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Organic Dining Experience in Las Vegas

» A Guest Contribution by Sam Marquit from Fair Marquit Value As a green commercial contractor my job allows for me to travel to a number of different cities, countries and meet many different people. Las Vegas is one city I travel to quite often. While the city is certainly known for its bright lights, glits and glamour, it is actually one of the most sustainable cities in the United States. One hotel in particular, the Palazzo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas was actually named the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America”. In addition to its green hotels sin city hosts a number of organic restaurants and many are right inside those sustainable hotels. […]

First barefooting spring 2013

Last week, I was 4 days in Bergen, Norway, at a work conference, with 300 participants from Norway and 6 foreign countries. I thought this would be a great event to start my barefoot season for this year. The temperature is 3-5 °C and the snow is melting most places. During this conference I was barefoot all the time, mainly in three different settings: in the hotel restaurant, during the day at the conference, and in the evening going out around Bergen. A movie theatre in Bergen, named after the Norwegian Viking Magnus Berrføtt (1073-1103) who ruled Norway for 10 years and was killed in battle. “Berrføtt” means barefoot and it should be obvious how he earned his nickname. […]

Altoids Tin Emergency Kit

After 20+ years of barefooting, I have learnt that preparation is key in order to have a good experience while enjoying a walk around the city or a hike out in the trails. Therefore, I have put together a pocket-size kit that I carry with me on all my excursions in the event that I should step on or touch something that might present some problems. […]

Barefoot in Business

» A Guest Contribution by fellow Barefooter Randy Scott owner of Barefoot Art & Antiques Whenever we hear about folks enjoying the barefoot lifestyle, we normally think of doing so in a non-work related environment, but what about the idea of not only living – but working – barefoot? Sound crazy? Not really. And like most topics surrounding the barefoot lifestyle, don’t rush to judgement. Not too long ago, barefoot competitive running would have been quickly criticized, but is now very popular and practically mainstream. Take it from a business owner that has been doing it for years! Of course, many businesses simply cannot allow employees to be barefoot for many reasons. Some are obvious like working in warehouse or construction positions where OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) rules (in the USA), or other similar organizations elsewhere in the world, dictate. And of course, there are common sense rules that apply as well, no matter where you live. The potential for harm to your bare feet exists in many work environments. I believe they all pretty much speak to themselves so no need to dwell here. […]

Winter Barefooting – Tackling the cold months while keeping our feet happy

I’m probably the least qualified person to ask about going barefoot (at least completely barefooted) in the winter, as I am not very accomplished at this as I see other barefooters are. However, with my somewhat limited experience, and for what I understand from other more accomplished winter bare and “snowfooters”, I have come to understand that successful barefooting in winter really boils down to a few key aspects: Personal and natural ability to withstand (and enjoy) lower temperatures Let’s face it, some of us like winter more than others and some of us feel the cold more drastically than others. Therefore some people will be naturally more accomplished at barefooting in the winter. We can’t forget the “enjoyment” part: While some of us might actually wait and hope for a cold snap or a snow fall to go out and experience it “first-foot”, others might not want anything to do with that. Conditioning As they say, practice makes perfect! The more we go out and push our limits, the more accomplished we can become at staying barefoot through the winter. Opportunity This has to do mostly with geographical and weather conditions, as well as our physical environment. We have to take into account that winter conditions vary from place to place. Here in Toronto, for instance, we tend to have much less snow that other areas in Canada but we have a fair amount of dampness. Another aspect that makes winter barefooting challenging in cities like Toronto or Ottawa is the amount of salt and other chemicals used on the roads and sidewalks to help keeping the ice and snow at bay – I find these much more irritating than the actual cold temperatures or the snow. […]

Bigots and Barefooters

» A Guest Contribution by fellow Barefooter Christopher Younkin from The Being Barefoot Podcast. I read a disturbingly bigoted letter to the editor of the Loyala University (New Orleans) campus newspaper, The Maroon. The letter, written by “mass communication senior,” John Bickle, this past April, responds to an article about barefooters on campus. The article itself is fairly lame and doesn’t represent the reality of barefooting at all. Still, the response by Bickle displays such ignorance and bigotry that, as tolerant and relaxed as I try to be, I was upset by it. […]

What do “they” think of “us”?

I always find it interesting to ponder about what non-barefooters think of us barefooter when they interact with us in public. A prevalent subject during these interactions is the warnings about the (apparently imminent) dangers I will encounter while not having any foot protection in the outdoors. After giving it a thought, I’ve come to the realization that the great majority of shoe-wearing people, in their over-dependence on footwear, think we don’t weigh the consequences before we make our decision to step anywhere in bare feet. […]

A Barefoot Chat with Dr. Steve Gangemi
“The Sock Doc”

Dr. Steve Gangemi is a holistic physician, specializing in chiropractic and functional neurology. A 16-time Iron Man participant, and a barefooting advocate, he is actually known for wearing only socks [...]

The Being Barefoot Podcast Interview

I had the great pleasure to meet barefooter and podcaster Christopher Younkin on Skype last Friday. We chatted for about 1 and a half hour comparing notes about our barefoot [...]

A Barefoot Conversation with
Dale Blacker, RMT

Dale Blacker is a Registered Massage Therapist from Toronto, Canada who enjoys the benefits from walking and spending a good amount of time in bare feet - even at work [...]

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