Myths surrounding the barefoot lifestyle are wide spread. Many people believe that is it illegal to drive barefoot or enter stores or restaurants, or that going barefoot is dangerous.
Myth: It is illegal to drive barefoot
It is legal to drive a car barefoot in all 50 states, Canada, and the UK. Jason R. Heimbaugh has contacted all 50 States and the district of Columbia. You can read the responses at Barefooters.org
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Myth: It is illegal to enter stores and restaurants barefoot
There are no laws prohibiting bare feet in stores and restaurants, though store owners may disagree. Stores may have their own dress code, but that’s the store’s policy, and not reflection of the law.
All 50 states have been contacted about such laws, you can read the responses at Barefooters.org
Myth: You can easily catch diseases and infections
Fungal infections: The American Academy of Dermatology has stated that “Athlete’s foot does not occur among people who traditionally go barefoot”.
Human hookworm: Currently a concern for some developing countries, but has been eliminated in developed areas thanks to indoor plumbing. Canine hookworm is common in animals, but does not effect humans the same.
Other infections: Some infections such as the pseudomonas, which can be quite dangerous, do not live on human skin, but in shoes.
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