16 January 2009

Walk the walk

One of the unique things we see here in New Zealand is walking barefoot. We have seen some doing this in the central business district, in the mall, by the sidewalk. Not just kids, but men and women of various ages. My hypothesis is that they are so delighted with the coming of spring and summer that they love the feeling on sand between their toes, so to speak. One thing though... if you couldn't figure out which pair of shoes you'd like to wear, at least you have another choice: ditch the shoes and walk! :-)

This is really something, especially since we come from a country where parents fuss over their kids if they forget to put on slippers when going out.

One day when we saw yet another person walking about barefoot, my wife decided to try it for a short while. Walking on the cool green grass is not out of the ordinary, and then she proceeded to walk on the pavement.

After a few minutes, we were still a bit puzzled. Why walk barefoot? Of course, the roads here are some of the cleanest you can ever find. That might be a reason. A clean road celebration of sorts? What do you think?


  1. kakaiba naman diyan. barefoot? ako minsan sa labas ng bahay, oo, barefoot ako. pero sa mall? hindi ko ata kaya yun. e di napakadumi ng mga talampakan ng tao diyan.

  2. jho: in fairness hindi tulad ng ma-e-expect mo na nangingitim na sa dumi.

  3. Surfer Laird Hamilton wrote in his book that people should walk barefoot as much as possible. Something about walking barefoot is better for your foot. I've tried it, but only on the beach. Not sure if I want to walk barefoot on concrete. hehe. Btw, your blog seems to take a long time to load. Is it b/c of the ads?

  4. Wil: really? That's interesting. I guess it would be because of pressure points on the feet?

    About the slow loading, I placed some Google gadgets a couple of days ago. I might be a reason... the number of ads here are the same as it was months ago. Thanks for letting me know, I'll have a look at it.

  5. I guess shoes are a human invention... we are not born with shoes... ;-)


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