Going barefoot (also barefooted) means for a person not to use, or to go without, any type of foot covering. It is traditional to go barefoot in many developing countries, but less common in industrialized countries for various reasons including societal taboos, health risks, inclement climate, fashions, and peer pressure against going barefoot. A barefooter is someone who prefers to go barefoot occasionally, often, or at all times. Calling oneself a barefooter implies that being barefoot is a voluntary choice (as opposed to, for example, not being able to afford shoes), or whenever use of footwear is decided to be unnecessary. Reasons for choosing to go barefoot include the sensation of one’s feet in direct contact with the ground, and to confirm many perceived spiritual or natural health benefits one may experience.
A great way to practice barefooting.
It is customary to remove one’s shoes when entering the home. If you are hired help, you leave your shoes by the outside mat. If you are a guest, you can bring them inside. Many Rickshaw drivers drive bare feet. Small shoe stores – expect you to leave your shoes outside. Therefore, you should not go out barefooted. When you enter the temple, you should take off your sandals, with a few exceptions. Some people just did not respect this rule. It’s monsoon season so it’s muddy and the carpet leading to the alter was so dirty, I would not allow Bob or Lia to bare their feet to go up to the temple. I have been sick twice already.
People wear sandals here. No one wear socks, except if you’re in the gym or going to work or school – which is then part of your uniform.
When I visited the doctor, shoes were allowed inside.
Today, Michael and I visited the dentist. We bared our feet and teeth.
Source: My walk thru India… | travel ~ yoga ~ self-discovery ~ dance