It seems likes some kids still do. My brother went barefoot a lot, but I always wore sneakers and socks. Even in the summer I always wore them. Around the house it was kind of a mix. If I already had them on I would usually just keep them on until I went to bed. If I was just hanging out around the house I would usually be barefoot until I went outside. I almost always ended up putting them on at some point. My brother couldn't understand how I could wear shoes all the time and I couldn't understand how he could go barefoot. My son took after my brother and hates shoes. We still make him wear them outside unless he's playing in the water though.
I always wore shoes. I lived in the city and there was often broken glass, dog crap, and all kinds of other nasty things on the ground. I also often helped my dad work on cars. A garage or an auto repair shop is the last place you want to do the Bilbo Baggins routine.
A little late to the party, but I thought I'd make a contribution to this topic...
As a kid in the 70s and early 80s, I despised bare feet. Not one day would go by without me wearing at least socks. But my hatred towards bare feet was starting to reverse direction after seeing an episode of the short-lived Little Rascals cartoon series - the "Cap'n Spanky's Showboat" episode - where Darla, the main female character, was seen barefoot in one scene despite wearing her dress. I didn't like the close-up of brushes tied to her bare feet, but seeing her full figure - from head to toe, and in her bare feet - was perfectly acceptable to me. I have since gotten over my phobia over bare feet, even if just with females.
My phobia over bare feet was getting less prevalent when, since early in 2001 on "The Price is Right", the models started wearing high-heeled sandals, which meant there was a likelihood that when carpeting was to be offered in the Showcase, we would end up seeing a close-up of the model's bare feet (in sandals, of course). I accepted the fact that that was really the norms in this day and age, and you can't control what they wear. If I had an issue with seeing such barefoot close-ups, I would have simply changed the channel and turn it back in 3 minutes, or turn my head away until the carpeting prize is finished being announced. I do, however, have an issue with seeing models being fully barefoot, as that is something I was not familiar with as a child; though a female's bare feet in sandals are perfectly acceptable to me.
This post comes from somebody who overcame his bare feet phobia even more in 2006 when I decided to start wearing flip-flops on a regular basis. I really do enjoy wearing them greatly. I realized that a lot of people wear sandals and flip-flops these days, and I can't help but see their bare feet at all, no matter how much I try to control it. The phrase "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" came into play here, and I decided to reveal my bare feet for the first time in 2006.
Also, I have female avatars in the virtual world of Second Life and all of them are barefoot all the time, even though they do wear dresses, skirts, and other outfits. They wear just about everything except for shoes and socks, no matter where they go in Second Life. Heck, I even sent one of my avatars to a ski resort and she was barefoot too! (kids, don't attempt this in real life)
The bare feet of other males - at least from those I am around more - I still cannot stand.
By the way, I do have one question: Do close-ups of a female's bare feet on a TV show - with or without sandals - boost the ratings, even for just one episode? I heard that many males are attracted to female's bare feet. Don't know why. I bet the "Cap'n Spanky's Showboat" episode of the animated Little Rascals series was the highest-rated 11-minute cartoon of the entire series that lasted two seasons.
I grew up a short walk from the beach so most of the time I was barefoot up to the age of 15 then I started wearing flipflps. I could walk down the black asphault in the head of summer and hardly feel a thing.
As a kid I never would have wanted to go barefoot anywhere, not eeven in the summer and much less in the winter with -30 degrees celsius I always preferred shoes and socks. Never even understood why some kids would walk barefoot or even with shoes but without socks.
Where I grew up most parents put socks and shoes on their kids when they left the house; even babies. I knew of several parents that would dress their kids to the shoes everyday even if they were not necessarily going anywhere. They would keep them on them all day until they put them to bed. I even saw a few put them down for naps with shoes on. It was common back then for kids to remain in the shoes for several hours after school/daycare. I don't really see this too much anymore. The experts are telling parents not to put shoes on babies and its become trendy in general to keep kids shoeless. Since they are so used to being barefoot as babies the parents are probably have a hard time getting them to wear them once they learn to walk.
I went barefoot a lot as a kid. As I got older I started appreciating shoes more. Now I always get dressed to my shoes when I wake up and usually take them off an hour or two before bed. I always wear socks with shoes and never wear open toe shoes. Now doing this as a kid was something I couldn't wrap my mind around.
Most businesses have that "No shoes, no shirt, no service." rule, and I remember as a small boy, I went barefoot in a supermarket.
I did too and despite these rules no one ever said anything. I used to walk barefoot and even shirtless to the Dairy Queen by my house that had a "No shoes, no shirt, no service." sign all the time. They never told me anything. I think most business tend to give kids a pass. I bet people thought I was total white trash back then. lol
We typically chose to wear socks and shoes outside. only dirty, smelly kids dont wear shoes outside. If Your indoors then I say fuck shoes but the only time you shouldnt be wearing shoes outside is if You're at the beach or the river or something like that.
The problem with not wearing shoes outside is when You step in something foul. I've stepped on a slug one time and it was disgusting feeling between my toes and I've also stepped in bubble gum which sucked. You could step in dog shit or cut Your foot on glass like my cousin did when we were kids.
Going barefoot and wearing sandals/flip/flops over several years also tends to make your feet nasty looking. Nothing grosses me out more than seeing someone wearing flip flops in public with cracked peeling skin on the heels of their feet. Yuck! Because I wear shoes most of the time now I have baby soft feet.