I very much prefer going barefoot (or as close as possible to that) over wearing shoes, especially closed-toe shoes. I'll pretty much wander around everywhere barefoot, even after dropping nasty little pointy bits of solidified molten solder drops and pins everywhere. Outdoors, if the ground is unbearably hot, I'll wear sandals.
...And yeah, I'm one of those nutters that'll insist on rocking sandals all year until it's below 30ºF out or until my toes turn red and start to hurt after a while. I've been guilty of walking through small layers of snow and ice on the ground in sandals as well. I'm not dead yet. Nor have I gotten seriously ill yet from doing so. But boy, everyone I know would be pissed, save for my former classmates and professors. They were used to seeing that.
But I really do prefer going barefoot everywhere if I can get away with it.Image used
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