Today’s comic comes from July 3, 1969, when bare feet reached their most recent peak. The strip is Hi and Lois, written (back then) by Mort Walker and Dik Browne.
I can answer that. It’s the one who doesn’t let them atrophy all day long.
Since it’s still near the start of school, let’s go with another comic with that standard barefoot trope. This one is from October 5, 1948. It’s from the strip Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.
I still find it odd that growing feet are blamed on going barefoot. It’s as if they’ve never see a puppy before; at that point of adolescence, the feet grow first (and then the kid/puppy grows into them).
I recently found the (pretty new) comic strip Wallace the Brave. Wallace is a kid who lives in the New England shore town of Snug Harbor. He’s another kid who pretty much goes barefoot all summer.
In this strip from July 1, 2015, it’s time to go back to school.
Trust him! He’ll be fine!
(Except for maybe his teacher and school administrators.)
We’re getting close to back-to-school time. So here’s a comic from August 30, 1941. It’s from Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.
This is a standard trope for comics from this time: going barefoot makes your feet bigger. You don’t suppose that the reason kids’ shoes don’t fit in the fall is because they just spent the last three months growing? (You know, like kids do?)
And thus are pernicious barefoot myths started.
Our comic for today comes from September 17, 1946 (and repeated on July 14, 1963). It’s from Out Our Way by J. R. Williams.
You know, there are some people who keep using their feet bare, and those feet are in shape. And then there are the shoddies who let their feet atrophy, and then think going barefoot is a miserable experience. (It’s kind of like people who never exercise who think stairs are torture because they always use elevators.)