Often comical, sometimes frustrating, the daily encounters that comprise the life of a barefooter are always entertaining …
October 8, 2014
Cyclist, as I pass him: “Have a good podiatrist?”
Dude, did you fail to notice that my bare feet are faster than your fancy machine?
July 23, 2014
As I run past a little boy with his mom … “She’s not wearing any clothes – I mean shoes – Mommy!”
March 17, 2014
I walk past a girl, her cut up ankles wobbling uncomfortably in stilettos. A guy following behind calls out:
“You’ve got the right idea. Those shoes look so uncomfortable!”
Remind me again why women torture themselves so?
July 21, 2013
Stranger on the street: “Barefoot. You’re a hippy.”
Thanks for the insight. The search for my personal identity can finally come to an end.
July 20, 2013
Random guy, while waiting at a crosswalk: “Aren’t you concerned about ticks and fleas? You know, my cat just had a bad flea infestation.”
Excellent logic. In the mind of a flea, a bare foot is clearly no different from a warm, fuzzy cat.
April 1, 2013
Old man: “Good for you!”
Me: “I’m sorry?”
“You’re barefoot.” Useful reminder, in case I forgot.
“Have you read that book about the Indians in Mexico that run barefoot?” Here we go again.
“Born to Run? Yes, good book.”
“OF COURSE Born to Run. I was testing you.”
Immediately followed by an oral exam on every character in the book.
March 5, 2013
Receptionist: “You run barefoot? Oh, you mean in those toe shoes.”
Me: “No, I mean barefoot.”
Her: pause … “Oh, you mean when you’re on the beach.”
Me: “No, I mean wherever. Concrete, asphalt …”
As I run by, a woman in vicious high-heels yells out: “Running barefoot? You’ll hurt your poor back!”
I wonder why she associates footwear with back pain?
November 24, 2012
While standing in a checkout line today, the man behind me spontaneously yells out: “Barefoot!! Barefoot!! Barefoot!!”. I glance curiously back as he awkwardly murmurs “just kidding” … And I’m the odd one?
Random passer-by: “You won’t wear shoes but you have to paint your toenails?”
Taxi driver in Las Vegas: “You should really put some shoes on. You’re definitely going to contract Hepatitis.”
Sometime in 2011
Plumber in the elevator: “I’d put some shoes on. There’s shit everywhere.”
Everywhere, all the time, from everyone:
“You’re going to cut yourself on broken glass and needles!” Still waiting …
“Aren’t your feet freezing?” I live in San Diego.
“Do you want my shoes?” ha. ha.