Since I began going barefoot, I've developed my own unofficial "Code of Conduct." It's my own guidelines of how I will act and present myself when going barefoot. It helps me to be comfortable going unshod and assists with the "mental comfort" of others. Your own code of conduct may vary:
The Barefoot Code of Conduct: Michael Edition
- Go barefoot on my own property whenever practical and generally safe.
- Go barefoot to public places whenever comfortable, practical, generally safe and not prohibited by posted policy or signage.
- Wear minimalist footwear, whenever practical, to places where bare feet are prohibited by policy or signage.
- Walk barefoot on grass or other natural ground coverings whenever possible.
- Drive barefoot whenever practical and convenient.
- Keep "backup" footwear in my vehicle or closer when visiting public places barefoot.
- Keep "backup" footwear in the immediate area whenever I drive barefoot.
- Keep baby wipes accessible in case they are needed to clean my feet of significant dirt.
- Wipe my feet of minor particles on grass, pavement or ground mat prior to entering a home or business.
- Clean (using baby wipes) my feet of significant dirt before entering a home or business.
- Kindly and courteously discuss the benefits and dispel the myths of going barefoot if challenged or questioned by other persons.
- Encourage others to explore the benefits of barefooting.
- Go barefoot into someone's home if they request that I wear footwear.
- Go barefoot into a public place if posted policy or signage prohibits bare feet or requests footwear.
- Go barefoot if doing so would put my feet at high risk of injury.
- Walk shod on grass or ground coverings if other paved or stone walkways are reasonably available to get to my destination.
- Continue to go barefoot in a public place if law enforcement or other authority demands I put on footwear.
- Argue the benefits of barefooting to the point of disturbing the public peace or putting myself, family or friends around me at risk of being expelled from a public place or arrested by law enforcement.
- Go to bed at night prior to wiping or cleaning my feet of minor or significant particles or dirt.
Please note that "public places" refers to any outdoor or indoor area where the general public is invited or accepted to gather and/or do business. This policy is subject to future change as necessary and I welcome your feedback in the comments section below.