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« Reply #705 on: October 11, 2011, 11:21:51 AM »

Was barefooting into Walmart one evening after a rain, and the greeter lady just had this incredulous look on her face and was like "ohmigoodness, you're barefoot".  I just said "Yep!  Feels great after a rain!" and kept on walking.  She just continued staring as a rounded the corner but didn't say anything else.

Where do you live that they will let you walk into a store barefoot? 

Mid-South area, not sure why location matters though.  I go barefoot everywhere, except around clients and out on job sites for work (architecture office).  Only been kicked out of one place in the past 5 months, a Wendy's in which the manager lady said it was a health code violation, which is in fact not the case.  At least 48 state health departments actually have no requirements for footwear of patrons in establishments.
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« Reply #705 on: October 11, 2011, 11:21:51 AM »

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« Reply #706 on: October 11, 2011, 11:28:13 AM »

Health inspectors don't have to require it, but private company policy can be more strict meaning it would be a health code violation according to Wendy's.  It's etiquette and norms.  People freak at the sight of barefeet sometimes.
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« Reply #707 on: October 11, 2011, 07:53:39 PM »

Health inspectors don't have to require it, but private company policy can be more strict meaning it would be a health code violation according to Wendy's.  It's etiquette and norms.  People freak at the sight of barefeet sometimes.

It's probably more of a liability issue than health concern.
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« Reply #708 on: October 12, 2011, 01:59:12 PM »

I played badminton in my Komodosports last night at the local club. Great night of matches!

I had a number of the better players and the president of the club gather around for 'the VFF chat' and a bit of a demo. A couple of them commented that for someone who hasn't played in a couple of years that I looked extremely fluid on the court. I felt like I floated around the court instead of the old clunky court shoes.

The cool part about it was they all said 'Oh you've got a pair of those! how do you like them and where can I get a pair?'. After seeing me play in them with no issues, they seemed pretty impressed!
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« Reply #708 on: October 12, 2011, 01:59:12 PM »

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« Reply #709 on: October 13, 2011, 11:07:59 PM »

Got my first bystander comment this evening!  Tongue

Standing in line at Subway, middle-aged man and woman in line after me.  The woman says "I'm being nosy", points down, "but are those comfortable?  I've always wondered"

Of course I said they're great and all.  But I did say I mainly got them for winter and that I prefer being actually barefoot.  Barefoot is best IMHO, when possible.  Otherwise there's VFF.
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« Reply #710 on: October 14, 2011, 03:14:38 AM »

I have got my fair share of comments!

At a holiday resort an employee said: "Ah my brother, I see you are wearing the best shoes mother nature gave you." I was barefoot at the time though, still it's a great comment!

Q: What are those? Those are terrible!
A: They are barefoot shoes, and they are actually really obvious when you think about it.
Q: I suppose they are, where do you get them? I can see their benefit.
haha!

I mostly get comments from older and African people (I live in South Africa). African people love them. Older people think they are amazing, and almost instantly see the benefits of minimalist footwear. Most are sold when I tell them that I have no knee and back pain.

The other day I was running in my TrekSports and ran past a bunch of runners. I think that they had some sort of shock as someone who wasn't wearing "running shoes" passed them not only at a quicker pace, but also wearing minimalist shoes. I heard some comments as I ran past but I don't know what was said! Cheesy
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« Reply #711 on: October 14, 2011, 11:18:58 PM »

Got a funny comment at the grocery store today. This one girl who works there and knows I always come in on Friday afternoon an barefoot, saw me in my VFF's today and said "whoa you're wearing shoes today, that's CRAZY!" lol Tongue  She said she loves VFF's and had some herself until she lost them while rafting down a river.
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« Reply #712 on: October 15, 2011, 02:07:46 AM »

ran by a guy today and the first place he looked was at my komodos. thats it. hah.
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« Reply #713 on: October 19, 2011, 08:52:39 AM »

the only question I get when wearing my Speeds around town is.....


Wow, are those comfortable.

My answer...almost as comfortable as walking barefooted.
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« Reply #714 on: October 19, 2011, 10:24:00 AM »

I had someone yesterday comment "wow those must be cold" The only reply I could think of was "Not really, I am wearing socks"...
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« Reply #715 on: October 19, 2011, 11:05:59 AM »

I always get the raised eyebrows eyebrows before I hear "Those are weird...Are they comfortable".  I can now reply without delay..."No.  They are awful, for some reason they put needles in the soles and they poke me every time i take a step."

I will usually let that hang for about a second... before i laugh and tell anyone that asks about how awesome they are.  The looks on their faces is priceless.

   
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« Reply #716 on: October 19, 2011, 06:05:31 PM »

I was at the podiatrist today having my plantar warts dealt with (not the most pleasant topic), and he noticed my leather treks. I had a 15 minute discussion with him about my experience with VFFs, and his biggest question was where to find them. Apparently he has read a number of published journal articles praising the benefits of VFFs and barefoot running. I gave him the transition warning, and he said he can only run about a block at the monent so he'll be taking it slow.

Being in Fort McMurray makes getting a specialised product like VFFs difficult, as we are pretty isolated. We are about 400km from the nearest city which is Edmonton. Naturally a hobby of folks living here is making a regular trip to Edmonton for shopping. There are three VFF retailers in Edmonton so I pointed him to those places.

He was almost giddy about them, and said he couldn't wait to get to edmonton to try them on. My first professional convert, yay!
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« Reply #717 on: October 20, 2011, 12:15:38 AM »

I've had my KSO's for almost three weeks and have only gotten a couple comments.  Mainly the "nice shoes!" kind.
However, these two older ladies at the dog park I go to almost every day saw them the first time I wore them and just kinda stared for a bit then ignored them.  The next time I saw them one of them laughed and said I was wearing those funny shoes again.  The third time around they were very interested and asked all kinds of questions.

Lady 1: Let me see the bottom of those.
Me: Sure. *picks up foot*
Lady 2: Wow, you can sure twist your leg good!
Lady 1: That's interesting.  It thought they were socks!
Me: No, these are socks. *takes off KSO and points to toe socks*
Lady 2: Ooh! You wear socks with toes?
Me: Yep!  I've got uber sweaty feet so it helps keep the shoes clean.
Lady 1: Let me see that thing.
Me: *hands KSO to her*
Lady 1: This is really neat.  *twists it in all kinds of directions* How is the traction on the grass?
Me: Great if it's not wet.  You didn't see, but last week I slid down the entire hill on my heels.
(There is a big and often slick hill you have to go down to get to the dog park gate)
Lady 2: Oh wow, that must have been interesting.  I'll have to look more into those things.

I went on to tell them where to try some on and what websites to visit for more information.  It was neat talking to them, and a few minutes later a runner-type dude came into the park and also began to ask all sorts of questions about them.  He had looked into them before and seemed more interested in giving a pair a try after talking with me.
I have yet to have someone, other than my family, make fun of my shoes.
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« Reply #718 on: October 24, 2011, 09:11:11 PM »

"Sir, are those shoes? Because if they aren't you'll have to leave, this establishment has a no shirt, no shoes policy"

Smiley Coming from my grade-school friend who has been giving me grief about my weird "Gorilla Toes" at a restaurant
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« Reply #719 on: October 25, 2011, 02:12:27 AM »

Losech, your posting picture looks like my mom's Jindo, same colors and markings. I'm guessing it's probably a shiba inu or another spitz type dog though. Super cute Smiley
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