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Thursday
Aug282014

Remind Others That #BarefootIsHuman by Using Hashtag Online

Please use the hashtag #BarefootIsHuman when sharing the benefits of living without shoes on social media.

The Barefoot Alliance has begun promoting this hashtag to go along with our tagline of the same message. While other hashtags like #barefoot and #barefooting may be used, those hashtags are also used by others for promoting topics not related to living without shoes. We recommend that #BarefootIsHuman be the first option when promoting the barefoot lifestyle.

We've also created a new page on our site to explain what "Barefoot Is Human" means -- that living barefoot isn't the removal of shoes, but remaining who we are by never putting them on in the first place.

Some guidelines and recommendations:

The best way to use the hashtag on social media is to capitalize the first letter of each word in the hashtag (i.e. #BarefootIsHuman). Please avoid leaving all letters lower cased, as it is more difficult to read without capitals.

While we encourage the hashtag's use on all social media platforms, we especially ask that it be used on sites where we have a presence. The Barefoot Alliance is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so be sure to use it there as much as appropriate.

Thank you for your support and advocacy of barefoot living!

Wednesday
Aug272014

A Barefoot Story: Michelle Works on a Victory

Michelle Sanders recently got a job at an insurance company and did wonderfully at making them comfortable about her barefoot lifestyle.

She kept tactfully bringing it up and is now allowed to shed her minimal footwear and go completely barefoot!

Her story:

"So I'll start by saying, when I applied to the company I went in knowing that this was probably the best shot I'd ever have at a reasonable employer. It's a company that takes tremendous pride in its culture being 'work hard, play hard' with great benefits. So I was disappointed when part of the phone call with my offer covered needing to wear shoes - evidently one of my references tipped them off.  I've been mostly compliant - I had a pair of crochet flats made on Etsy - but I've entered/left the building/wandered my corner of it shoeless. I've kept the topic more or less active, explaining my 'sacrifice' of working here in my get-to-know-you department post. Finally I was recently in HR for something unrelated, and the person who gave me my offer broached the subject. Evidently, my 'keep it from dying' strategy worked, because there was some further discussion among managers with mixed reactions, but one of the more influential ones being fascinated and even doing a little research into barefooting benefits. Anyway, after a bit more discussion, the conclusion was nothing was really opposing the idea, and if I could get a doctor's note as a formality, I'd have a green light. The HR person's best comment was 'I just want people to see you when there's snow on the ground!' I delivered the note this morning."

Michelle shared what she thinks is the key to helping others be more comfortable with the barefoot lifestyle:

"If I had to add one piece of advice, it'd be to be have a friendly attitude and work at good relationships first, then let that work to your barefoot bargaining advantage. I could have been pushy and confrontational months ago when I got the offer, but I doubt I would have gotten very far."

Congratulations, Michelle, and great advice! Hopefully we in the barefoot community can continue to work in a friendly manner toward exponentially more acceptance of bare feet in the work place as time goes on!

For more information on the legalities and benefits of going barefoot at work, visit our employment facts page.

Wednesday
May072014

Donations Requested for 'Foot' Documentary

The filmmakers behind Foot, an independent documentary that explores the human feet and society's "dysfunctional relationship" with footwear, are seeking donations to help complete the film's production.

An Indiegogo campaign is running through June 4 to raise at least $55,000 for costs such as travel expenses, equipment rentals, post-production, and more. Funders will know that they contributed to this very worthy cause and can receive "perks" for donating at one of various levels.

The Barefoot Alliance endorses this documentary and encourages our supporters to donate to its production.

We believe that it perfectly aligns with our mission: advocating for barefoot activity. Daniel Howell, PhD, author of The Barefoot Book and Barefoot Alliance Advisory Committee member, will be interviewed for the film.

For more information, visit TheFootFilm.com.

To learn more about the fundraising campaign and to donate, click here.