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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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Barefoot — The Movie

There’s a new romantic comedy coming out on February 21, 2014. (February 21? Really? A new romantic comedy that misses Valentine’s Day by a week?) The good news is that one of the protagonists is barefoot.

The bad news is that she’s an escaped mental patient.

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Before They Pass Away

There’s a very interesting project out there by a photographer named Jimmy Nelson. The project is Before They Pass Away, looking at some of the few remaining unique human cultures before they all get homogenized away.

An interesting thing (to me) is how many of them still go barefoot.

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Suing Kroger

I thought I’d write about the one time I actually was injured in a Kroger due to their negligence.

What do you think the outcome should have been?

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I spent the weekend in Springfield, Illinois, for the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter. I’m afraid I’ve reached the age where my own kids are getting married, along with the kids of my sibling and close friends.

And you know what that means: shoes.

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No, We Won’t Let You Buy a Taco

There was an interesting article in the Huffington Post the other day, “Are Restaurants Holding On to Foolish Rules?.

Many of us will find the attitude familiar.

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Soles for Sails

Bare feet and sailboats have gone together for a long, long time. Particularly when materials were all-natural and got quite uncomfortable when wet, got slippery, and rotted, bare feet were the obvious choice.

This is pretty-well documented, as I wrote in More Barefoot Sailors.

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Save Me From Youthful Earnestness

I was in my secondary Kroger yesterday checking out when I heard that all-too-familiar request: “Sir, when you come in next time, could you please wear shoes?”

My answer: “No.”

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