Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bare Feet

re-post

In the UK and the USA a lot of people feel a sense of disgust and abjection towards feet. Of course, in many Asian countries, the foot is considered to be unclean. However, this is in connection with the fact that the foot touches the ground. Thus, shoes are considered to be far more unclean than the naked foot. In an Asian home, barefeet are acceptable, but shoes are not. This is actually the very opposite of the western abjection of the foot.

It is very common in internet discussions about shoes-off in homes for the subject of barefeet to be raised. It is argued that barefeet are disgusting, more so than the dirt on peoples' shoes. Of course, if you do feel that feet are disgusting, you can still ask visitors to remove their shoes if you lend then flip flops or socks to wear. Angie mentioned this in a previous post.

It is very likely that the sense of disgust about barefeet will decline. Sandals and flip flops have become incredibly popular in the UK and the USA. People are becoming more used to exposed feet. And ladies (and maybe some men) are spending good money on keeping them looking nice.

The argument that feet are more unhygienic than shoes is quite wrong. Unless a person has been going barefoot outdoors, they will not have been picking up the awful things that the soles of shoes pick up (though sandal-shod feet do get a bit dusty). You may think your feet are disgusting, however, you undoubtedly have more germs on your hands than on your feet. Feet are usually remarkably cleaner than the average pair of hands.

6 comments:

richyrich said...

One point about bare feet is that if you have carpets, they say that oils from the feet can damage them. Therefore if you do have carpets (as I have)it is preferable to wear socks or slippers when walking on them.I'm nearly always in my socks around my own home.

richyrich said...

Here's another link

http://natsthename.blogspot.com/2008/06/leave-your-shoes-at-door.html

Celestial Fundie said...

Any wear to carpets caused by bare feet is minimal compared to the damage caused by shoes.

You have to bear in mind that in those Middle Eastern countries where they have the best carpets in the world, people are often barefoot. So it can't be that damaging.

If you have a shoes-off policy, it is best to accept that some people will be barefoot in your house. A lot of people do find it pleasurable to be barefoot.

Of course, you could insist that visitors put some socks on and provide them with them, but I think it seems a little harsh to ban barefeet as well as banning shoes. That is just my opinion of course.

God Bless

Matthew

Celestial Fundie said...

I actually saw that page yesterday. Thanks.

Phyllis Sommer said...

how did you find my post?! this is a great idea for a blog, i am with you about shoes off in the house. i do sometimes feel a little awkward asking new guests to do it but they usually catch on pretty quickly. thanks for visiting.

Celestial Fundie said...

Phylis, by using a search engine.

Thanks for commenting and dropping by.

Don't be afraid to ask new guest to remove their shoes; they are unlikely to be offended. And if they were, they probably don't deserve to be your guests.

God Bless

Matthew