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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.
I was told that by my Chiropodist, that fitted carpets have a deep down layer that retains a certain amount of moisture.

So I do not walk barefoot on other people`s carpets - in case there was an infection there.

Shower floor areas and swimming pools are where the nail fungus is picked up.
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I was told that by my Chiropodist, that fitted carpets have a deep down layer that retains a certain amount of moisture.

So I do not walk barefoot on other people`s carpets - in case there was an infection there.

Shower floor areas and swimming pools are where the nail fungus is picked up.
Isn't that being a tad neurotic? I'm barefoot all day around the office and at home, carpets, cobblestones in the garden, concrete, gravel and I'm still 100% alive, disease free. And then there's the sporting stuff, but that's for another thread......
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Old 07.10.2011, 15:51
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Well .... that`s interesting. Was that not the "name" of the worlds continents before they seperated .... theory?


I think you mean Pangea ?

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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!
You do what you do in mosques, you take off the shoes
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Wollishofener if you are BAREfoot there are No shoes to be taken off-only feet... i.e. put something on instead.
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Old 10.10.2011, 17:35
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Wollishofener if you are BAREfoot there are No shoes to be taken off-only feet... i.e. put something on instead.
If you are barefoot, the mosque-guards will expect you to wash your feet at facilities they always have ready for this
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Whatever, to go around barefoot, is a sign that you are out of a medieval and horrible and extremely poor environment
Nah, some people may feel strongly about or against it, but it is not such a black and white matter. It's more about personal values, what our parents taught us was acceptable/unacceptable, the specific circumstances (the place, climate, etc), and a lot more things. Sure, there are also objective issues that play a role, such as hygiene. There's no arguing that walking barefoot is less clean/more hazardous than walking in some kind of footwear - but bear in mind this doesn't automatically and always imply that using shoes is healthier. (Shoes are constrictive and feet will sweat a lot in them, among other things).

For instance, I have a partner who shares your feelings wholeheartedly and abhors the ideas of going barefoot (including me going barefoot ), even at home. Bare feet in my partner's view of the world are only acceptable if you're in the bathtub or in bed - and anyone going anywhere barefoot (even if it's only the other room in our flat) is a beast/savage.

I, by contrast, come from a completely different background, having being raised in family where going barefoot was fine in informal situations and as long as you had the good sense of not doing so in exceptionally filthy places. Going barefoot to school? That would have been a big no-no, as walking barefoot anywhere in town. But walking barefoot at home? In the garden? In a park? Acceptable, especially if you were a kid.

I used to roam around barefoot anywhere in the countryside - including running barefoot in pine forests or on searocks. Never had any infection or other health-related problem.
(This may sound surprising considering I am quite a manically clean person - verging on OCD. But some dust under my feet has never bothered me if I am enjoying a hike or climb - as long as I can wash them as soon as I am done )
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Dear Cheesey, you are totally right!
As you said: "it is 'normal' here, part of being swiss?", I think - yes, it is.
I have a baby-todler and I am always staring to those barefoot kids. Sea, lake, pool, grass, it is ok with me, but everywhere, nope. Sometimes is really cold outside, but, hey - parents don't care. It is strange to me, too.... :-)
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Keep seeing kids walking around Zurich and out hiking without shoes on. Clearly not a poverty thing. Is this 'normal' here, part of being swiss?
How the hell did you get "Thanked" for that OP?
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Wollishofner I was talking about an apartment with beige carpet etc. You brought the mosques into it...Oh, never mind...
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Personally, I prefer to be barefoot - although I've found walking barefoot in that horrible half-melted slushy snow makes me move far faster than normal.
If I can't be barefoot, though, I go socks & shoes - never sandals or thongs. So, for me, it's all or nothing on my feet!
I've found that I tend to avoid nasties and find goodies far more often when walking barefoot than when shod - for example, I used to regularly find cash lying on the ground outside shops, or even in the corridors of big shopping centres, and the only times I've stepped on chewing gum and other nasty substances I've been wearing shoes.

Oh, and gravel? It's not too bad, you just need to relax into it ... step with your whole foot relaxed, so the load is spread. Have only ever had one nasty incident with being barefoot on gravel, but I was twelve and had to sprint a hundred metres, carrying my seven-year-old cousin, to put them on a bus. Got them on, too, then had to use the tap in the park over the road to wash away the blood - ripped a flap of skin off on the part of my big toe that rarely touches the ground (you know, the narrow bit between the foot and the big pad that usually takes the impact - where the skin's relatively soft?).

Did get a nasty surprise recently, though, in the local Migros ... went in barefoot to pick up a few things, and was told sternly it was "absolut verbot barfuss zu sein!" (completely forbidden to be barefoot!) - this was in the drinks aisle, and he mentioned the possibility of broken glass, but I am yet to see anything on the floor in that Migros (let alone broken glass!). Very efficient staff there ...

As for visiting people while barefoot ... well, in Australia few people would take off their shoes at the door anyway (at least in my circle of friends & family!) and we'd have various animals wandering in and out too, so it was a moot point. Over here, I usually wear shoes when visiting people, so I can take them off at the door.
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