Origins, purpose, and developmental artwork

Let's face it, the main page of any barefoot-advocacy site could rattle on for screenfuls about how our feet are marvelous examples of evolutionary engineering, tough and resistant yet exquisitely sensitive to their immediate environment, and not some sort of delicate flowers to be mollycoddled and protected from the world at large.  And about how convention so ironically tries to by encasing them in dark, moist fungus-farms where they fester and stink and bring on all kinds of completely avoidable problems.  While it's all true, there are plenty of other sites which take that up at length.

That's not what outbarefoot is for -- it's only here to deliver a brief but effective statement, somewhat directed toward the doubters, and then a short and highly accessible list of pointers to the best-of other sites around the internet which have been supporting the shoeless lifestyle for much longer.  We're out doing our daily activity and business without the harmful confinement of shoes; we go out to parks and woods and mountains and enjoy the glory of nature while being in better touch with it; and maybe we're even "out of the closet" about going barefoot because we've always wanted to and no longer wish to feel socially repressed about it.  It's a site-name you can hand someone on a simple card, or speak over a bad phone connection and still be confident they'll spell it right into a browser.

So other than occasional updates of helpful ancillary material, this site's work is mostly done -- the rest is up to the reader to dig in and become more enlightened.

Below are some of the early concepts for a logo, and we should remain open to other ideas.  Various layouts for effective signage were tried and rejected as too confusing, too complex, too obscure, too reminiscent of someone sleeping or having sex, etc.  The ultimate goal is a commonly recognizable icon and format, like the standardized signs along highways, aiding widespread public acceptance.  The color scheme is reminiscent of that used for parks and attractions, where people go for recreation, relaxation, and learning.

While "OK" itself is recognizable in almost any language or culture, these failed to make the immediate concept of "Barefoot-Friendly" or "Bare Feet Welcome" sufficiently clear to all viewers.  And trying to use a fully iconic (left-foot, right-foot, thumb-up) presentation would just lead to the ignorant haters displaying it upside-down!

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stupid idea #1 (hover or click)

Whatever form might ultimately be adopted, even if it's just universal *lack* of any signs requiring footwear and greater knowledge to accept the simple and harmless choices we make, this really needs to become a national-level effort on the scale of convincing people to quit smoking and use seatbelts.  Everyone must be free to decide on all of these things for themselves.


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