Hmm.. Reminds me of a kid a long long time ago that got hounded on cold days to wear gloves and a hat when walking for the school bus (although shoes were optional
) As soon as was out of site of the house the gloves and hat were off.... So were shoes until they had to be on for the bus ride and school. Being a guy we weren't allowed to wear opened toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops of any kind (although girls could
).... I wish I would have had VFF's at your age.... Are they like being barefoot? The KSO's and EL-X's are as close as you can be and still use your toes to grasp items and feel terrain, but barefoot you are not
I am not advocating you disobey your parents.... Mine knew as I had a very similar conversation with my son at 14 as my Dad did with me at a much earlier age... At 14 my son virtually refused to wear a jacket to school since it wasn't "cool". I came up with a compromise when I was younger which I shared with my son... Wear it when in when standing in front of the barn waiting for the bus and take it off in "rebellion" once you get on the bus so you still look "cool". That way he at least had his gear with him if the bus broke down or lost heat.
Do you homework on barefooting and see if you can find a way to be bare if even for a little. Share information about other cultures and benefits. It is just how some of us are wired. Some of us crave the feel of our surroundings and using our feet even if your parents don't. It's hard for people to understand this if they can't experience it or relate. Trust me, I'm questioned on almost every bare run....