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    How come if people want to go nude they wear shoes and socks? Why can't people just be fully naked? You're not really free when your toes are crammed.

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    Obviously we wear shoe or at least flip flops on hot days to protect our feet from hot sand, pavement etc.

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    • #3
      Much as I enjoy nude hiking, I always wear footwear. Forest trails are just a bit hard on the feet. And flip flops all the time on the deck and in the back yard. Now that I think of it, I guess I kind of consider flip flops a part of being naked around the house, too.

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      • #4
        If you could go barefoot, will you?

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        • #5
          Sure. I go naked around the house and that means barefoot too, until I'm going out onto the deck, in the back yard, etc. Then I also put a hat on, but don't think that changes the fact that I am nude. Coming back into the house, I often leave the flip flops on, on the ground floor. But I don't go barefoot when I'm nude hiking... I usually go several miles. Then I think going barefoot would be a tad uncomfortable after a few yards.

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          • #6
            The vast majority of people have tender soles on their feet and rocks, sticks, or other objects can be very painful if not dangerous.

            It is prudent to wear some sort of foot wear to protect those sensitive parts of the foot. You are just as naked with shoes on as not. If I had shoes and a jock strap on then I would not be naked, nearly so but not.

            Lets not be so judgemental over small points. Is only shoes and everything else is free.

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            • #7
              The original purpose of clothes was to protect the body. When I was a boy we went barefoot all the time and had tough soles. That's not the case anymore so when needed, we wear shoes. And we wear socks to guard against blisters and to absorb sweat.

              I wear boots when splitting wood because I don't need a piece of wood landing on my foot and breaking something. And I wear a hat, gloves and boots when shoveling snow (see avatar at left) because that gives the appropriate amount of protection I deem that I need when doing that activity.

              Rich

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              • #8
                If we walked around bare foot all the time, our feet would toughen up that way.

                Even the Bushmen in Africa need to pull some thorns out now and then!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by R.M.GREENMAN2:
                  If we walked around bare foot all the time, our feet would toughen up that way.

                  Even the Bushmen in Africa need to pull some thorns out now and then!
                  What you are saying is true but we would have to forgo shoes in all situations and have the necessary climate to go along with our shoeless existence.

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                  • #10
                    There are some of 'US' who do have tender soles who have to wear shoes/sandals when on certain surfaces. I try to stay barefooted as much as possible, but I have to put something on whe on asphalt, hot surfaces, rocks, etc. Some have tougher soles than others. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those.

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                    • #11
                      Sometimes we need to wear footwear as its more practical and safe.For instance if walking over rocks....or maybe on grass where there are bees!Similarly, we wear a hot when under the hot burning sun.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RichNH: I wear boots when splitting wood because I don't need a piece of wood landing on my foot and breaking something. And I wear a hat, gloves and boots when shoveling snow (see avatar at left) because that gives the appropriate amount of protection I deem that I need when doing that activity.

                        Rich
                        Macho man!

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                        • #13
                          When outdoors, I usually wear a hat and sandals, keep my glasses on, and carry a towel and water bottle. However, it does feel good to kick off the sandals, drop everything else, and even get rid of the glasses.

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                          • #14
                            As another said, as a kid I was barefoot all the time and feet were quite tuff. That of course has changed but I do go barefoot allot still but do not have tuff feet. Little rocks do get me and I have trees that grow leaves that have thorns and those certainly get me. So shoes are in order for sure, at least sandals which I wear allot,

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                            • #15
                              I go barefoot as much as possible. When walking down to the garden, I need sandals to protect my feet against the gravel I've on my tractor paths. Otherwise, when riding the tractor down to the garden I go totally naked (except for a sweat band). I need to be barefoot in the garden to avoid stepping on watermellons and too many vines.

                              When not mowing the grass (wear steel toed shoes for that), I'm barefoot up around the house.

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