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Team Shoes or Team Barefoot?

By Trish
July 17, 2011

Welcome to our Sunday weekly feature of Which Team? Every Sunday we will have a poll-type article for you to chime in on. Don't be shy! This week's question: Do you shoe, or no?

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 16, 2011 6:10 PM CST
I have even been known to go barefoot in the snow when I lived in MS. It felt wonderful to my feet. I still on occasion will do that here in the PNW on the rare times we get snow. The grass and sidewalk still feel good to my feet, but I can no longer walk on gravel. : (
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Jul 16, 2011 6:45 PM CST
barefoot here too Hurray!
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Jul 16, 2011 7:14 PM CST
Grudgingly wearing shoes now. I grew up pretty much barefoot. Proud of my tough feet. I've found two scorpions in the house in the last several months, so now I'm not without my flip-flops.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 16, 2011 7:15 PM CST
Shoes all the time, except on the beach. I do wear sandals a lot in summer. At work, always gym shoes and socks.

My feet hurt without shoes.

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Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
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patrob
Jul 16, 2011 7:43 PM CST
I grew up going barefoot as much as I could, even though I was a city girl. I remember my mom trying to civilize me when I was about ten, and there were lots of places I could not go without shoes. Now I have an chronic ankle problem that demands good support, like New Balance shoes. Hate it, but I wear shoes even inside most of the time. I get the lightest NB shoes I can though, and even for working around the barn or riding, I don't wear boots.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Jul 16, 2011 7:55 PM CST
Barefoot, of course, except in early morning garden walks; I hate squishy slimy slugs between my toes.
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 9:03 PM CST
Barefoot on the grass, inside and on the balcony. Shoes on ladders!

But over all, barefoot gets my vote.
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Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
Twain Harte, CA (Zone 7a)
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1AnjL
Jul 16, 2011 9:09 PM CST
Shoes ARE an accessory...they accessorize every corner of my living space. I tend to kick them off the very second I am possibly able!

When I do wear shoes, its usually my bear paw slippers in the winter Lovey dubby Lovey dubby or moccasins in the summer. I cheerfully threw away every pair of 'heels' I had when I quit working outside the home Big Grin
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Jul 16, 2011 9:12 PM CST
AS a kid in the PNW and So. Cal, I was barefoot. After a couple of foot injuries. I learned to live with flip flops, now , as a senior with poor circulation, it's flip flops in summer, Uggs in winter. Hilarious!
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 9:12 PM CST
Just saying that we have a shoe contest going on at Garden Art.... Whistling
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Name: Mae Belle
Coastal Texas (Zone 9a)
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TexasBelle
Jul 16, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Barefoot......socks only when freezing.....flip flops when using shovel or spading fork!!!!!
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jul 16, 2011 9:50 PM CST
Barefoot! pretty much since I learned to walk. I only put shoes on to go to work or shopping.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 16, 2011 10:09 PM CST
Always barefooted in the house, but have to wear shoes in the garden...raccoon, dog, deer, armadillo poop is unpleasant to slip on.....bleak! And those shoes don't come into the house...

Hey! I was just going to make a witty comment about Nordstrom's shoe dept. being 3 miles from my front door...and the ad at the bottom of this thread is Nordstrom's! Can you people read minds, as well as programming?
Name: Lee
Willis, Texas
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TweedleLeeDee
Jul 17, 2011 1:05 AM CST
I'm closer to the earth......without shoes........(guess it's the "ol' hippy" comin' out).
The sticker burrs, ...velvet & fire ants,... scorpions or worse..... keep you "usually".. alert
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Phoenix, Az (Zone 9b)
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FrangipaniAz
Jul 17, 2011 1:19 AM CST
Barefoot AS MUCH as possible... flip flops in the garden, no matter what I'm doing... and truly that means no matter what I'm doing... scares the crap out of my hubby sometimes Rolling on the floor laughing I'm a nurse so I need to wear shoes at work, but even those are slip on clogs LOL... and now that I'm pregnant again I almost feel claustrophobic in my shoes... so yay, no shoes for me... shoeless Thumbs up shoes Thumbs down
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Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Jul 17, 2011 4:28 AM CST
When younger shoeless-you can tell my the shape of my poor, many times broken baby toes, I now wear socks most of the time and have been known to go outside with them on

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jul 17, 2011 4:36 AM CST
I am a barefoot girl forever but i have so many rose bushes, thistles, and nettles on the property that i start the season in shoes and garden gloves. But then as soon as the gardening gets more intense i edge right back to barefoot and gloveless.
Name: Carol
Canton GA (Zone 7b)
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CAKnapp
Jul 17, 2011 5:38 AM CST
Definitely barefoot... Thumbs up in the summer, flipflops for going to the store and some type of sandal for work. Socks in the house in the winter now that I'm getting older, and boots when I go out anywhere. And I drive barefoot, unless its freezing outside. Tennis shoes are only for long walks, and I take them off as soon as possible when through!
Name: Donna
NC
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dmac
Jul 17, 2011 8:45 AM CST
I am one of those women who do not at all understand when the sterotype of "women Love shoes and shoe shopping" comments are made Hilarious! I am barefoot 2 minutes in the door after work. My shoe "collection" consists of 2 pair of white (as plain as possible) Nike or whatever name brand sneaker, 2 pair of Birkenstocks (all sandal no clogs--need the feet exposed not parked in a shoe garage) and 1 pair of nice dress flats or low heeled shoes for dress up occasions. I have to wear the birkies when I garden due to the apt/parking lot proximity to my garden--all sorts of non feet friendly debris from the neighbors and stuff.

Funny as much as I love being barefoot, I haven't developed tough feet Smiling I will hop and be mumbling ouch as I trip over hot spots and rocks/gravel Big Grin
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 17, 2011 11:09 AM CST
Barefoot for me. Shoes only when it's a have to case like going to town and working out. Hate socks as well. All of my sisters are the same most of my brothers prefer shoes but that is only because as boys they were always roaming the neighborhood. One sister's doctor told her she needed to wear shoes all the time. She told him in his dreams.
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