Soft and Cool
I can't really explain my dislike for shoes, I just never liked the way they felt. I like to be able to feel the ground beneath my feet, especially sand, rocks, dirt, gravel and such. Walking in the forest can be just as rewarding with the cool earth and the leaves crunching beneath my feet. When I was in college I had a job as a park ranger and since the dress code wasn't very strict on footwear, I used to take the opportunity to work barefoot as much as possible.