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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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Barefoot Boys Hard to Locate

Here’s another glimpse into the disappearance of barefoot schoolchildren. This is from 1923, so even then folks were noticing what was happening.

It’s from the fairly small town of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

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What’s New is Old

As I look through old newspaper articles to see what barefooting was like in the past, I just keep coming across stuff that seems awfully familiar.

Barefoot running?

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