There are a number of folks in the barefooting community who use “Barefoot” in front of their names.
Do they really have to?
First, let me say right off the bat that I do it too. Sometimes.
Because of my barefooting, including the activism and the hiking, and even other interests, I’ve ended up meeting a fair number of important people. That includes university professors, the Curator of Archeology of the Ohio Historical Center, the Executive Director of the Columbus MetroParks, and the President of the Ohio Senate. (OK, that last one doesn’t think too highly of me . . .)
By “important”, I mean that the relationship is asymmetrical—because of how we met (on a hike, for instance, where there were also a lot of other people) and other interactions, I’m much more likely to remember their names than they are to remember mine.
But you know that they will remember the bare feet.
Thus, when I want to contact them, send them an email, I’ll use the sobriquet. It helps them know who they’re interacting with.
So why not?
I feel the same way with other barefooters who put the “Barefoot” in front of their names. Do they really have to? Well, no. But what’s that got to do with anything? If it works for them, in whatever way, why not?