The past few weeks have been really positive in the world of barefooting. It seems like people are more fascinated than ever at the sight of bare feet in a shod zone! Today I stopped by one of my favorite wifi hotspot coffee shops to do some work. The place I go to has a lot of comfy couches and a real eclectic crowd – there is always a new interesting person to meet as you will read further on.
Of course as normally the case, I was the only person in the entire place who was not only shoeless but sockless as well. I had been walking everywhere so my soles were pretty blackened and it was quite noticeable to others that I had been walking everywhere barefoot.
As I stepped outside to have a smoke, I sat on one of the benches opposite a couple of young women both bundled up and looking like they were freezing. One of them who was foreign, wearing a pair of suede boots with stockings that were almost neon colored pink asked me out right, “you always go barefoot?” I answered in the affirmative, adding that I had just met with 3 business prospects the day before while being barefoot. As testimony, I offered her a glimpse of my bare sole (I really love flashing the bottoms of my feet!)
We talked about what we do and she mentioned that in her country, Russia one of her American friends walked barefoot in the snow and people were shocked. We went on to talk about how American society, though theoretically free, seemed to frown more on bare feet than other cultures. She then related a story where she was working at a fair in Massachusetts, which was outdoors. She went barefoot and people were making negative comments. This was actually a first for me. An outdoor fair?? Summer??? What would be better than bare feet?
After we introduced ourselves to each other, she went back inside and I started talking to her friend. Like me, she was a freelance person and we had a whole conversation about the benefits of not having to work in an office. I gave her some ideas on creating websites and blogs as well as networking and we exchanged contact info.
After I went back inside I moved to a wider table where I could spread out. Across from me on a couch was a lady who was reading and had her high boots propped up. She smiled and commented “I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes to go barefoot.”
“What’s your excuse?” I smiled pointing to her boots.
“It gets hard sometimes to do it,” she replied. It turned out that she had moved to the area about two years ago after living in Pennsylvania where she went barefoot all the time. She said that she did it here too and people commented on her feet. We had a conversation about what we did for a living and I gave her some networking advice. Of course we talked about the health benefits of going barefoot and all the myths that society conjures up.
One of her observations in her experience in going barefoot is it gives you a more focused feeling as your feet are more grounded. And a warmer more intimate feeling as well.
“Hopefully I’ll see you again soon and I’ll be barefoot,” she said. I hope so.