Here’s an article in the Orange County Register: Hey fashionistas: barefoot is back. The author, Cindy McNatt, give us a photo of a barefoot Jean Shrimpton in the 1960s and Kate Moss from recently (both are models, for those who don’t know).
Ms. McNatt then notes how barefoot sandals are really taking off, and points us to Etsy, which has a large supply of them. So I guess somebody must be buying. Here is one sample:
Of course, barefoot sandals are not really bare, but I think they are close enough to count. They act mainly as decoration (fashion!), not any sort of foot restriction like the mislabeled “barefoot running shoes”. By leaving the soles free, they still provide all the tactile feedback that we barefooters not only appreciate but have come to rely upon when it comes to helping out foot strength, circulation, joint health, and balance.
Ms. McNatt also mentions how in the ’50s and ’60s all the kids in southern California went barefoot all summer long. Again, it’s amazing how something so common not that long ago has been so demonized so quickly.
Relating this to the Statehouse Sneakers, I really wonder how they would react to barefoot sandals. After all, as whitbybarefootrunner intimated, they are foot wear, which satisfies the letter (but probably not the intent) of the new Statehouse rule.
(H/T: Beach Bum in this comment.)