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Barefoot is the most common term for the state of not wearing any footwear. Wearing footwear is an exclusively human characteristic, however some animals held by humans are also issued with footwear, such as horses and, more rarely dogs and cats. Barefooter dating services are health benefits and some risks associated with going barefoot.

Footwear provides protection from cuts, abrasions, bruises, and impacts from objects on the ground or the ground texture itself, as well as from frost or heat burnsand parasites like hookworm in extreme situations.

However, shoes can limit the flexibility, strength, and mobility of the foot and can lead to higher incidences of flexible flat foot, bunions, hammer toe, and Morton's neuroma. Walking and running barefoot results in a more natural gait, allowing for a more rocking motion of the foot, eliminating the hard heel strike and therefore generating less collision force in Barefooter dating services foot and lower leg.

There are many sports that are performed barefoot, most notably gymnastics and martial artsbut also beach volleyballbarefoot runningbarefoot hikingand water skiing. In modern language, someone who tends not to wear shoes in public Barefooter dating services is participating in the aforementioned sports may be described as a barefooter. People in ancient times, such as the EgyptiansHindusand Greeks often went barefoot, as the inhabited terrain mostly mandated no practical necessity for footwear.

Athletes Barefooter dating services the Ancient Olympic Games participated barefoot and generally unclothed. The Romanswho eventually conquered the Greeks and adopted many aspects of their culture, did not adopt the Greek perception of footwear and clothing.

Roman clothing explicitly including footwear was seen as a sign of power and as a necessity of living in a civilized world; accordingly slaves usually were to remain barefoot.

During weddings of this period, a father would give his son-in-law a pair of shoes to symbolize the transfer of authority. During the Middle Ages, both men and women wore pattens in Europe, commonly seen as the predecessor of the modern high-heeled shoe[8] while menial classes usually wore hand-made footwear out of available materials.

Going barefoot was seen as a marker of poverty and the lowest social class, as well as being the mark of a prisoner see below. These shoes became popular in Venice and throughout Europe as a status symbol revealing wealth and social standing. During the 16th century royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of Englandstarted wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life.

Byeven men wore them, and a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as "well-heeled". The phrase barefoot and pregnant is now used to illustrate a woman's traditional role as a homemaker and thus her lack of opportunities to socialize or to have a career outside of the home.

Hertzler also known as the "Kansas Horse-and-Buggy Doctor"[10] promoting a hypothesis that: Bare feet have come to symbolize innocence or childhood in a glorifying perception of freedom from real-life requirements. The connection to childhood and innocence, as well as the simple joys of country life, are embodied in the poem " The Barefoot Boy " by John Greenleaf Whittierpublished in The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton features five short stories Barefooter dating services chronicle his journey from childhood and youth through to maturity and self-acceptance.

In most religions, the exposure of bare feet is regarded Barefooter dating services a sign of humility and subjection. Some religious practitioners have taken a vow of Gospel poverty, while there are certain convents where going barefoot is obligatory Convent of Las Descalzas RealesPoor ClaresColettine Poor Clares.

With regard to the use of footwear as a display of status, the religious and common art of many cultures throughout the world shows a person without shoes symbolizing either extreme poverty or the state of captivity and unfree servitude. He states that he does this to follow Buddhist rules, to lead the people to the path of virtue, and to develop his Buddhist spirit. In many religions, it is common to Barefooter dating services shoes when entering a place considered holy.

For example, in the Book of ExodusMoses was instructed to remove his shoes before approaching the burning bush:. Anyone entering a mosque or a Hindu templeincluding a visitor, is expected to remove his or her shoes; racks for the storage Barefooter dating services shoes are usually provided at the entrance. Foot washingor ceremonial washing of others' feet, is associated with humility in Christianity, and Jesus Christ is recorded in the Barefooter dating services Testament as washing the feet of his disciples to serve them during the Last Supper.

Christians who practice foot washing today do so to bring them closer to Jesus and to fill them with a sense "Barefooter dating services" humility and service. Roman Catholics show their respect and humility for the Pope by kissing his feet. In a similar manner, Hindus show love and respect to a guru by touching his bare feet called pranam. It is customary to show one's respect by walking barefoot around Raj Ghatthe monument to Mahatma Gandhi.

Christian congregations of men and women that go entirely barefoot or wear sandals include the Discalcedlike the Discalced Carmelitesthe Feuillants Cistercians, the Trinitariansthe Mercedariansand the Passionists.

In many branches of Romani culture across the world, it is traditional for women to dance barefoot. Firewalking is the practice of walking barefoot over hot coals.

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It has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the world, with the earliest known reference dating back to Iron Age India — c. Today, it is often used in corporate and team-building seminars and self-help workshops as a confidence-building exercise. Firewalking implies the belief that the feat requires the aid of a supernatural force, strong faith, or on an individual's Barefooter dating services to focus on "mind over matter".

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It is common for Australians, particularly young people, to be barefoot in public places, especially during summer. On Lord Howe Island the Lord Howe Island Board has described the fact pupils at the government-run Lord Howe Island Central School are allowed to attend school barefoot as a part of the "island lifestyle" and a "community asset".

Inan American lecturer missed out on a job after criticising barefoot locals in a newspaper. Ina travel writer for The New York Times wrote the number of New Zealanders barefoot in public, including shops was "striking".

Being barefoot in public is Barefooter dating services common during warmer months, and often accepted as a social norm, however this does not extend to metropolitan cities such as London, but more for rural areas and more common for young children and teenagers.

Some Barefooter dating services schools also allow children to attend school barefoot in warmer months, and encourage it for indoor and outdoor physical education lessons. The National Health Service has recommended that people "go barefoot or wear Barefooter dating services sandals whenever you can in the hot weather In South Africa barefoot walking in public is part of the predominantly white Afrikaans speaking culture, although English speaking people also often walk barefoot in public, especially in the summer months and in cities such as Cape Town.

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The National Guidelines on School Uniform list shoes as an optional item [30] while the Draft Guidelines state "Pupils, especially in lower grades, should also be permitted to attend without shoes in hot weather". Most children attend school barefoot. In many schools, the dress codes either encourage kids to attend school barefoot or prefer kids Barefooter dating services attend school barefoot, especially in the summer months.

Some South African schools have sport uniforms where bare feet are compulsory, such as primary school rugby. Another sport where bare feet for kids are compulsory is "tou trek" or tug of war. Being barefoot in public is generally tolerated.

In South African shopping malls, stores, and events, it is Barefooter dating services an uncommon sight to see barefoot adults, kids and especially teenagers and young adults. In some parts of the United States, where taboos against barefoot walking are strong, it is common for people to wear the same shoes indoors and outdoors, and for guests to keep their shoes on when visiting other people's houses. Removing the footwear and making a captive go barefoot has been one of the first conventional methods to tag and identify prisoners in most civilizations.

It was Barefooter dating services usual feature and often the principle element of early prison uniforms. The visual aspect of bare feet is therefore used to contrast the conventional appearance as footwear is regarded an obligatory clothing feature in urbanized cultures. Besides the indicatory aspect going in bare feet restricts the freedom of action in many "Barefooter dating services." A barefooted person is therefore disadvantaged opposite a shod person in many practical respects.

This aspect is often used to exercise physical control over individuals in captivity. A barefoot person is usually disadvantaged in a physical confrontation against shod individuals. Drastically more severe injuries can be sustained especially by a kicking person outfitted with footwear in contrast to a Barefooter dating services in bare feet.

For this reason shoes are considered deadly weapons by penal laws of most countries. These effects are usually desired by correctional or police officers primarily in confrontational situations with antagonistic individuals.

The risk of personal injury is therefore notably reduced and the situation can often be resolved more efficiently. Another main objective is preventing and counteracting potential attempts of prison escape.

Without the protection of the feet that shoes provide, the locomotion of an unshod person is more difficult in the majority of exterior environments, so a potential fugitive is easier to retrieve in many cases. Detainees are often discouraged from attempting escape by this measure alone.

A Barefooter dating services person experiences certain discomfort in daily life situations.

The desire to be protected from the common inconveniences of the ground, mostly due to coarse textures or adverse temperatures, prompted humans to make use of footwear in ancient history. Incidentally the traditional visual appearance of civilized societies was established, including footwear as an obligatory feature. A forced exclusion from the conveniences and also appearance of footwear typically creates an frequent awareness of being vulnerable, therefore it can have an intimidating effect on a person.

The enforcement of bare feet often creates a consciousness of being powerless and degraded notably on prisoners, as they typically cannot relieve this situation on their own. As the practical effects are typically achieved effortlessly, keeping captives or prisoners barefoot has been cross-culturally practiced since antiquity. It was also commonly practiced to identify slaves in former times. Since ancient times, it is a common practice in civil societies to wear footwear as a standard feature.

In contrast to this convention, slave codes often decreed that slaves go barefoot. For example, the Cape Town slave code stated that "Slaves must go barefoot and must carry passes.

Slaves Barefooter dating services forbidden to wear shoes. This was a prime mark of distinction between the free and the "Barefooter dating services" and no exceptions were permitted. Shoes have been regarded as badges of freedom and signs of empowerment since early human history, while going barefoot designated a rather low social rank, often having the status of an unfree person. Using the symbolic meaning of shoes to display a respectable social status and also Barefooter dating services vested with authority, people have ceremonially been issued with footwear as is mentioned in the bible "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his Barefooter dating services, and shoes on [his] feet Luke Forcing individuals to go barefoot by taking away their shoes and disallowing or hindering them to be worn accordingly has the reversed meaning.

While since ancient societies the standard form of appearance commonly includes footwear as an implicit feature, the imagery or bare feet is often used to indicate submission, subjugation or dependence, in certain contexts also being disarmed or disempowered.

Therefore, this detail has become an informal and sometimes even formal law in societies practicing slavery. A barefooted human could be unmistakably identified as unfree and be attributed with the lowest social status on the spot. As a consequence appearing barefooted in any social situation was proscribed for common citizens and strictly avoided.

In many US states this perception is prevalent to this day as everyday shoes are typically also worn in the private space and being barefooted is effectively placed under taboo see above. In certain societies this rule pertains to this day where slavery is still unofficially practiced.

The Tuareg are known still to practice slavery and force their slaves to go barefoot.

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