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The Story of One Grandmother’s First Time Getting Kicked Out of a Store (for the crime of being barefoot)

July 30, 2018

While on vacation last week, hanging out near the ice cream freezer as my son bought my three granddaughters frozen treats at a little grocery store/restaurant/bait shop in the Eastern Sierra, I got a grumpy look and comment from the cashier about my apparently wretched state of barefooted-ness, which I took as an invitation to mosey on out the door.

Was I upset at being humiliated in front of my three innocent grandkids?

Nah. Once they joined me outside, we had fun theorizing why my bare feet would have any more filth on the bottom of them–or how they would lessen the swankiness of that establishment–any more than their wide-footed grandpa’s astonishingly decrepit hiking/biking/been-around-the-block-too-many-times Converse All-Stars:

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Inspired by my first run-in with The Man, I set up my little pocket camera along the trail this morning (where it was already sweltering at 7:30 am), and captured an image to go along with my newly created sign for more open-minded retail establishments:

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Happy BAREFOOT Summer Trails, y’all!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Airo permalink
    August 1, 2018 1:40 pm

    Hi ! I received the same treatment from Mc donald …
    maybe this could be a solution :
    https://www.feetfreex.com/single-post/2016/09/22/Sole-less-Footwear-Solutions

    Ciao

    Airo

    • August 2, 2018 7:13 am

      Thanks for the link, Airo–I don’t remember hearing about Feet Freex before, and now am following this interesting entity on FB ๐Ÿ™‚
      I really liked Jessi’s approach to “Sole-less Footwear Solutions” and her examples of how to use cord/lacing/twine to look like sandal straps–for so many of the reasons she listed: Individuality, Travel, Frugality, Access, Social Interaction, Earth-Friendly. Happy Trails!

  2. Adrian Garza permalink
    July 30, 2018 5:07 pm

    As a fellow barefooter, living in SoCal, Iโ€™m sorry that the vibe you got implied you โ€œhad to leave.โ€ I hope you donโ€™t get that vibe again.

    • July 30, 2018 5:22 pm

      Thanks for the kind words . . . I actually try to never go in stores barefoot (don’t enjoy conflict), but we’d been hiking. Happy So Cal trails! Do you have a favorite barefoot hiking trail? I’ve found the sandy paths of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to be really enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Adrian Garza permalink
        August 1, 2018 4:55 pm

        Understood, Maโ€™am. I love being outdoors, but your point is taken! My bare feet can handle the heat, but my body is different. I need to get accustomed to the SoCal heat.

      • August 2, 2018 7:13 am

        And it’s been HOT here lately! Stay safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kelly Anderson permalink
    July 30, 2018 2:55 pm

    I got no issues with nekkid feet. Store owners have to be careful of liability if you were to damage your tootsies. Still, I gotta say that it’s hard to understand why a grocery store/bait shop would be fussy about bare feet, clean or dirty.

    • July 30, 2018 4:01 pm

      Ha! Thanks for the comment (dare I say, support?) Kelly! Hope all is well ๐Ÿ™‚

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