So our friend Joe Nation turned me on to a book this year called 'Born to Run', which I enjoyed very much.
The book speaks of runners who run up to 100 miles basically barefoot. I started doing this myself (I currently run about 4 miles a week completely barefoot and 15 miles in some special shoes called Vibram Five Fingers, and I still run about 10 miles in normal running shoes).
This got me thinking though about going barefoot wherever and whenever possible. I found a website of people who do this called the Society for Barefoot Living at http://www.barefooters.org/
From their "Who we are" page
We are a group of people who love going barefoot pretty much everywhere, all the time (not just around the house or at the beach), as a lifestyle choice, including out and about on streets, stores, in the country, and hiking.
We enjoy walking barefoot as nature intended, taking delight in feeling the many textures the world has to offer, like having tough, callused soles, and even think it's cool to get them dirty. We also hate wearing shoes and, if we had our way, would never wear them again. Shoes are unnecessary ballast. Plus, bare feet are cool and look great!
Ever take off your shoes and walk barefoot through the grass, on the beach, etc? We bet you have. Why did you do it? Because it feels good! We've just extended that to everyday life. Know what? It feels even better!
So far my experience has been very limited. I've only gone to the local mini-mart, Subway, and grocery store barefoot, but the Subway was very not kosher with my choice.
Curious what you guys think about the movement in general and also curious if any of you do this too?