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Here’s another in my series of colorful characters, figures from that past who regularly went barefoot and became local legends. We often don’t find out too much about them. They’re just an anecdote buried in some old book somewhere.

But they are genuine people who just didn’t see the need for shoes. They relied on what nature supplied them, and then took advantage of it.

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Goss Hollow in Cantwell Cliffs

On Tuesday I decided I needed a short hike at Cantwell Cliffs. It had been about a week of on-and-off rain since my last hike, and my (bare) feet needed it. All of me needed it.

It also gave me a great opportunity to go off-trail and explore more of the area. My goal was to head into Goss Hollow.

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Hit the Showers

One of the things we’ll sometimes hear from others objecting to our barefootedness is that our feet are somehow “dirty”, and that this is a reason we should not do so.

Yet, nobody seems to object to the fact that the bottoms of shoes touch and pick up the same sort of “dirt”, or that the tread on those shoes do a pretty good job of tracking it around.

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Overbearing and Uninformed Police

I’ve been harassed by cops who were sure that my being barefoot in government buildings was illegal. I have a friend who actually was arrested by a cop because that cop thought it was illegal to be in a grocery store while barefoot. (He was acquitted.)

Just what is it about some cops?

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Greedy Podiatrists?

Over at MyFiveFingers.com, Brian Patterson recently asked Is Podiatry a Problem? His question was prompted by a new study, Effect of a five-toed minimal protection shoe on static and dynamic ankle position sense that concluded that those who run barefoot (and, incidentally, those wearing minimal shoes) get a better estimation of the slope they are running on than shoes wearing padded running shoes.

The Barefoot Professor, Dr. Daniel Howell, responded with

I don’t think it’s an issue of greed, but worldview. You?

Here’s where I weigh in.

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This Ability

We’ve seen many times that the employees of businesses can get quite adamant in their ignorance. Their excuses for tossing barefooters will shift from non-existent health code to non-existent corporate rules to non-existent insurance excuses. Then, if you get through all that, often some corporate weenie will make up a rule right on the spot. (I’ve had them tell me, no, it is not written down anywhere, but it’s a rule now.)

In last Wednesday’s entry, How Wanton, Barefoot Ward asked a question in a comment:

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Walking a Tight Rope

The Columbus Dispatch had another interesting photo today. They seem to have one of these sorts of “feature photos” (nice, large photos of around town, unassociated with any particular story) in each issue, and I like them. I’ve been reading newspapers for a long time (since Junior High days) and this is one of the areas I think they can distinguish themselves from all the internet content.

It seems that this past summer, an awful lot of them have featured barefoot people.

So did yesterday’s.

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