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The Importance of Proprioception

As barefooters, I think we’re all pretty much aware of the importance of proprioception, the awareness of our body position which comes from our sense of touch and our perceived motions. It is sometimes called our “sixth sense”.

Unsurprisingly, shoes limit our proprioceptive sense and that can lead to falls and other difficulties.

And you might just bite off your foot.

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Rain at the Dublin Irish Festival

On Saturday my wife and I went to the Dublin Irish Festival. This Dublin is a suburb on the northwest side of Columbus. From what I have heard, the festival is the 2nd largest Irish festival in the United States, behind Milwaukee.

The day started out with a lot of rain, some of it heavy. Wouldn’t you think that would lead to people walking around barefoot at the festival?

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In A Lakeside Restaurant

I’m back up in northern Wisconsin (so I’m not sure how much blogging I’ll do—I should be out on the lake). But Saturday evening my wife and I went out to eat, and at the restaurant we ate at, I saw a patron with his bare feet resting on another of the chairs at their table.

You’ll never guess what happened next . . .

(Click bait! Click bait!)

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Socially Acceptable

A while back (i.e., May), fellow barefooter Mike Berrow put together a compilation of twitter tweets showing a lot of folks say they’d go barefoot if it were socially acceptable.

But it mostly is acceptable. So why don’t these people give it a try?

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Violating Social Conventions

One thing that’s not always appreciated is that context really makes a difference when it comes to acceptance to bare feet. Bare feet are accepted when people expect bare feet to be there, and they are often rejected in contexts in which they are not expected.

Then, when those bare feet are seen in unexpected locations, those against them have to rationalize an excuse, any excuse, why they are bad.

Thus, those who go barefooted are really usually battling social convention, not any intrinsic problem with being barefooted.

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1,111

This is my 1,111th blog entry. I was originally going to mark the 1,000th, but that was right at the beginning of my trip to Easter Island and Chile. And then I was going to mark 1,100, but that was a Saturday and would have interfered with the Saturday Comic, so I decided to wait for this singular occasion.

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The Foot Film

I imagine most barefooters have heard about “The Foot Film”. It is project attempting to make an independent film documentary about humans’ relationship between shoes and going barefoot.

It’s Indiegogo campaign has only 10 days left, so this is a reminder to go there and donate to help this film become a reality.

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Saving Soles

When I wrote about Dirty Feet, it generated a comment (a question really) asking what I did to maintain them.

Here’s the answer.

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Toys

Slate recently had a feature on photographer Gabriele Galimberti, showing young children with their most prized possessions.

I guess it says something about how much I’ve come to expect even children to be wearing shoes that I was pleasantly surprised that about half of them weren’t.

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We Must Be Civilized

The opposition to barefooting sometimes is just mind-boggling. I know a lot of us wonder what’s behind it. It arises in the weirdest places, and seems to generate an amount of heat way out of proportion to such a simple act.

It seems we must be civilized.

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Old Habits Die Hard

Continuing around Lake Llanquihue in Chile, just north of Puerto Montt, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant called Espantapájaros.

And the old concerns about being challenged for being barefoot in a restaurant arose again. But there was a big surprise waiting for me.

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Worry-Free Restauranting

When you’re a barefooter in the U.S. you end up creating all sorts of strategie to be able to eat in restaurants. Most times it is not a problem, but with a restaurant you’re much more likely to have something go wrong.

But there are places . . .

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Our most colorful character for today is Renato Alvarado Renato, also known as “Machi”, and by “colorful” I mean “interesting” and “impressive”.

Where do I even begin?

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Pilot Mountain

I spent the weekend in Winston-Salem in North Carolina. As part of the visit I had a chance to do a nice little hike (about 3.1 miles) around Pilot Mountain just a bit north of the city.

And other people in the park had a chance to see two barefoot hikers.

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Dictated by Customs

You would think that after all these years of going barefooted, I’d no longer have concerns about whether to go barefoot and that worries would be behind me.

But there is still a niggling in the back of the brain.

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