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Place your questions in the comment box, and after I approve it, I will respond in kind.

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  1. Hi Justine,
    As a barefooter I have sometimes come across the barefoot police. These individuals did not want accept my explanation that I have hard calloused feet and therefore I am not worried about cutting or injuring my feet. I even explained to them that going barefoot in most places is legal and there are no laws against it! Any suggestions when dealing with the anti-barefoot types?

    • Oh… THOSE assholes. No, don’t deal with them, you can’t win, they’re positively stuck in that weird cowardly uptight ignorant indignant place. Here’s how I deal with it… I find places where the people are cool, loose, and know the laws. It’s a losing battle to fight those people, they not only can not, but will not be willing to consider it. However, with places like Walmart (which I ethically hate) who does not have a “no bare feet” policy, when some uptight prick or biddy comes down on me, I call corporate. Last time I found a reasonable woman at corporate who stood up for me, and the next day I had apologetic calls from two managers, one of whom I now use to say “Talk to assistant manager so-and-so…” in case I am harassed again. If you do not find a sympathetic individual at corporate, call until you do, it helps to mention that you know they do not have such a policy. Sorry my answer is so wholly unhelpful and disappointing… but no, there’s nor reasoning with frightened and uptight people. Bummer!… Next question…

  2. Thanks. I never thought about going to upper management because I felt they would also be jerks about it. Also, there is a woman at my bank that always makes flirty little comments about my bare feet and even has said several times that I have “really nice feet”. I don’t mind because she is so nice and cool. Besides the foot fetish types which I’m sure flood your website, have you ever had people make flirty comments about your feet in your daily life, whether stranger or someone you know?

    • Yes, Neil, I get flirty comments, which at best I rather enjoy, and at worst are inappropriate and creepy if not downright predatory. One day I will hear the right flirty comment from the right guy (or gal), and who knows…

      The ones that freak me out are the ones that come when I am alone on the street and some stranger says something revolting like, “I’d suck those little toes…” such comments only come from the least appealing sorts of men.

      Honestly, I figured by now I’d have enjoyed more of the sweeter flirtations… but it hasn’t worked out that way.

  3. Sorry to hear about the creepy, predator like comments. I guess as a guy I am not as likely to deal with such assholes! You seem like a cool, creative and spiritual person that doesn’t deserve such treatment, but then again no one deserves to be mistreated! You are also very attractive so I’m sure the right guy or girl will eventually come along. Keep them bare and fuck the gross jerks that say nasty crap about your bare feet!

  4. I go barefoot to stores and restaurants all the time and very rarely have any issues at all. I am constantly spreading awareness and acceptance for the barefoot lifestyle, not only for myself but for others as well. Sorry I don’t have a question at the moment. :-)

  5. Hi Justine,
    What is the most extreme or difficult surface you have walked barefoot on? Are there any places you try to avoid?

    BTW I think it is so awesome that you go barefoot 24/7.

    • I am not certain if my answer will satisfy you completely, but since I am barefoot all the time, I more or less have hit all the extreme and difficult surfaces. Look through my blog pics, you will see me hiking in the snow (which I used to do for 90 minutes or more at a time), across hot Florida blacktop, and even in ruins over glassy floors. I’ve travelled long distances barefoot, I’ve kinda done it all. Are there any surfaces I avoid? I guess not, I mean I have simply had to face public restrooms without a second thought. It’s funny, but I’m a classic germaphobe, yet I have somehow managed to turn that mostly off from the ankles down. What I avoid is lengthy exposure to blacktop, asphalt and cement as those surfaces give me heel fissures, which I hate. I walk ‘em, but when I have to be on them long term I stop and lotion a lot, I even wear band-aids on my heels just to keep them from splitting. I hope this satisfies your needs. Oh, down here in Florida I avoid going into the woods in the spring and summer (even fall) simply to avoid ticks and chiggers.

      • And the last time I owned shoes was 2 and a half years ago, and I hadn’t been wearing them before that anyhow. Be well and don’t be shy, I’m not upset about barefoot questions unless they get slimy. And yes, it is awesome to be barefoot 24/7. I have NO intention of getting over it or giving it up. Even lately I have gone into the BMV, courthouse, into a hearing, and always barefoot.

      • Have you ever had to stand still or walk very slowly on hot blacktop, such as at a crowded street festival or at a county fair with mostly asphalt fairgrounds?

        I know it burns a lot during mid-afternoon peak heat hours (enough to get that increasing prickly feeling), but did you have to find shade soon enough or where you able to just tough it out (by lifting a burning foot one at a time in the air to cool it off, or similar heat relief methods) for as long as you had to stand or walk more slowly?

        • Of course, I’ve had all those experiences. I worked a festival circuit for a summer, travelled all over to various festivals, most of which were on asphalt, blacktop and concrete. I’m not one to force sensation or endurance, life offers plenty of those opportunities organically. For the most part, when the ground is hot, I will tend to tough it out as long as I can, but merely as a matter of course. About once a year, though, I will find a surface that is simply far too hot to endure, and I will continue to walk it if I must, but will go around when the opportunity presents itself. After all, I live in Florida… the parking lots here can be a challenge to endure on many days. My soles are tough and inured, but I do have my limits… though wearing shoes is never an option. our feet can endure far more heat and cold than we realize.

  6. Justine,

    What do you think of firewalking? It is a hardcore barefoot activity but at the same time can be very spirtual and even life changing for some people. Do you have any thoughts on this subject?

    • I would be up for it. It’s a hardcore activity, perhaps, but even shoddies do it, so I’m not sure it’s about being a hardcore barefooter. The opportunity for me to do it has not really come my way. Lately the blacktop here in Florida has been about as hot as fire. HARD on the soles! Thanks, Max, keep posting, keep reading, keep asking questions.

  7. Hi ! hum I don’t really know how to ask, and I’m french so my english may burn your eyes…
    I just had a quick look on your site and if I understand, you made a story about a barefoot girl named at you, here is my question : is this character based on your personnal experience? or is she more like the girl you wanted to be? or something else.
    I know this may sound a little wierd, mostly because I don’t really have any passion for art in general but I though this could be interesting to know more about the process you followed.
    By the way I read some of you comments and answers, and I can tell you that here in “the country of human rights” (France) you can’t be barefoot unless it’s on the beach or on the grass without hundreds eyes judging you.
    I wish you good luck and fun :)

    • Thomas, sorry I just found your question. Yes, I did do a story about a barefoot girl, her story was a mythologized autobiography. I have always identified with other women in fiction, comics, movies and such, but I rarely found a woman I could relate to in eroticism. It was my intent to create a character that was far more complicated than usual, one with whom I could share joys, pains, sorrows and ecstasies. Yes, she kind of was who I wanted to be at my best… and who I am at my worst. As it turned out, I no longer want to be her, I am quite content as the woman I am. I rarely talk about that aspect of my past essentially because in the end I simply had to throw those shoes away and walk the walk for myself, and in the end, I’m not sure the work was all that great. It was far too personal to perhaps make sense to a wider audience. Your English was fine, far far better then the French of most Americans, never apologize for that. Anyone who can speak a second language (even poorly) is to be admired, never made fun of.

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