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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    I also dislike shoes tremendously. I wouldn't wear them if I didn't have to, but snow is cold and asphalt gets too hot in the summer. Plus apparently we can collect microscopic parasites with our bare feet so I guess that's a reason to wear shoes.

    However, there's nothing I love so much as walking barefoot on a cool, smooth, clean floor. Nothing like it in the world!

    I also hate shoes. However...when i got older my feet started to hurt too much not to wear them for the support.

    I still hate shoes and won't wear them unless I absolutely have to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookin4theBestNU View Post
    I think I'm going on approximately 1.27 x 10^12 pairs. I still can't find any shoes to wear oddly enough!


    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    Remember, it's easy for you to give up on following social norms, because you're an INTP. In addition to not needing external validation at all, you probably weren't that well-liked to start with, and didn't succeed all that well at ingratiating yourself anyway. So you're not personally giving up much to defenestrate social norms. Some of us would be.




    Quote Originally Posted by ArtlessFuture View Post
    two words: flip-flops!!!
    but aren't those a type of shoes?


    I tried going shoeless for brief periods when walking outside. Here are four reasons I could not continue:

    1. Thorns on hiking trails
    2. Dog poop on sidewalks
    3. Desire to avoid small worms from infiltrating through my skin and into my internal organs
    4. Snow/frostbite

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    Quote Originally Posted by disTant_eCHo View Post
    Perhaps the hornet decided to take a nap in the grass because of your ill-percieved notion of the necessity for shoes. I know I go without shoes whenever possible and I've yet to step on a hornet because I feel that shoes are indeed not required to live my life.


    I quite enjoyed it actually and am hereby officially disagreeing with your opinion.
    wow, you're one to want them barefoot and pregnant aren't you? lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by ByMySword View Post
    OH YOU FUCKIN SON OF A FUCKIN HEAVY THUMBED MOTHER FUCKING FUCK-TARD! :steam:
    lol that cracked me up, thanks. i like shoes damnit, i only have a few pairs i use, but i wouldn't walk barefoot because i don't like calluses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by disTant_eCHo View Post
    Right, but think about it this way. Say you were born in some kind of savage society.. or lack of society. And you were like a wild girl, lived in the mountains or something and lived off the land with no concept of a society. Would you really care about how your skin appeared, given that you had no idea of what the (asshole) norm thought about their own skin?

    These are thoughts that are implanted into your brain from simple observation from living within a society.

    Right after college, I spent two weeks in an Andean village. It was built on the side of a mountain. The people lived in little rock houses and running water was a big deal. (I think they had one spigot for the whole village.) Fashion? Society? I suppose that depends on how you define it. The people bathed once a year, then just layered on as many clothes as possible because it was cold. The women topped off their random ensembles with bright blankets pinned around their shoulders--that's as far as fashion went. There didn't seem to be much to rebel against, except dirt and poverty.

    As for shoes, most of them wore homemade sandals cut from old rubber tires. Some didn't have shoes at all. Their feet were broad and tough--hard, cracked, solid-looking--worlds away from my slender, soft feet. Their main method of transportation was their feet, carring them across the mountains over ancient Incan trails.

    One day I met an old woman carrying a bundle in a blanket tied across her shoulders. It was a heavy burden. I don't speak Quechuan, but a woman with me did. She began a polite conversation with the old woman. The old woman responded with blunt honestly. How was she? She was in pain. Her joints ached. Her feet hurt terribly. She had no shoes. She'd walked so far today, and she didn't think she could make it home. Every week she walked this route, and she didn't know how much longer she could do it. If she could find a pair of shoes, perhaps she could manage it better, but shoes--even rubber tire sandals--are not so easily acquired. (After all, cars are scarce and therefore so are tires.)

    This woman cared nothing for how her feet looked. What she needed was something to help support her arches and absorb the shock that puts stress on joints when one is carrying a heavy load for miles over rocky terrain. It's true that a mountain girl might happily go barefoot without thinking of her appearance. But every mountain woman (and man) I met in that village could appreciate the value of a shoe.

    Don't wear shoes if you can manage not to; I can't see why anyone here would care what you do to your feet. But it seems to me an enormous leap to assume that since you and the people you know feel compelled to wear shoes for fashion reasons, that shoes are ONLY a result of society's tyrranical grip on unsuspecting morons.

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    I hate shoes. They're definitely necessary most of the time though, outside of the home. I probably have about 10-15 pairs, cause I keep accumulating strappy dress shoes somehow, but I really only wear

    1) my 'sensible' winter boots
    2) non-sensible awesome black leather heeled boots, for days I don't walk a lot
    3) running shoes for sports
    4) flip flips allll summer

    oh and at people who have 100+ shoes -- though apparently that is somewhat common (?). How on earth do you afford it, let alone wear them all?

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    I hate shoes. They taste terrible.

    With that said, I have one pair of shoes that I wear, because I'm practical.

    However, for some reason, I still have another pair that are so worn out, they have holes ripped into them. Whenever it was raining, my socks got wet and my feet went cold for days. (I'm mostly just forget to throw those shoes in the rubbish.)

    Hesitant to spend $40 on another pair of shoes, my worn out shoes have led me to do exactly that on my current pair, which are waterproof Sketchers. I don't know how much of a loser it makes me for wearing that particular brand (when I went to school, people could get beat up if they didn't wear Nike or Jordan shoes), but they are comfortable, durable, and they get me from here to there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uberfuhrer View Post

    Hesitant to spend $40 on another pair of shoes, my worn out shoes have led me to do exactly that on my current pair, which are waterproof Sketchers. I don't know how much of a loser it makes me for wearing that particular brand (when I went to school, people could get beat up if they didn't wear Nike or Jordan shoes), but they are comfortable, durable, and they get me from here to there.

    sketchers are kinda girly, but if they're waterproof that's practical and kinda manly lol just teasing you


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    1. I never want to see people's feet. Ever. Especially people with big corn chip toenails that can slice through a person's Achilles tendon and infect them through the mountain of accumulated filth that hides tucked up there.

    2. Shoes are a tremendous boon in a fight.

    3. I've seen people who never wear shoes. The bottom of their feet develop disgusting thick calices that look like pads at the bottom of dog paws. They turn black as well. It's vomit inducing.
    Why do we always come here?

    I guess we'll never know.

    It's like a kind of torture,
    To have to watch this show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faith View Post
    Nice story and comments
    Sounds like an awesome experience! And I also appreciate your comments.

    Shoes are a luxury.

    If anyone is familiar with the MBT and 'diet shoe' craze, you'll also know a little behind the science of shoes.

    Poorly designed or fitting shoes can cause health issues, but well designed and ergonomic shoes will help with posture and joint health and alignment.

    Flip-flops and walking on concrete and hard surfaces will make your arches fall after a while.

    Hardcore ballet training will reduce your shoe size as your arches get higher.

    Are these old wives tales? I think there is a grain of salt to them.

    Where you walk is also significant. Sand, rice paddies, 'softer' more forgiving surfaces can actually be really good for the body compared to concrete or the ancient mountain trails Faith mentioned.

    Earth Shoes and MBT and other 'health walkers' try to emulate walking in sand/mud, where your heel drops lowers than your ball.

    I have both and they are quite comfy! I walk barefoot indoors and in the yard and to my car to get stuff cause I is lazy. I have also walked barefoot on city streets when my shoes were killing me and illicted laughs of "you're crazy girl" from friends. I guess city streets are considered contraband or just really dirty and unsafe. Visions of used drug needles sticking out of cracks and inventive diseases and bodily fluids abound...

    Alright, even I'm grossed out now. Shoes for me now at all times!

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