What is this icon for?
It means "Bare Feet OK". As in, you don't need shoes on to be here. It's a simple graphic intended for a sign, a sticker, a flag, a web image, or any other display where someone wishes to show their acceptance and appreciation for the barefoot lifestyle and its benefits to our health and well-being. Human feet are inherently strong and capable, and medical science shows that we should be letting them work for us as intended. The icon indicates a place where footwear is optional, and where all members of the public, shod or otherwise, are equally welcome and respected. "Barefooting" continues to gain social traction, so to speak, as a simple choice in our personal day-to-day living -- just like hairstyles, jewelry, hats, and body art.
There is absolutely nothing wrong about not wearing shoes. Anywhere. (Disagree? Read on.)
Outdated sixties-era prejudice causes many people to think otherwise, that going barefoot is unsanitary, unsafe, illegal, indecent, or too weird. Or that places of business are somehow liable for their customers' feet. None of that is true, and the persistent mythology and discrimination against bare feet has never had any basis in reality, science, or logic. If you don't believe that then here are some links to help set you straight, but you have to do your part and READ their content. The truth is out there -- it's not just a "hippie thing" anymore, it's going mainstream.
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Footwear also has nothing to do with food safety.
Read our Guidelines for Merchants and Venues to help protect your organization from legal risks. Discriminating against patrons or forcing them into a compromised situation exposes you to more liability in some unexpected ways, so you are better off simply leaving them be. Find out why, and what you can do.
Spread the truth! You can print cards for this site, and give them to people who aren't aware of the facts.
Here's a short site history page on what motivates this, including some alternate [but discarded] ideas for public signage. High-resolution, print-ready artwork is available, and can be customized for any preferred layout or form factor. Places of business which cling to unfounded worries about liability can also display "(at patron's own risk)" or the like, but there's no real-life legal need for such statements. Use the contact link for further inquiries.
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