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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.




Tuesday, January 3, 2012

More Barefoot to School in South Africa

























17 comments:

  1. Thanks, Koos, great photos of healthy barefoot youngsters. Cheers, Bombibit

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  2. i wish i lived there

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  3. I wish I grew up there. Tell me, do they "punish" bad boys by locking them in the stocks for tickle torture?

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    1. Definitely not.
      Besides, tickling should not be a punishment for kids. The only good use for stocks would be to put them up at playgrounds and let the kids have all the fun they want with (and in) them.

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  4. hello, what part of south africa is located these places?

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  5. In school we were not allowed to wear shoes.Bare feet was compulsory.If you were a city kid....you only had one week grace to dump the shoes,and if you did not,you were summoned to the office...spanked,and then had to remove your shoes and send it home....boarding school kids had to wear shoes from the boarding school to school,but once in school,you had to remove it.After school and weekends at the boarding school,bare feet were compulsory.

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  6. Do the soles of the feet become resistant to thorns and broken glass?

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    1. yes,in many cases,most of the cases your soles becom so tuff,that thorns just don't penetrat,but you have a specific type called a "dubbeltjie",it has up to six points,and barefeet still get penetrated,because its short hard points,glass,not realy unless it is a rathe sisable frgment.But when one walks through a thorn patch,you just drag your feet,and they don't stick

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  7. We are entering Spring...but it is still wet and cold,and still as cold as Wintee,but tradition has our people celebrating Spring,and that brings a change in primary scjool dress codes...kids can again attend school barefoot.... And even before Spring celebrations came,I drove past the local primary school and it was cold and miserable and overcast,but about 60/70% of the kids had attended school barefoot!And during winter,about 40/50% of all kids were barefoot at school,and they are jigh income to middle income kids...seems that unlike the shoesers that believe that kids that are poverty stricken walk barefoot...our kids seemingly prefer to be barefoot...I went past other renowned barefoot schools...and the barefoot percentages are the same...seems like My South African kids still prefer going barefoot....and it seems that the white kids prefer going barefoot...and african kids in general prefer wearing shoes...and they are the majority shoesies at school...but I must admit....more black kids seem to attend school barefoot more regulary now days....perhaps they have discovered that wearing shoes really arnt comfortable....not cool....and deffinately not practicle...and being barefoot at school is best....

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  8. I think it's awesome for kids to take their shoes and socks off and go in their bare feet during school it's actually healthier and it's a lot more fun for the kids. When I was growing up in school we had PE in the gym and we were required to take our shoes and socks off and a lot of kids didn't like that but I was excited every time that I went to the gym to do PE I couldn't wait to take my shoes and socks off it felt so good to go around the gym in my bare feet and doing the different obstacles with my feet, I have been an avid Barefoot or since I was 4 years old I would always be in my bare feet everyday all day all night I used to always play outside barefoot even when I was a teenage boy I still go barefoot today as an adult.

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  9. NO WAY go bare foot here ! But ... youse on go yorn

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  10. I would love to smell their feet

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  11. I would love to smell their feet

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