I live in the midwest, Illinois (southern), and barefoot isn't common at all here. Yet, I decided to pioneer it. I absolutely love it, but I do get many looks and questions. They generally don't bother me at all, but it does become a problem when I go to stores, resturants, etc... I just can't be barefoot all the time, I always have to bring along a pair to slippers in the car, just for this reason. It's abosolutely annoying, what is so wrong with being barefoot?