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Barefoot Girls

Here’s a cute little column from 1916.

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Climbing Mount Kenya

These days we see enough news stories or internet descriptions of barefooted feats that sometimes I forget that, while we are trailblazers in our own rights, there’s nothing new under the sun.

I was reminded of that by a pair of older news stories.

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This is Why We’re Stuck Wearing Shoes

I’ve reprinted articles from the 1950s expressing the joy of going barefoot as a child and bemoaning how that was disappearing.

Here is an article, from 1959, that encapsulates the attitudes that made them disappear.

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Barefoot 1491

Let’s take a look at the footwear of Native Americans before Columbus arrived. I’ve been looking at the “Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume”, by Josephine Paterek, and it says a lot about footwear.

I also suspect that she has overestimated things a bit.

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Bygone Times

During the 1950s and 1960s there seemed to be a lot of reminiscences of the pleasures of growing up barefoot.

Here is yet another one, this one from 1955.

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Chicago Going Barefoot

I’m not sure quite what to make about this story. It appeared during the summer of 1915 in the Chicago Herald (though the version I have was in the Kansas City Times, crediting the Herald).

It appears that a bare foot was shocking.

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Church Deacon Disciplined

In 1896 Deacon Jonathan Fechter showed up for church in his bare feet.

He was disciplined by the other deacons.

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