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 health benefits. The image 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 a social foothold, 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Outdated sixties-era prejudice causes many people to think otherwise, that being barefoot is unsanitary, unsafe, illegal, indecent, or too weird.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.
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 source files allow print-ready artwork to be customized for any preferred layout or form factor. Places of business which cling to unfounded worries about liability can add "(at patron's own risk)" or the like at the bottom, but there's no real-life legal need for such statements.
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