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Two Barefoot Photos

Yesterday’s Dispatch happened to have two barefoot photos in it.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Dispatch often has these “about town” photos that aren’t really news stories, but just show people out and about.

And every now and again those people are barefoot.

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Give Me Some Latitude

In a couple of comments to my entry about the Hasidic dress codes, Victor was curious about how people dressed in New York (or even much of the eastern United States) in the late 1800s, early 1900s.

Weren’t they hot?

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At the Ohio State Fair

Two days ago I went to the Ohio State Fair, for the first time in four years.

I was concerned I might get arrested.

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Pelmatophiles Unite!

In the comments to Food Truck Foolishness”, I used the word “pelmatophobe”, and Ward asks what it means.

It’s a recent coinage that’s not in any dictionary (or even Google).

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NSNSNS? No, NSNBNSNLCN!

Okay, here’s a new take.

In Hasidic New York.

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Food Truck Foolishness

In a comment to yesterday’s entry, Beach Bum points us to a rather extraordinary photo.

A food truck with a “shirt and shoes required” sign.

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Our colorful character for today is Charlie Haase, from Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin.

He operated a restaurant there, “Barefoot Charlie’s”, for many, many years.

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OK, that title does go a bit overboard. Sometimes it can be a scam. Other times it just relies about misconceptions.

Naturally, this entry is prompted by this story: Tony Robbins Audience Members Treated For Burns After Walking On Hot Coals.

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I thought I’d give some highlights of an article by the same name by podiatrist William A. Rossi. While he was a consultant for the footwear industry, he was also quite a barefoot defender.

The article is from the December 15, 1997 issue of Footwear News.

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Flip-Flops

Over at birthdayshoes.com, Justin Owens asks Are Flip-Flops Dangerous?

What he does is look at the scaremongering of two separate articles.

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In Ancient Egypt

In ancient civilizations, at least in temperate climates, bare feet were often the norm. Sandals might occasionally be worn, but they would usually be the exception.

Here’s a little bit about Egypt.

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Iceland. Barefoot?

I’ve written before about how casually people used to go barefoot, even in cultures in which we normally thought of them as shod.

Here’s a snippet showing that occurring during the founding of Iceland.

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Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow.

Last time I went Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow., it was from inline skating.

This time, it was from wearing shoes at a wedding.

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More From the TV Archives

Here’s another “historical” news story about barefooters.

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Here’s a cute little article called 14 Reasons I Don’t Wear Shoes.

I think I can help her out in one area.

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