Are you a barefoot SAHM?

Stef - posted on 02/14/2012 ( 37 moms have responded )

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Hi, Im a new member to Circle of Moms from New Zealand, mummy of two gorgeous boys aged 3 and 5 years. Im a really keen barefoot mummy, which is quite common down here in NZ. Just wondered if any other mums enjoyed being barefoot too? I tend to go barefoot everywhere I can, mall shopping, restaurants, family and school trips, literally everywhere. We are very tolerant of a barefoot lifestyle down here, we do not have a 'no shoes, no service' policy which they do in some parts of the US.



Be really interested in any comments you have and any barefoot mummy's out there?

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Vibram Shoes- My brother has a pair. Here is the website. Never bought anything from them but might be a starter point. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/index.h...



Stride-rite makes a begining walking shoes that is alot like the Vibram's. My daughter had to have them when she started walking because she had hip issues. Vibrams does have shoes for kids too.

**Jackie** - posted on 02/21/2012

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Lucky duck! You can't walk around bare foot where I live. I wear flip flops unless it snows though. Everyone is always like "aren't your feet cold"? I feel like saying "does your mouth ever close?" hehe

Emma - posted on 02/20/2012

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im also a kiwi, but living in oz. i hear theres a noshoesnoservice policy in the cities here, but im halfway into the outback. i only ever wear shoes in public when the roads and footpaths r too hot to walk on barefoot, and my 2yr old doesnt even own any shoes that fit her at the mo. i find it amusing how there's this idea that its unhygeinic to not wear shoes, that ur likely to catch diseases from it, when in actual fact, inless ur living in a hihgly populated city where u might stand on a used hypodermic needle or something, im certain that its far more hygeinic to NOT wear shoes. they r the biggest bacteria and fungus breeders out. how often do we routinely wash our shoes? especially sports shoes. i even go to the gym in bare feet. i personally wash the soles of my feet far more often than i wash the soles of my shoes too, so anything that i would stand on in public areas has way less of a chance to breed if its on my feet than if its on my shoes, being traipsed absolutely everywhere i go.

for any skeptics out there, i recommend u look up the barefoot running trend that is taking off around the globe. as it turns out, we weren't designed to wear shoes people. theyr not good for us, theyv turned into more of a status symbol than an actual necessity. if we were meant to wear shoes, we would grow our own hooves. barefoot is way better for building up all the necessary ligaments and muscles for good posture and overall health. this coming from a former Formthodics client.

peace :)

Chantelle - posted on 02/16/2012

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Actually it is good for your body to be barefoot. Most shoes have a tendency to train you to walk incorrectly (heel then toe), so then it does hurt when you go barefoot since your muscles are trained to walk one way but your body is designed to walk another. We were evolved/designed without much in the way of heel cushion because the heel is supposed to be a spring not a point of first contact.

Selina - posted on 02/16/2012

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Im barefoot rnd house and dwn in garage driveway etc wen go out need to wear sumthen as pple dnt cre wot they throw on grnd glass needles etc so i wear thongs

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Carla - posted on 08/07/2013

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I dislike being barefoot, the ground and floor can be dirty. Plus not everyone has the nicest feet.

Carla - posted on 08/07/2013

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I find that to be gross. I wouldn't want to eat at a resturant and have to see someones barefeet while I eat.

AnnMarie - posted on 03/14/2012

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If I can get away with not wearing shoes I do. I've never liked to wear shoes & have always run around barefoot. I never wear them in the house, only in the yard to pick up dog poop, I bring them with in the car because you can be ticketed for not wearing shoes, but I prefer to drive without them on. My kids only wear shoes when they go out. they also go without socks most of the time. I only wear socks with boots or running shoes. The only major problems I've had in 30+ years of being barefoot is one broken little toe & one giant sliver when I was 9.

Sherri - posted on 03/13/2012

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When my Son was at the age to start wearing "big boy shoes" I did some research and found that it is healthier to not wear shoes. As much as possible. My Son really can't stand having to wear them now. He has very good balance and his little toes are spead nicely, like they are meant to be. I defintely agree that no shoes is the way to go. If only the US was as open to not having them be a requirement for entering businesses. I do understand the concern, but one of the things I love about the US is our freedom. Which I guess there is always limitations to that. :)

Gabrielle - posted on 03/05/2012

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at home i go barefoot. even to go outside to feed the dog and rabbit. if i go to the store or something i have to wear shoes.

Marylouise - posted on 02/27/2012

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Welcome!

I love being barefoot, but my climate doesn't allow it much here. We live in upstate NY.

Crystal - posted on 02/26/2012

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I have actually gone hiking barefoot here in the US, although my guide was skeptical at first. I've never worried too much about what I might be stepping in or on. I only get worried about the cement or asphalt being too hot.



I get criticized by random strangers for not keeping my little children in shoes. Honestly, it's difficult to find shoes for a 2 year old that are not stiff and uncomfortable. I have a hard time putting her in shoes that I wouldn't want to wear. And, let's face it, a 5 month old really doesn't need shoes since he's not walking yet. Maybe just socks to keep his feet warm.



Most of the time I wear flip-flops when I go out. Very few places here in the US are OK with no shoes. I'd hate to go through all the trouble of getting the munchkins ready to go somewhere only to get kicked out 'cause I'm not wearing footwear.

Stef - posted on 02/24/2012

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In in Auckland , live out east between Howick and Pakuranga for anyone who knows. Weather in New Zealand is quite temperate, doesnt snow at all , summer here now which hasnt been the greatest one. Being barefoot is quite natural for me, and certainly completely tolerated in shopping malls etc, Ive never had any issue at all.

Sarah - posted on 02/23/2012

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I never wear socks or shoes around my house or yard (except in winter outside). I wear sandals pretty much year round here (with socks in winter cause it gets -40 here sometimes). I just hate the weight of shoes. Shoes are mandatory pretty much everywhere though here.

Jade - posted on 02/22/2012

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This is such an interesting conversation going on, I had to add to it. :)

I have never heard of a barefoot mom....but, I guess I am one to some extent! I hate socks and shoes and always have, although I do have to wear them driving and shopping. My friends laugh because even when it's below zero outside, I NEVER wear socks. In the summer, I don't think I ever put a sock on, only flip-flops.

My son has also picked up this habit and says "I don't yike socks." haha. :)

Tiffany - posted on 02/22/2012

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I like going barefoot. I just wish it was clean enough here to go that way all the time. Too much glass litters the streets and sidewalks. Some people don't respect their surroundings, the beauty around them, or keeping the areas clean. :( My grandma would tell me that I needed to get my shoes on but I wouldn't. I had tough feet because I would run across our gravel driveway. I would play in our woods with no shoes too. :)

User - posted on 02/21/2012

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Hi, I'm also in NZ. I never wear shoes at home, but when I go out I always have shoes on...I guess more for because I think socially its more accepted. It's usually just jandels (flip flops). Where about's in NZ are you?

Nikki - posted on 02/21/2012

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Love being barefoot anywhere anytime! I wish it was warmer so I didn't have to wear shoes, it's too cold right now. Usually if it's warm enough I will be in barefeet or thongs. It's so much more comfortable.

Melanie - posted on 02/19/2012

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By the way I live in tx and we have snakes even in the city, scorpions, black widows, centipedes etc... So we have to be careful outside we do it anyway in the yard.

Nikki - posted on 02/17/2012

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I never wear shoes at home, generally I wear thongs when I go out. Occasionally I go to the local shop with no shoes.

Stifler's - posted on 02/16/2012

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I am barefoot in my house. But I wear flats or pluggers to go somewhere. I've been to the servo with no shoes before and no one said anything. There's no no shoes no shirt no service policy in queensland.

Jocelyn - posted on 02/16/2012

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That's funny...I've actually never heard of that! I was thinking "yeah, I'm a barefoot mom, I'm barefoot right now" haha...but I can't say that I like it out doors. I am always surprised when my kids can go running around but I can't! I love flip flops but that is as close as I can get! haha

Melanie - posted on 02/16/2012

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I don't go out in public bare foot but I sure love the feel of clean hard wood floors and tile in my house. Oh and the beach of course.

Jill - posted on 02/16/2012

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i love being in my bare feet but i'm not so keen about going out and about without shoes. i agree with tasha. it's not very sanitary to walk around without shoes where i live. perhaps i've gotten quite snobbish about dirty feet walking around my clean floors/carpet and putting dirty feet up on my furniture. but i do insist on everyone taking off their shoes when they come in my house. makes me feel like my floors stay cleaner longer.



i do have concerns with walking around in my bare feet all the time as it's very hard on my legs and back. if i'm on my feet all day without shoes on, my legs ache all night long. i guess i'm getting old. :)

Jenna - posted on 02/15/2012

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Nope, I can't stand the feel of hard floor or carpet on my bare feet, so I always have on socks, slippers or flip-flops.

Jodi - posted on 02/15/2012

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I hate shoes...but being in the US, you HAVE to wear shoes to pretty much anyplace public. I can't count how many times I've gotten allll the way to the grocery store and had to go back home because I forgot my shoes!!!

Chantelle - posted on 02/15/2012

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I know the website, I think I am the smallest size, so I want to try them on before I buy.

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I wish it was like that here. I hate shoes. But people here have no concern in where they put things or how it might effect others.

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My daughter and I are both barefeet girls :)



I take my shoes off to drive or when going out to the car for something... Assuming there's no snow. However we are in the US which means in stores etc we have to wear shoes, usually flip flops for me even in snowy weather. When we lived in Vanuatu we went barefoot much more often.



Germs on my feet have never bothered me but I suppose when I start eating with my toes it may become an issue ;)



However I was careful in Vanuatu as it does get damp there and was warned about parasites. Where we lived I wasn't so worried but local homes dump trash out their back door and it gets swampy which can host parasites that can get into the bloodstream through the feet. But that's not so much a concern here in the US.

Stef - posted on 02/15/2012

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Yeah, I have seen those Vibrams online, dont think they are available retail down here in New Zealand. Must admit I do prefer to be barefoot when walking (try to walk round our neighbourhood for exercise haha!), our shopping malls are really clean so barefooting there is easy....our streets here in Auckland are really clean, never had an issue with broken glass or other crap at all.

Katherine - posted on 02/15/2012

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Chantelle, have you tried their site online? I forget what they're called but they have all sizes.

Chantelle - posted on 02/15/2012

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There are 'barefoot' shoes one can acquire. There are a couple of companies that make them, and they are pretty much just a glove for your foot, enough to keep the 'yuck' off of your feet. I have yet to find a pair in my size, but I keep looking. Until then I will continue to go barefoot as much as I can, though I haven't gone much further than the block or two around my house so far, and only when there is no snow on the ground.

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I live in Aust, in Sydney, and I am barefoot all the time at home, even in the winter I only have socks on.



I wouldn't go out with barefeet, because no one cares in our area. There is always trash and broken glass on the side walks.



Alot of places here are a "no shoes no service" style place.



I wish we could do more barefoot things.

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Wow, that is interesting! Katherine is right, there are very few places here that we can be barefoot. I do prefer bare feet though, much more comfortable. I never wear shoes in the house, rarely in the yard.

I grew up barefoot though, we were just that poor--I didn't have shoes--so I don't have the fear of picking up germs & such that many do, because I never got sick that way. I don't touch my feet a lot, so the germs don't have a way to get into my eyes, nose, mouth or ears where they can actually do harm. Because I didn't have shoes for most of my childhood, my feet are very tough, they do not scratch or cut open easily like the feet of many of my friends.



I do wash my feet before going into the house if I've been barefoot. Most homes down here have a little wash spigot by the door with a pan and some soap for washing the orange clay off of feet or boots.

Katherine - posted on 02/14/2012

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Wow, how interesting. Here in the states we really can't go barefoot and honestly I wouldn't want to with all the gunk and grime around. I mean especially at the malls, gas stations, public rest rooms ewww! I do at home in the summer, but not in public.

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I agree with Denikka- I love to go barefoot at home or in the yard, but I'm affraid of what could be outside my "bubble" lol. I wear flipflops as long as I can into the cold weather and then I wear my tennis shoes. "No shirt no shoes" policy was made to protect us....and trust me with some of the things people do its a good thing! lol

Denikka - posted on 02/14/2012

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I'm always barefoot inside the house :) Soon as I hit the door, socks come off with the shoes. I don't feel safe going out in public in bare feet (the disease/yuck what did I step in factor along with the potential for injury :P I'm a clutz :P), but inside my house or in my yard, absolutely :)

Even when I wear shoes out, I only actually wear real shoes (that require socks, like sneakers etc) when there's snow on the ground. The rest of the year I'm in flip flips (also called thong shoes).

I definitely encourage my kids (almost 3yrs and just over 1yr) to go shoeless/sockless around the the house just like I do. Such an awesome feelings to be without footwear :P

(BTW I live in mid Canada)

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