Going Barefoot In Cold Weather

Yes, you can, and if done properly, it is not dangerous.
I have been going barefoot almost continuously since I retired in 1997, and except for a few minor interruptions since 2000, have remained that way.
First of all, the safety precaution I take in winter to assure that my feet don’t suffer is to remember two things.

1. I protect the rest of my body, especially my head. This cannot be over-emphasized. If my arms or legs get cold, my feet will lose circulation quickly and soon may be unable to maintain proper warmth. If this happens, I return inside to put on more layers of clothing over the affected area. In addition, when I first step outside, it is essential that I not immerse my feet in snow for about two minutes as this will make keeping them warm much more difficult. (The snow will make my feet lose circulation too fast, before they have gotten accustomed to the cold, a process which I call “the furnace coming on”.) Another cold-weather practice I employ is to avoid stepping in puddles in subfreezing temperatures. Water which is liquid in those circumstances is brine, and stepping in it can cause a huge shock to my feet.

2. I watch where I’m going. It is imperative that I look down to see what I’m about to step on before my feet land on it. This applies even more strongly in winter, because the skin can be more easily damaged since it, like most flexible coverings, becomes less pliable in cold.

Some tips:

1. Do not try to go barefoot in snow for more than a minute or two at first. Like any new experience, your body will take a while to get used to it and can be overwhelmed if you stay out too long.

2. Be especially vigilant as you walk. Unless your feet have been toughened by lots (several months, at least) of barefooting, it is very easy to damage them by stepping on common things such as gravel and pieces of ice. Furthermore, try not to walk on ice-melting chemicals as some of these contain caustic substances. (Plain salt is okay, but if the stuff does not look like salt, stay off it.)

3. Pay very close attention to the messages your feet send you. When I first go out, they “say”, “Oh, gawd, this is cold! Send down some heat!” After the “furnace” comes on (meaning that the blood has gotten down there), their message is, “Okay, we can tolerate this.” There may be a slight ache associated with this. If they ache a great deal, this is a warning that they may be too cold, and you should cease the activity and return indoors. If they stop sending any message at all, frostbite is imminent and you must warm them up immediately. No message means that the nerves have gone numb, which is extremely dangerous. If this happens, merely going inside is not sufficient: you must bathe the feet in pleasantly warm water at once. (Yes, I have had to do this. I fill a bucket or pan with enough water to cover my feet up to the ankles, using a part of my body which has normal feeling to judge the temperature.) I should add that my feet have never been frostbitten, even to temperatures below zero degrees F or negative eighteen C!

4. Do not be upset by “well-wishers” who offer you footwear. Just tell them, “No thanks. Give them to charity.”

Happy snowfooting!

NakedDriver NakedDriver
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4 Responses Mar 5, 2010

well, i meant "free sex" in general (in other words, getting it on with a complete stranger at the concert), not just feet, but thanks for the comment!<br />
and please, if you must type the "s" word, "censor" it as "sh**s". ☻<br />
remember though that it's "barefootin' weather" year-round for me! ☺

Yes there is lots of free foot sex! Small white toes bumpin and grindin with big, dirty, tan ones. Black toes, red heels, whew !! i got to take off my shoes just thinking about it. It's already barefoot weather here in Central California. Oh yeah, i plug a product real quick for all you Shoeless Joes from Hannibal MO Flexitol Heel Balm is the bomb!

<b>that's way cool!</b><br />
i never have had the opportunity to attend a rock concert, but want to, just to see if there is still a lot of free sex as well as meeting other barefooters.<br />
<b>keep 'em bare!</b>

Between 1987 and 1993, attended hundreds of Grateful Dead concerts. During a particularly intensive "on tour" part of this time period, i began going barefoot pretty much year round. Occasionally, to get into a show, we were required to wear shoes. So we had a big bag of cheap "Chinese flats" that we would distribute out as loaners so everybody could gain entry. In the song, "The Days Between", Jerry used to sing out soulfully "...walk barefoot in the snow." We always liked to think he was talking about us. I remember walking around the Giants Stadium parking lot at the Meadowlands, barefoot, on a sunny summer day with the asphalt scorching hot. Broken glass, rocks and pebbles, weeds with foxtails and goatheads, it didn't matter. Our soles might as well have been Birkenstocks they were so tough.