How to Start Going Barefoot

Have you ever wanted to live a more carefree, natural life? Going barefoot is a great way to do so, but if you don't know what to do, here is a guide.


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    Figure out the reason why you want to go barefoot: Is it healthier, a feeling of freedom, fashion, your philosophy, because others do it or because you think that will make you look cool? If you wanted to go barefoot in the past but thought you couldn't do it, think about the reasons for it (parents telling you not to, being shy, not sure how others will react to it, thinking your feet are gross, etc).
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    Start slowly, because the best way to start is to go barefoot at home to get your feet used to being open and free. When walking, do not shuffle and place your toes down first, then the heel.
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    Start walking outdoors on smooth textures, this will help you get your feet calloused a bit. Do not go too far away and allow your feet to get used to direct contact with rough surfaces.
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    Start walking on rougher surfaces such as asphalt, but don't do this during the summer, because it gets very hot. Carry an ice pack or some bandages if your feet get sore or you cut yourself.
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    Start challenging yourself by walking over gravel for a short time.
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    Start going on good length walks over rough surfaces, that way your feet will be calloused even more.
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    Go everywhere barefoot. Some places will not let you in but most will accept it, and check with your employer to see if it is okay to go barefoot during the workday.


  • If you are shy, try taking another person along. They will help you keep your mind occupied and off the thought "what other people think of me being barefoot".
  • You may also start walking barefoot in places where there already barefoot people, for example in a summer resort, go barefoot to a swimming pool or to a beach, or go somewhere during the night with a pair of shoes in hand, pretending you came back from a party.
  • Just go slow, because your biggest enemy is your own enthusiasm.
  • Take peoples' comments as compliments or just ignore them. Most people will not pay any attention to you or your feet anyway.


  • Watch out for broken glass, needles or nails when walking at first since they may cut your foot.
  • Be careful on cold days. Your toes may go numb before you notice frost damage. Approach your temperature limits with great caution and keep moving to keep your circulation going.
  • Feet are the parts of the body most likely to get dirty and smelly, especially from walking in places like stagnant water and mud, so wash them once you are done barefoot walking.
  • Your feet may increase in size due to frequent barefoot walking.

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