Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why can we walk barefoot on beach and not on mountain?

This search query made me giggle, so I wanted to share it. 

I'm not sure that the author of that question could find the answer on my blog.  In fact, I would advocate walking barefoot on the beach, on the mountain, wherever your wandering feet take you... as long as there's no broken glass or hypodermic needles.  Some of the best rock climbers climb barefoot.

Just for the record, I don't advocate walking barefoot at work (except in the privacy of your own office, or maybe at an off-site, outdoor retreat).  Nor do I suggest walking barefoot on public transit (though I've seen it done), in crowded dance clubs and bars (smashed tootsies), or in restaurants (against health code).  You can probably get away with it at the symphony, though, if you wear a long down/ floor length pants.

Here ends today's public service announcement.


claire said...

I love walking around barefoot, but agree there are times where it really isn't feasible in today's society. Winter time gets a bit chilly on the toes as well.

Anonymous said...

Just F.Y.I. - true except for one - it is not against any health code in the US to go barefoot in any restaurant or store. One of those 'urban myths'. Restaurants make up their own appearance-based dress codes. "Shirts and Shoes Required" is the same as 'jackets required', just their preference. Those anti-barefoot signs first appeared in the US during the end of the 1960s to keep hippies out. Lots of rebellious young people then were going barefoot everywhere, including stores, urban areas, and many conservative older people who grew up before the 1960s when most people got dressed up to go out anywhere, disliked it. If it was against health codes to go barefoot into a restaurant, then they could not have beachside restaurants where people only wearing bathing suits come up all day and are served. And germs are spread by people's hands, not feet.