Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bare Feet


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 could still ask visitors to remove their shoes if you were too lend them 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.


Moderate Mouse said...

I'm going out of town this summer to babysit my 7-year-old nephew. As content as my nephew is to go barefoot at home (out of comfort, I'm assuming; as far as I know, my sister doesn't have any rules regarding shoes), I'm not comfortable with doing the same myself, so when I do go, I'm planning on taking my ballet-flat-style slippers with me for when I'm wearing jeans, capris, or (maybe) a skirt and my blue "at home" flip-flops for when/if I wear shorts. (I can't see the flat slippers working with shorts, which I don't really like wearing, but I own four pairs and feel obligated to find time to wear at least one of said pairs in the summer, but I digress.)

(By the way, CF, I noticed that, in the second paragraph, where I'm sure you meant to put "if you lend them," the word "then" is there instead of "them.")

New York mold removal said...

It is true sometimes the foot needs to set free from the socks and the shoes to breathe free...but for that the surroundings and the floor has to be very clean.There should not be any fungus on the floor else the fungal diseases are sure to attack.