Took the pick up to Lowes for some fencing wearing my Komodos and watched the guy in the garden center mouth "Holy S*^%" when I came around the corner to be loaded. I cleaned it up (barefoot) and sat it out front as "Yard Art" for the Holiday weekend.
A big thank you to those who are serving, who have served, and their families!!!
If I'm in engineering meetings it is my Trek LS's or Bormio's. If I'm at one of our manufacturing facilities then it is my Leather NB's with "Oasha toes" since they have developed a toe aversion. Then of course, barefoot to the car and home unless a stop requiring being me to be shod is needed. If so, then a pair of KSO's or EL-X's that match my attire that were placed behind my front seat in the morning..... Really, it's KSO's and EL-X's that give me the ground feel and ability to use my toes that I crave, all my other pairs are just to satisfy proper dress etiquette. I really want the Capri's to come out.
Would be cool to shoot a rubber band at someone with your feet.
That sounds like a challenge....
I'm mischievous at times. A longtime co-worker is weirded out by my dexterous "abilities" and I've been known to un-tie her (and others) shoe laces when standing and talking if I'm dressed casual and wearing my KSO's or EL-X's instead of my Trek LS's or Bormios to work.
No problem VM, I'm a guy and I have no problem being naked (from the ankles down). It's just not "me" to talk about my feet in that manor. Now picking up a pen, nut or bolt that rolled away is different. That I do all the time, that's cool and wierds people out
Wait until they pick flowers on their own and you walk into a store or public place without noticing.... I walked across a grassy area a few years ago to get to the airport. It wasn't until I got to the line at security that I noticed the purple flower between my toes.....
Back to the topic- I have definitely not found this to be the case. My feet have certainly not gotten softer, probably because I also like going barefoot. I don't think soft feet are better or healthier. Well certainly not healthier. I have seen stuff like this "don't worry your feet will actually get softer going barefoot" This just does not make any sense. There's plenty of people who can walk over rocks with no problem, not something you can accomplish with soft feet.
I didn't want to get into this thread as this topic just feels odd to talk about as a man, but I'll disagree. I'm barefootin for a reason. I walk barefoot, run barefoot over many surfaces, use my feet as hands, and do virtually everything barefoot (even shovel snow on occasion). My feet are soft with no calluses like shod feet. My "pads" are very thick (one large callus by definition), but soft to the touch and are exceptional at protecting me from rocks, thorns, thistles, etc. Honestly, my feet are softer to the touch then my hands... (Ok, saying that was just weird ) They are naturally exfoliated (for lack of a better description) by their surroundings. I will say the same for my wife and kids feet. We are all barefooter's for lack of a better term. My kids have perfectly formed feet, awesome toe splay, and no calluses on their toes or heels from being crammed in conventional foot coverings. Maybe it's our form, farm surroundings, stone drive we run on, creek, etc., but we have soft bare feet......
Depending on how bad and where they fell apart you may be able to get creative with Shoe Goo. I put my daughters one pair of KSO's back together and they have lasted a few months now. For the toes I cut up an old sock and rolled "toes" to stick in the pockets and used clips, tywraps, and clothespins to put pressure where it was needed. I used a baby medicine syringe, cut drinking straw and tooth picks to get the goo where needed.
I must request the ability to order "add an aid" kits for those who have 6 or more toes. "Single aid" kits would be even better as it would suit a wider variety of digit challenged customers without having to waste items in the originally marketed kit.
Went to church in my Bormios, replaced a leaking hot water heater that we found before bed last night barefoot, and climbed up on the roof and cleaned out the rain gutters before a week of predicted rain also while barefoot.
....Snakes, big palm size spiders, and poo are the hazzards...
Yikes! Those I definitely could not deal with, though I guess if you step on them you'll probably have bigger problems than getting your feet a little dirty.
Luckily 95% of the time we only see non-venemous snakes. Normally the venomous ones stay closer to the creek and you just need to be aware of your surroundings and be able to identify them. The spiders are just big, but in the event that one gets on you they are just as anxious to get off as you are to get them off. Besides, I'd take most critters over neighbors that walk upright.....
All I wear are VFF's (for many years) and have flown virtualy every week for over 12 years with at least two legs being upgraded to first class. Normally I'm in my grey palm KSO's or recently my EL-X's...... I've never had an un-welcome comment, normally just a smile and request to take my jacket... I'd at least make it known via email to the Airline.
We had a big storm a short while back, wherein a neighbor's garbage ended up strewn over my property (can must have been knocked over). This included at least one condom (that I've found). YMMV. ;-)
Um, gross, but at least you know they are being responsible. It would take one heck of a wind for me to get something like that in my yard and my closest neighbors aren't using such items (deer, fox, coyote, possum)