Here’s a cute little song from 1947. It’s from the album “Hank Fort Sings Her Own Great Song”. Hank Fort was from Nashville and gained a fair bit of fame by writing radio jingles and then other fairly well-known songs. She was born Alma Louise Middleton Hankins Fort in 1914 and died in 1973.
Somehow I wonder if the song may have been a bit autobiographical.
The song also rather illustrates the attitudes of the time. First, it sounds like going barefoot was pretty common, at least in the south. But mainly, going barefoot was OK, it just wasn’t sophisticated. Not a hint of the idea that it would supposedly violate a health code or was somehow unsanitary, or that you would get hurt. Those are just post hoc excuses because people forget that the big antipathy was against hippies in the 1960s.
[A "Thank you" to Chet for emailing me about the song.]