Bare Feet and all…

Feet:

Mostly, we neglect them, or take them for granted. They take us where we want to go, until they don’t anymore because of illness, injury, or loss of limb.

Yet, we attach many different meanings to them. Just think of these expressions: footloose (free to do as one likes), light-footed, heavy-booted, barefoot and pregnant, or to play footsie with someone (flirtatious play with feet)

Foot:

indicates the bottom of things such as the foot of the bed, the foot of the table, the foothills of a mountain.
There are foot soldiers who move and fight mostly on foot (infantry men) or people who do the hard work at the lowest level of an organization.
Someone has to foot the bill (pay for things). We try not to start on the wrong foot (an unfortunate beginning) or to put our foot in our mouth (saying something embarrassing). Instead, we try to put our best foot forward (doing the best we can to make a good impression). Sometimes, we just have to put our foot down (being firm); while at other times, we drag our feet (deliberately slow things down). It’s usually to our advantage to get a foothold (a secure position).

Being barefoot at the beach represents the freedom of vacation days to those with means:

However, for those too poor to pay for shoes, being barefoot is definitely not a sign of freedom.

Some jobs virtually require being barefoot:

Fishermen bringing in the net

Fishermen bringing in the net

Lifeguard legs

Lifeguard legs

In many parts of the world, people mostly wear flipflops, the cheapest footwear they can afford:

flipflops at edge of rice fields

flipflops at edge of rice fields

The feet of a deity or a beloved teacher are considered a sacred place in many cultures:

Incense at foot of Ganesh statue

Incense at foot of Ganesh statue

However, displaying the soles of your feet towards someone, can be a great insult:

Demon showing his bare soles

Demon showing his bare soles

Sometimes, being barefoot is really not such a good idea:

barefoot in the snow

barefoot in the snow

But mostly, I really like bare feet – there is an innocence about them, a sense of groundedness and a connection to nature:

Rose petals and bare feet

Rose petals and bare feet

For more bare feet and footwear entries, check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bare Feet

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
This entry was posted in Cee's Fun Foto Challenge and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

25 Responses to Bare Feet and all…

  1. I’m chuckling at this post. Who would have ever thought to write a fun photo challenge about bare feet? Very creative and I enjoyed your perspective.

    Like

  2. And, Annette, is there anything better than baby feet in the whole wide world? Loved this post!

    Like

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    You have some wonderful feet for this week’s challenge. Thanks for much for playing.

    Like

  4. ladysighs says:

    All those idioms .. no wonder English is hard to learn. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ English is not my husband’s first language, so I know of what I talketh. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am unblessed with a narrow narrow foot. I envy women who can run into the store and pick up a pair of shoes. Always every size but mine.

    Like

  5. Aggie says:

    Coolness. This was fun… Having run with (mostly) and without shoes, I think that bare feet give me the better support. Shoes are only for special situations. Lol can you tell I like going barefoot?

    Like

  6. I love all those expressions about feet! Very cute.๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

  7. Annette, this is the most cutest and meaningful at the same time, post. Being barefoot is indeed a very grounded feeling and somehow liberating, well of course not in every country, as you mentioned. It brings back pleasant memories of childhood, like digging my toes into puddles of mud, the sound and the feeling I still remember. Even as a adults, I think we should give us that kind of pleasure more often.

    Like

  8. I enjoyed your fun post, Annette, and I learned a few things too. Love the last image. It’s classic.๐Ÿ™‚

    Like

  9. asqfish says:

    Lovely post! I thought of “lead foot” a nickname of someone I know:) Also was reminded that barefoot babies develop better sensory integration and faster than those who are kept in socks or shoes. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

    Like

  10. Bipasha says:

    beautiful…

    Like

Let me know what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s