Whether shopping for clothes, groceries, or something else, going barefoot is safe and makes the experience more enjoyable.
Why would anyone want to shop barefoot? Good question.
It turns out that the floors of department stores, grocers and many other places can add a lot to the shopping experience. Have you ever noticed the different textures of the floors in your favorite retailers? Some floors are tile, others are (faux) wood. Certain areas are carpeted, others not. In grocery stores, some areas are warmer or cooler underfoot than others. Feeling the floor as you're shopping adds another dimension to the experience and can be quite enjoyable!
So let's talk about safety: Shopping barefoot is safe for barefoot patrons. On the whole, retailers keep their floors remarkably clean and very safe. If glass breaks, staff do a good job of quickly cleaning up anything dangerous. Any miniscule remnants are NOT going to do significant harm to bare feet. It's just not possible. Could someone stub their toes on the edge of something? Sure, but it's their fault for being clumsy. If they rolled over their toes with a cart wheel while wearing flip flops the same would apply.
Give barefoot shopping a try. You will find that it makes the experience more fun and relaxing -- and it's safe!