Those people who go around shod but get an occasional relief by removing their shoes on special occasions, remind me of a Russian anecdote.
A guy is hitting his own finger with a hammer and shouting “What a treat! Feels great! Feels great!” Another guy asks him, “What’s great about it? It must be terribly painful to hammer your own finger!” The first guy replies “You don’t get it, it feels really great when I miss.”