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I have the great good fortune to live in a country where a barefoot lifestyle is not just tolerated but encouraged. South African children go to school, to the mall, to movies, to restaurants, to friends, to the doctor and in fact everywhere barefoot and no one bats an eyelid. If a shop in South Africa ever put up a "No Shoes, No Service" sign it would go out of business. South Africans simply would not put up with that kind of nonsense. I started this blog to promote a greater acceptance of the sensible and healthy practice of going about barefoot in those parts of the "developed" world where things have become more important than people and where people seem to have forgotten what is good for them.




Friday, September 30, 2011

More Barefoot Rugby in South Africa








































4 comments:

  1. So clearly it is normal for kids to go barefoot in public in South Africa. But what about for adults and teens? I live in New Zealand and it is normal here for people right up to their 30s to walk around barefoot in public. It is especially common for young men in their 20s. Is there an age in South Africa when it simply become no longer socially acceptable to be barefoot at the mall? I’m going to holiday in South Africa this summer. As I’m in my 20s will I be allowed into stores etc. barefoot? Will I be stared at because it is only normal/acceptable for kids to do that? Would I be the only person over age 12 barefoot? Also is it universally acceptable in SA or is it more acceptable in some areas like Gauteng or Free State with an Afrikaner population? Or more usual in beach areas like Cape Town? So clearly it is normal for kids to go barefoot in public in South Africa. But what about for adults and teens? I live in New Zealand and it is normal here for people right up to their 30s to walk around barefoot in public. It is especially common for young men in their 20s. Is there an age in South Africa when it simply become no longer socially acceptable to be barefoot at the mall? I’m going to holiday in South Africa this summer. As I’m in my 20s will I be allowed into stores etc. barefoot? Will I be stared at because it is only normal/acceptable for kids to do that? Would I be the only person over age 12 barefoot? Also is it universally acceptable in SA or is it more acceptable in some areas like Gauteng or Free State with an Afrikaner population? Or more usual in beach areas like Cape Town?

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  2. It is not that common for adults to walk about barefoot, although it would not be exceptional -especially for young adults. There are regional differences - even in the same city. It would be more common in areas which are predominantly Afrikaans and also in the beach areas.
    Hope you enjoy your visit

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  3. I like the redhead boy in this pictures.It would be fun to tickle his feet

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  4. Actually, bare feet are common in our areas where we live, again unfortunately under the predominant white Afrikaners, occasionally Coulered males and females, coloured kids have only a few odd ones going barefoot.But the white Afrikaans kids go barefoot often,especially to school.However of late, more english kids and coloured kids started attending school bareffoot,and in our malls, you are bound to see a few adults and teens a day going barefoot, but kids more often.I always go barefoot everywher.We have a few adults going barefoot, mostly in neighbourhoods,not so much the city, yours truly excluded...I always go barefoot.

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