LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

Barefoot In The Subway And Restaurant: People Massively Refuse To Wear Shoes

Date July 11, 2019 15:41

No wonder many people love beautiful shoes, since they provide the image of completeness and give an idea of your taste and position. Moreover, women use elegant footwear to ensure their image has greater femininity and attractiveness.

Interesting fact: you can now see more and more people walking barefoot even in public places. You can notice them in transport, restaurants, museums, and cinemas. No, they don’t have any problems with their shoes. They just refuse to wear them.

Barefooting is a new movement, even a new philosophy. In fact, it is a conscious decision to walk barefoot in everyday life or during sports activities to improve the health of their legs, immune system, and just mood. Agreed, it's nice to walk without shoes on the warm sand on the coast or fresh grass. But what about the asphalt or subway?

It would be fair to say that people were for centuries without shoes. In addition, there are a lot of sports (some types of wrestling, gymnastics, etc.) that involve barefooting. Many believe that footwear limits mobility and flexibility, leading to flat feet, the formation of tubercles, and Morton's neuromas. But not everyone goes barefoot just for these reasons.

Here are some opinions from netizens:

@Richard A. Johnson:

Walking barefoot, contrary to perception, isn't nearly as dangerous as people believe. People who walk barefoot, a.k.a. baredooters [sic], quickly learn to check the ground, they are about to step on, more thoroughly than people who are wearing shoes.

@Petra Eva:

I go barefoot because it allows me to one with our mother nature, absorbing her bio energy, otherwise blocked by shoes.

@Wei Shen:

Sometimes it's laziness. You can't find your shoes it's summer you don't want socks so you go barefoot.

@Daniel Rolfe:

I grew up in a wealthy country in a firmly middle class family. I had plenty of shoes. My mother thought it was healthy and all the other kids did it too, it was normal. I would spend the summers at a beach side trailer park and would hardly ever wear shoes.

@Paul Anthony:

Shoes weaken, hurt, and deform our feet; good feet are the foundation of good posture, gait, and healthy biomechanics.

Each barefooter has its own reasons for refusing shoes. Moreover, this is quite normal in a number of countries. For example, in Australia and New Zealand, you can meet many young people without shoes in the warm season, and this isn’t surprising. In Britain, this isn’t common in big cities, but the suburbs are full of barefoot children and teenagers from wealthy families. In South Africa, the white population is rather commonly noticed to not wear shoes in public. Mind you, in some US states, there are even bans on barefooting in a public place.

Walking without shoes (but mostly on soft surfaces) is useful because it contributes to:

  • gait and posture formation;

  • anatomically correct development of the feet and legs;

  • stability of the muscular system;

  • unity with nature;

  • comfort.

But we shouldn’t forget about the serious risks of such a decision:

  • high probability of injury (bruises, cracks, and wounds), as well as infections with bacterial or fungal diseases;

  • temperature effects on the feet;

  • discomfort with increased sensitivity.

Of course, it’s only up to you what shoes to wear where and whether to do it at all. But do you think it is necessary to walk barefoot on the streets, in the subway, or in other public places? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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