What is this icon for?
It means "Bare Feet OK". As in, no one needs 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 unshod lifestyle and its benefits to our health and well-being. The icon indicates a place where footwear is optional, and where all members of the public, shod or otherwise, are equally welcome and respected. Specific signs of this sort are a concept, and should really be unnecessary in a truly enlightened society. But with shoes so explicitly called out as they are now, this can be a useful transition tool -- a much more friendly replacement for the archaic "no service" nonsense we still see here and there, providing a sensible and positive statement for the greater good.
Human feet are inherently strong and capable, and modern medical science shows that we should be letting them work for us as intended. "Barefooting" continues to gain social traction, so to speak, as a simple choice in our personal day-to-day living -- just like hairstyles, body art, jewelry, and hats.
There is absolutely nothing wrong about not wearing shoes. (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Outdated sixties-era prejudice causes many people to think otherwise, that going barefoot is unsanitary, unsafe, illegal, indecent, or too weird.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 brainwashing against bare feet has never had any basis in reality, science, logic, or law. 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 -- living without shoes is not just a "hippie thing" anymore, it's going more mainstream because it's good for us.
[See this update about the Barefoot is Legal group.]
Many other resources and facts can be found by searching for a few
simple pairs of words.
Just combine "barefoot" with just about any other word describing the
frequently voiced concerns or excuses, and you'll get a surprising amount
of information on the physiological benefits of losing the shoes:
health barefoot liability barefoot barefoot safety barefoot running fitness barefoot training barefoot classroom barefoot
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.
Presenting a more welcoming public stance in these changing times is simple and low-cost. High-resolution, print-ready sign artwork is available here, 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 below for further inquiries; we are here to help.
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.
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