy foot really, dressed and ready to go.  
However, it has to be a well-manacured, taken-care-of foot.  
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15 posted 01-30-2005 03:36 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

*sobbing*  I am a foo-foo girly girl!!

I have about 25 pairs of shoes...I love them.

I hate going barefoot...not even in the house (just socks there).

Slugs?  you think?  what about dog poo!  (my Dad, he didn't stop whining for days..no pun intended)

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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16 posted 01-30-2005 03:38 PM       View Profile for Kellie_Cantrell   Email Kellie_Cantrell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kellie_Cantrell

I have a foot phobia.

Okay, so it sounds worse than it is. I have extremely ticklish feet so I can't stand anything on them... socks shoes whatnot. So I were flip-flops... I can barely stand them but if I have to wear something on my feet it is the least amount as possible.

I can run on gravel..sprint too. Jump up and down.. I can't cartwheel though because my hands aren't used to it. and I can spend 365 days barefoot. even in the snow. As long as nobody makes me wear my shoes. I have 44 pairs of flip-flops.and( 1 pair of tennis shoes and 1 pair of nice black dress up shoes) that i hardly ever wear
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17 posted 01-30-2005 06:48 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

I love goin' barefoot..in the summertime that is. But, like Karen, cannot stand to have dirty feet so I am constantly scrubbing them throughout those hot, hazy days. I don't, however, like walking barefoot on wet grass for some strange reason. Gee....maybe it's because of those slugs Karen was talking about.
   Sharon! Where can I get me a pair of those hotsy totsy foot fandangles?! Huh? Please tell!
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18 posted 01-30-2005 06:53 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

E-Bay!

(Sharon graciously gifted me with a jeweled pair and I love them!)

I have several sets now. (I started doing that so I could go into stores barefoot--no shoes, no service? Ha--tell me dem ain't shoes!)

But alas, as a life time barefooter, I do not have picturesque feet--but perhaps...

hmmm...

maybe.

(and btw? Dog poop ain't the worst--it cleans off easy. Slugs? sigh...if you don't know yet, consider yourself fortunate.)

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"Why do I have this image of West Virginia
and a sixteen year old erstwhile vixen
named Ellie Mae?"

I'm not 16 and I'm definently no vixen, but I am from the GREAT state of West Virginia, and it's a sometimes thing for me. It was much more as a child, but now I'm a grown up (sigh). I always walk in the balls and toes of my feet, even in shoes, ever since I started walking. My mom even took me to the doctor to see if I was ok, and she just said "It's ok, she'll just always be careful"

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

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Loved loved being barefoot as a child. I am o.k. with it now. I usually walk on the outer sides of my feet. I am not sure why. I think the next thing closest to walking on a slug is walking in chicken and dog poop. uuuurrrrgggg!!!!!!!!!
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Hate shoes, going back as far as before I was born, hehe....was barefoot all the time...and today, in the winter, I wear these really neat woolen thingys which have little tiny skid things on the bottom...love em....

hehehehhe, laughing at Serenity's comments...

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22 posted 01-31-2005 06:58 PM       View Profile for Capricious   Email Capricious   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Capricious

I am a bit of both ...

I love going barefoot, and usually do so when I am at home.  In the summer I wear sandals outside only because the pavement gets so very hot, and for some reason I have a hard time driving barefoot (driving standard anyway).

However, I have more shoes than I'll ever need.  In fact, more than fit in my closet (which is admittedly tiny), so they're constantly spilling out onto the floor, and I'm always tripping barefoot over my shoes.  
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23 posted 01-31-2005 07:26 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Heh, I've always been a minimalist.  One pair of Vibram soled hiking boots, pair of off-white  canvas decks for general running around when not wearing boots or doing below house work, and slightly chewed sandals for checking the mail when the asphalt is soft.  The rest of the time, either barefoot, or socked if too chilly.  Never could get the hang of barefoot clutching, or even with sandals.  Just don't feel right, especially while continually shifting during traffic.
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lets go back to that foot jewelry for a sec..

reminds me of a set of cool bracelets I got from Hot Topic once...but this is a family forum...

with that in mind, doesn't the foot jewelry get in the way of things?  i.e. snag on stuff?  break and go flying everywhere?  

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

[This message has been edited by Susan Caldwell (01-31-2005 09:02 PM).]

 
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