Complaints of bare feet being unsanitary around food would make sense only if this were regularly true.
One of the blogs I regularly read is Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids. She debunks a lot of the unreasonable fears that parents have these days and advocates for letting kids grow up the way we used to, without having parents constantly hovering and directing their lives.
She recently highlighted “The Creek Boys of Raleigh” and it shows, that given a chance, kids do still go barefoot.
He originally drew a comic for the first Earth Day in 1970. This 1971 version is similar, but for the second on he added the piece that makes it particularly poignant for barefooters.
This is also the origin of the famous tagline, “We have met the enemy . . . and he is us.”