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Old 06.10.2011, 07:43
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Re: Kids without shoes

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I remember my embarrassment when one of my friends was showing me round her house.

I'd taken my shoes off upon arrival, as normal, and padded quite happily upstairs and down until she led me down the gravel path in her garden.

How was I to know that she'd grown up in Zimbabwe and developed soles like leather in the process?

Ouch.

Good job she didn't show you her "secret balcony". That would have been even more painful
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Old 06.10.2011, 08:37
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In Australia my nephew goes to school without shoes. It's quite the norm there!
Indeed it is.
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Old 06.10.2011, 08:52
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Re: Kids without shoes

I also think that kids that grow up barefoot are better at sport.

There seems to be some sort of Proprioceptive advantage to running barefoot that other kids don't have.

....... not a lot of shoes in Africa




Next time you are in the park or on the beach, take your shoes off..... the way you feel the ground when you run is completely different.


Shoes have their place (i.e. for protection against the environment, climate, added traction, etc.), but where you can safely go without, you should.


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We evolved without shoes. So you should seriously question why we need them (as stated above)
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Old 06.10.2011, 09:13
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Nope not the outback, Cairns. Urbanised area, not the country.
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Old 06.10.2011, 10:59
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Re: Kids without shoes

Many of the places I grew up it was warm enough to go barefoot outside most of the year - although when we lived in the Mojave desert in Cali, the streets were too hot for our poor lil feet. Grass was no problem though.

We were barefoot, or as close as we could get to it all the time there, and when I lived in Hawaii as well. I don't recall many places with the ubiquitous "no shoes no shirt no service" signs there, although I'm sure it was a given that shoes were to be worn at some of the fancier restaurants, maybe it was fine without even there.

Ahh... I miss not only being able, but being more-or-less "expected" to be barefoot or in sandals all the time. Although here, it seems not such a big deal is made about open toed shoes and whatnot, even my old gyn was wearing birkenstocks (with socks) when seeing patients.
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There must be a few Saffs here that , like me , played bare foot Rugby in Transvaal ? What the hell were those ball/jack type thorns that , when belting down the right wing , would cause me to pull up and hop the rest of the way ?
We called them "Devil Thorns". Little round things with spikes on all sides - growing close to the ground - and they`d stick in barefeet!

The Blackjacks grow on tall stems and were the ones that got stuck in socks, and pants legs.
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I also think that kids that grow up barefoot are better at sport.

There seems to be some sort of Proprioceptive advantage to running barefoot that other kids don't have.

....... not a lot of shoes in Africa




Next time you are in the park or on the beach, take your shoes off..... the way you feel the ground when you run is completely different.


Shoes have their place (i.e. for protection against the environment, climate, added traction, etc.), but where you can safely go without, you should.


Don't forget,
We evolved without shoes. So you should seriously question why we need them (as stated above)
Anyone heard the theory about having one`s barefeet in contact with the earth ...... for ridding electricity build-up in the body?

To sit with ones feet on grass is most relaxing, and rids the body of stress build-up too.

I used to sit for about an hour outside, on the grass, after working in a hurly-burly noisy environment - to relax enough to sleep - it really worked well! Could feel the stress draining out into the earth thru my feet!
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Old 06.10.2011, 11:59
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Re: Kids without shoes

And what do you do when you visit an appartment where the shoes are parked on the doorstep before the beige wall to wall carpet begins?
Ask to borrow some flip flops I guess!
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And what do you do when you visit an appartment where the shoes are parked on the doorstep before the beige wall to wall carpet begins?
Ask to borrow some flip flops I guess!
In some countries, I have found that guests either bring their inside shoes ( or slippers) with them, or the host has spare pairs that are offered to guests. In one place I found that it was considered dirty for me to be wearing just my socks ( presumably because they had been inside potentially dirty shoes.)

In other places it is considered inappropriate to be wearing any shoes inside. In Thailand, I found schools where children lined their shoes outside the classroom. Socks, or barefeet were acceptable inside. I actually had one interview with a barefooted Director. Outside though, I was told that everyone should wear shoes to prevent snake bites, fungus infections etc.

Traditional NZ Maori houses have shoes lined up outside, something that has been adopted by many other people as well - especially where carpets are fitted inside. This is also the practice in some primary schools.

My personal take is that feet are healthier, growing toes are less likely to be developing out of position and balance develops better when going barefooted a lot. Consequently, my preference is for children to be barefooted as much as possible.

In Basel, there is a Barefoot Walking Trail, in the riverside park just below the lock, Go for a barefooted walk along the 2-300 metres, then think about how you feet are feeling - generally they are tingling warm with the stimulation that has encouraged more bloodflow.
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In Basel, there is a Barefoot Walking Trail, in the riverside park just below the lock, Go for a barefooted walk along the 2-300 metres, then think about how you feet are feeling - generally they are tingling warm with the stimulation that has encouraged more bloodflow.
There's a great one in Engelberg (Brunni) too http://www.brunni.ch/en/summer-activ...kle-trail.html
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Re: Kids without shoes

I'm not exactly sure why, being Australian and all, but I can tolerate a fair amount of cold before becoming uncomfortable, and my feet even more so!

I remember last time I was living here in Switzerland, it was the end of January, and the first time we had 2 consecutive days above 10 degrees, so when we were heading outside I went straight to my thongs (flip flops)!

Also, not sure if it is just in this area (Bern), but almost every time I wear them, I get asked if I'm on holidays... I know they aren't serious all the time, but do people really only go barefoot, or wear flip flops on holidays?! That really is sad!
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Old 06.10.2011, 15:21
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Re: Kids without shoes

Hmmm....I don't really think I have a thing for grocery feet, really



I don't mind grass, beach, back yard..but modern dust and big city grime, on my feet? Nein, danke. It is actually often full of industrial mess, glass shreds, you name it. Bucolic village and kids walking in shallow brooks, wouldn't phase me.

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.........snipped...... Socks, or barefeet were acceptable inside.....snipped...... fungus infections etc.

snipped.......- especially where carpets are fitted inside. This is also the practice in some primary schools.

My personal take is that feet are healthier, growing toes are less likely to be developing out of position and balance develops better when going barefooted a lot. Consequently, my preference is for children to be barefooted as much as possible.

......snipped.....think about how you feet are feeling - generally they are tingling warm with the stimulation that has encouraged more bloodflow.
Ja, tis my feeling too... that feet are healthier without shoes, as much as possible.

BUT ..... that horrible infection known as Planters Wart, or Veruca, is picked up from fitted carpets!

Natural, outdoors, in a clean environment, is okay.

City streets and pavements? NO. The soles of the feet are very sensitive, and can pick up infections very easily.

Anyone who has experienced the benefits of Reflexology may appreciate that fact? (How sensitive the feet are)

Also ... just about every foot I have seen "unclothed" here in CH has a nail fungus infection! And I put that down to the feet being permanently clothed in socks and shoes - all nice and dark, humid, and warm!
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..... that horrible infection known as Planters Wart, or Veruca, is picked up from fitted carpets!
I am not disputing the above, but am curious as to whether this is actually the case. I had always thought that these infections came from damp, places such as swimming pool/shower floor areas. I am happy to be enlightened, if they are also transferable from dry carpets. Thanks.
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Re: Kids without shoes

Am I the only one who hates going barefoot.

I always wear socks or shoes (or flipflops rarely) the thought of walking on grass freaks the crap out of me (barefoot). I really cant do it, on pavement ok sometimes but only when clean......

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Growing up in Louisiana the schools had paranoid laws about hookworm so we were never allowed barefoot at school. I also remember having to get a tetanus shot as a child because i walked on a rusty nail at a beach house. I love being barefoot at home but can't stand the idea of even being in open shoes outside. When I wear flipflops I feel like my feet are dirty.
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This is a form of advertisement for the cleanliness of Switzerland !
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Re: Kids without shoes

Interesting, never seen kids run around without shoes here, except my own. They hate shoes, but when outside our property I make them wear them because I don't want them forgetting to wash and then putting their feet on their beds or the sofa or worse a table....kids do crazy things...my main worries would be cuts and stepping on broken bottles or bottle caps....
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Re: Kids without shoes

Children without shoes? Fine.
But I have seen a ton of teenagers here walking without shoes on the street, and that I find abnormal. Just two weeks ago I saw a girl walking completely barefoot in Niederdorf (ZH) carrying her shoes in her hand, and three teenagers barefoot in the Zürich Haupbahnhof

I was told there's this new movement called ''Goa'', where these teens go live in the forest and try to eat out of garbage...and occasionally resurface to grace us on the trains with their smelly feet and hair full of twigs and dirt. I don't care how ''one with the earth'' they are, I would like this trend to stop!
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Children without shoes? Fine.
But I have seen a ton of teenagers here walking without shoes on the street, and that I find abnormal. Just two weeks ago I saw a girl walking completely barefoot in Niederdorf (ZH) carrying her shoes in her hand, and three teenagers barefoot in the Zürich Haupbahnhof

I was told there's this new movement called ''Goa'', where these teens go live in the forest and try to eat out of garbage...and occasionally resurface to grace us on the trains with their smelly feet and hair full of twigs and dirt. I don't care how ''one with the earth'' they are, I would like this trend to stop!
Well .... that`s interesting. Was that not the "name" of the worlds continents before they seperated .... theory?

Chatting about this subject the other day, I was surprised to learn that there`s a trend now to have certain (private)kindergartens where the kids play around barefoot outside and get really mucky in dirt and sand .......no washing of hands, etc ...... part of a natural immunisation theory. Trying to get past the sterile environment they are subjected to with everything sterilized and clean, as contributing to all the allergies surfacing these days.
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