"I'd go barefoot all the time if I could."

We hear that sentiment ALL the time! Really. You CAN go barefoot much more often -- even in public! This site has tons of resources to help society become more "barefoot friendly," but you must begin with your own two feet.

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driving barefoot

It's a common misconception that driving barefoot is illegal -- it's not -- in fact it may be safer and improve gas mileage.

It's summer and you're hopping into the car with flip flops. You're dressed up in heels for a night out and slip into your car. In both cases you want to kick off your footwear and just drive barefoot, but a little voice is reminding you it's illegal.

That little voice is wrong. Contrary to popular belief, driving barefoot is perfectly legal in all states of the U.S., all Canadian provinces, the UK, and many other territories and countries.

In many ways it's probably safer, too. Flip flops may shift and cause problems contacting the pedals. Heels often catch on the floorboard, making it difficult to properly depress the pedals. The soles of our feet usually have better grip than the slick soles of many shoes.

Lastly, driving barefoot may be better for your gas mileage. When you can more finely feel the pedals and add just the perfect amount of pressure, your acceleration and braking may be more efficient and save fuel over time.

Kick off your sandals, socks, and shoes, keep them well away from the pedals, and try driving barefoot. You might just like it!