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9 hours ago, poptart said:

Anyone use barefoot/minimalist/zero drop shoes?  I'm transitioning to them starting with a pair of vibrams I picked up over the holidays.   These things are amazing btw.

Just Birkenstocks. ;) 

If my second toes weren’t so long that they screwed up my step, I would be so into these.  Went barefoot in my youth whenever possible, including running in snow.

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15 minutes ago, Calm said:

Went barefoot in my youth whenever possible, including running in snow.

Same. Our dirt road would ice over for a few months in winter. I'd walk the 400 yards to the mailbox and back barefoot.

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14 hours ago, Chum said:

Same. Our dirt road would ice over for a few months in winter. I'd walk the 400 yards to the mailbox and back barefoot.

When I tried, in my teens to pretend to be a cool bohemian, I tried the barefoot thing. My mother was not amused, stating that being barefoot was vulgar. So that was it, I gave it up...not sure if it was to please my mum, or I couldn't cope with the idea of being vulgar. However, I found out from someone who knew my mother as a child, and he said that her family were very poor and they ran around barefoot. Maybe her reaction was due to her unhappy childhood memories. 

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23 hours ago, Calm said:

Just Birkenstocks. ;) 

If my second toes weren’t so long that they screwed up my step,

I resemble that. I wear Teva salt water sandals when I'm not at work. When we went cruising in our sailboat for six years I didn't wear shoes. I wore sandals or went barefooted. That was really tough going back to work.

 

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44 minutes ago, Olmec Donald said:

Mine too.

I was once told that having a long second toe was a sign of being a smart-@$$.

I think it's just a sign of having a short big toe.

Make sure your shoes are supportive and you exercise your toes, otherwise you may get lasting pain in your feet which gets misdiagnosed for 25 years.

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1 hour ago, Calm said:

Make sure your shoes are supportive and you exercise your toes, otherwise you may get lasting pain in your feet which gets misdiagnosed for 25 years.

I walk barefoot inside and outside in the grass a lot.  

I used to compete in a sport that was played barefoot, and my toes were perpetually taped to one another, either as prevention of toe sprains or as treatment for them.  I don't miss that part of it.  

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On 1/11/2022 at 10:32 PM, Calm said:

Just Birkenstocks. ;) 

If my second toes weren’t so long that they screwed up my step, I would be so into these.  Went barefoot in my youth whenever possible, including running in snow.

Nothing wrong with Birkenstocks, oldest brother wears em to work.  That sucks, assuming you've tried?  Mom went barefoot everywhere as a child, have to wonder how bad the syringe problem is in Hawaii now, sad.

On 1/12/2022 at 1:47 PM, Orthodox Christian said:

When I tried, in my teens to pretend to be a cool bohemian, I tried the barefoot thing. My mother was not amused, stating that being barefoot was vulgar. So that was it, I gave it up...not sure if it was to please my mum, or I couldn't cope with the idea of being vulgar. However, I found out from someone who knew my mother as a child, and he said that her family were very poor and they ran around barefoot. Maybe her reaction was due to her unhappy childhood memories. 

It's really interesting to see how different cultures do things, family back home still goes barefoot in places, that and sandals, no shame at all.  Then again, they are Polynesian/Asian.

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I used to jog barefoot. Took a while to build up calluses.’

Later had to learn how to do a basic pedicure on my feet to get the stupid calluses off. Took about a week. Was weird to have feeling in my feet again. I still am barefoot whenever acceptable but I don’t jog anymore. I do my kickboxing workouts barefoot but I think that is normal.

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5 hours ago, The Nehor said:

I used to jog barefoot. Took a while to build up calluses.’

Later had to learn how to do a basic pedicure on my feet to get the stupid calluses off. Took about a week. Was weird to have feeling in my feet again. I still am barefoot whenever acceptable but I don’t jog anymore. I do my kickboxing workouts barefoot but I think that is normal.

I leave em on, protection and what not.  It is I think, most martial arts are that way. If you know anyone who does kendo their feet have thick calluses from all the footwork, they could probably walk on glass (joking...)

Another thing that comes to mind walking barefoot, hobbits.  Don't have the hairy feet but I think the hobbits had that part right along with everyone else.  Everyone loves the elves and dwarves, hobbits where the smart ones I think. 

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On 1/14/2022 at 3:47 PM, poptart said:

Nothing wrong with Birkenstocks, oldest brother wears em to work.  That sucks, assuming you've tried?  Mom went barefoot everywhere as a child, have to wonder how bad the syringe problem is in Hawaii now, sad.

It's really interesting to see how different cultures do things, family back home still goes barefoot in places, that and sandals, no shame at all.  Then again, they are Polynesian/Asian.

We had a lady who would come to church in bare feet.  I was amazed by how upset many of the members of my central Utah ward became.  My wife was RS president and she would received multiple requests each week for her to convince the sister to start wearing shoes.  I use to wear my Birkenstocks to work and to church.  No one complained, but then again I did wear them with socks.

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