A new experience – Wearing no shoes in college for a week

I debated for a long time what my experience would be and eventually decided on wearing no shoes, to mimic the way that kids skip around barefoot and carefree. I walked to college in shoes but before I got through the gates I took my shoes off and put them back on when I got out of the gates again.

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Day 1

Comments:

‘Aren’t you going to be cold?’
‘What if you get glass in your feet?’
‘Did you lose your shoes’
‘I walked home barefoot in the snow once’
‘You must be freezing’

Experience:

I was cold all day, especially when I went outside. I got a lot of weird looks. It was very freeing and relaxing to be barefoot. I kept stubbing my toes. Going to the bathroom was horrible.

Day 2

Experience:

I was screen printing at Vernon street and the workshop staff told me I had to wear shoes in the workshop so I added the rule of taking them off and putting them on outside the workshop door. The first thing people I knew noticed was that I wasn’t at Blenheim, then they noticed my lack of shoes. Most people didn’t understand the idea.

Day 3

Experience:

It was raining all day, so, already being ill, I deemed it a bad idea to walk barefoot on wet floors.

Day 4

Experience:

It was raining again today but I was feeling better so I decided I would continue the experience. I was sat in the COP lecture and noticed my ankle was bleeding from where I’d burst a blister on Tuesday, luckily my friend had a plaster I could put on it.

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End of the week

It felt very free not wearing shoes but I also felt very vulnerable. I had to be very careful and watch my feet so I didn’t drop things on them, stub my toes or get stood on.

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