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.