Non-Running Barefoot Aha Moment

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  1. Barefoot Brown

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    My girlfriend bought me a birthday ticket to go to Lazerfest this year, our local outdoor all day rock show. This event normally brings in around 30,000 people each year. I was a little hesitant to go as I hadn't been to one of these kinds of shows since Ozzfest some years ago, but at the same time, I just finished my first semester of nursing school and really needed to just let loose. It had been raining 2 days previous to the event, and was supposed to rain the morning of the show as well. I just knew that it was going to be a muddy mess, so I went to Walmart and bought me a $7 pair of water shoes. If I were to lose them, so be it.

    Upon arriving to the show, I could not believe how muddy it turned out to be. I was expecting some mud, but this was the kind that made it hard for you to move because your foot would get stuck a little bit each step. I'm sure you can take a guess at what my next move was... I lost the shoes! I tried to keep them on, but after thirty minutes of struggling, it was kind of a no brainer.

    After I removed my shoes, I could not believe how absolutely phenomenal it felt. The ground was much warmer than I had expected, and the soft mud squishing between my toes was exhilarating. Immediately I could feel the impact my shoes had on the way my feet were designed to function. I was able to dig my toes into the mud for balance, and lift them back out of the mud with ease. I moved around so well that I was helping disabled people get around in their wheelchairs, because everyone in their shoes were just slipping and sliding. I will admit that I had my fair share of sliding around, but once my feet learned how to maneuver in the mud, I was able to move anywhere with precision.

    The rest of the show was spent, more of less, trying to convince other people to take off their shoes. I was walking around on Cloud 9, and I wanted others to float around with me. The part that was really irritating to me was that most people were looking at me like I was weird. Seriously??? I actually felt that by them keeping their shoes on, they were kind of weird. Come on people, your wearing around these 10 lb shoes, and you wonder why you can't move and you keep sliding! The only people that I could find with their shoes off, were girls that chose to wear flip flops to the show. Each one of them that I spoke with told me how amazing it felt to have their shoes off. I eventually became obsessed with trying to talk people into taking their shoes off. I even told my buddy that I would buy him a new pair of shoes if he took his off, so he did... and guess what... he loved it! It's absolutely amazing that so many people have these stereotypes about being barefoot. I know that I was guilty of it in the past as well, but I have always had an open mind. What is it going to take to make these people realize that our feet were designed to be free!??

    I was barefoot from about 3pm until midnight. Throughout the day, I slowly made the decision that I was going to try and get out the word about being barefoot. It was like a light bulb brightly lit up in my head about the benefits of being barefoot. Our feet hold up our whole entire body, and we wear shoes that make our feet weak. How does that make any sense whatsoever. Our feet should be the strongest part of our body. I believe that in life, we start at the bottom and continue to work our way to the top. I feel we should do the same when comparing that to the muscle strength in our body. We should strengthen from the bottom, (OUR FEET!!), and work our way to the top. I just came up with that and it sounds pretty good! :)

    Today my tenderfeet are still recovering from last nights craze. I'm pretty sure I worked every last muscle in my feet, and they are shouting at me today. I love it! Just goes to show how much work those mucles DON'T get in shoes. If anyone else has a wonderful barefoot experience aside from running, please share!

    Barefoot Brown

    Note: Not sure if I posted this in the correct forum. Apologize in advance if incorrect.
     
  2. khyricat

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    and this is why I barefoot

    and this is why I barefoot whenever I can (there are times and places its not appropriate, but I'm minimalist shoes now only too...

    I love the feel underfoot of all the different surfaces and my feet look nice with minimal attention- I used to get horribly cracked skin and all kinds of nasty callousses when I wore shoes regularly.

    Unfortunately, going bare all the time isn't an option when you work with food and live in MI (winter).. but I love being bare when I can be.
     
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    Can I just say... MUD TOTALLY

    Can I just say... MUD TOTALLY ROCKS!! Barefoot, naked, whatever... it just rocks!
     

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  4. Barefoot Dama

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    That is so cool I bet you

    That is so cool I bet you felt like a child again. I wish people would be more open minded and not so judgemental.

    If they could just try it themselves and feel the joy of what true freedom is.
     

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    Ah, Sire Brown, not afraid to

    Ah, Sire Brown, not afraid to take the shoes off and get a little muddy. My kind of people.
     
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  6. nature runner

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    I am barefoot all the time

    I am barefoot all the time everywhere except work. My bare feet love me for it! I went on vacation to Florida last week, no shoes for 4 days. My feet are so conditioned I can walk on black Florida pavement barefoot and it feels so good. The more you go barefoot the better it feels. Nothing can replace the connection you get with Earth than when you are totally barefoot! I am glad someone else on here likes it besides me yay! check out www.barefooters.org.
     
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  7. khyricat

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    I was helping a friend garden

    I was helping a friend garden and kept wandering into the muddy spot in the lawn.. ON PURPOSE yesterday.. I LOVE the mud feeling, did make my pants need desperate cleaning and DID need to wash my feet off before bed in the tub, not just a quick wipe down, but SO worth it.. the fresh cut grass, dirt and mud all felt so good. I also drove both ways barefoot (3.5 hours from home).. and realized that I get less stressed and less tired on long drives when I drive bare then when I drive shod.. unfortunately, the ohio turnpike rest areas have signs on the doors that state shoes and shirts are required to go in and use the bathroom, so I did have to put them on occasionally
     
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  8. C. Beth Run.

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    Cool mud experience......but

    Cool mud experience...

    ...but not nearly as cool as that avatar, which is the coolest one EVER. :)
     

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    i remember the first time on

    i remember the first time on a long hike(15mi in, 15mi out camping) i took off the 10lb hiking boots that went mid shin and walked down the middle of a nothern (NC is north of FL, lol) creek with barefeet while everyone else fought their way through the brush next to the creek. soft silt/mud on the bottom and cold mountain water... heaven.
     
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