Monday, June 13, 2011

Hello and welcome!

My name is Sierra and I don't wear shoes. That's just a very basic summary of one aspect of my life. This blog explores that aspect and how it comes in to play with other aspects of my life. You will see my barefoot adventures in this blog, for that is exactly what my life is: an adventure.

I barefoot for the sheer pleasure of the sensation. All babies are born without shoes and their parents teach them to wear shoes as they get older. My parents taught me the dangers of going barefoot but allowed me to go barefoot when camping or playing outside as long as I was careful.

Of course I've had injuries as a result. It's going to happen no matter how careful I am. I stepped on more nails than I could count when I was a kid and I got a pretty bad tetanus infection when I was 13. I've had glass, barbed wire, and sticks slice my feet open and I do get a little frost nip in the winters. But in 20 years, I have only had to have medical attention as a result of barefooting twice: once for the tetanus and once to have glass removed from my foot. Both taught me to be more careful. I now stay up to date on my tetanus shots. None of my injuries have made me any less passionate about my barefoot lifestyle.

I encourage everyone to try going barefoot, even if it's just for a few minutes within the privacy of your bedroom. And when you see a barefooter, smile and wave. Free soles, free minds.

-Sierra-

4 comments:

  1. "I barefoot for the sheer pleasure of the sensation."

    But don't you develop calluses which removes the sensation?

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  2. Yes, my calluses remove or deaden certain sensations, but I don't have calluses over all of my feet. The arch of my foot is still rather soft. When I step in a puddle, I feel the wetness and the cool water. When I walk on hot cement, it warms my soles. Those are the sensations I love. Those are the sensations that being barefoot allows me to feel, more so than wearing shoes.

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  3. I live in Queens NY. I often visit a friend in Long Beach and go barefoot there, and I agree it's great. But in summer, on hot asphalt - YOW!

    Does one ever get used to hot asphalt, or even slate patio stones? Or just try to keep to grass and sidewalk concrete, since that seems to absorb less heat.

    I go shopping barefoot during the week, but at night, perhaps that isn't adequate? I've been glad to note that the biggest obstacle to the barefoot life is embarrassment. But most people don't care, and most businesses don't care, as long as you shop there.

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  4. I was reading now about half an hour in your interesting blog and i have to show you my respect about walking totally barefoot in every situation. sometimes it must be difficult, because of anti-barefoot-restrictions or prejudices, isn't it?
    i love barefooting in summertime, hiking barefoot and gardening. but never at work or on weddings.

    Greetings from the far and small Luxembourg :-)
    Christoph

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