Für Dani ist "jedes Wetter Barfuß - Wetter"
(zusammengefasst aus verschiedenen Forumbeiträgen im Spätherbst 1998)

Hallo zusammen, also ich bin Schweizer. Ich bin selber überrascht, dass ich von diesem Forum noch nichts gehört habe. Ich bin Mitglied von Dirty Sole Society.
Für mich ist jedes Wetter Barfuß - Wetter, es sei denn, dass es wirklich zu weit unter Null ist. Gestern war ich bei 0 Grad im ersten zaghaften Schnee auf dem Horgenberg (hallo Rudi, vielleicht kommst Du mal mit) unterwegs.
Momentan freue ich mich auf den ersten richtigen Schnee! Danach natürlich auch wieder auf den Frühling und wärmere Temperaturen, und meine Ferien, wo ich selbstverständlich barfuß verreisen werde...
Für mich wird es unangenehm unterhalb von Null Grad. Bei Null Grad und darüber laufe ich immer barfuß, überall. Und wenn es kälter ist laufe ich auch barfuß, aber dann habe ich ein Paar Schuhe dabei für denn Fall, dass es mir doch zu kalt wird.
Übrigens, seit ich das ganze Jahr barfuß laufe, bin ich nie mehr krank geworden. Ist eine Erkältung im Anzug (weil das ganze Büro
niest und schnupft) spüre ich vielleicht einen leisen Anflug, aber ich bin seit 3 Jahren nie mehr krank oder erkältet gewesen (touch wood). Ich find das großartig, wie der Kreislauf durch das Barfußlaufen in der Kälte stimuliert und angeregt wird. Die Bazillen haben einfach keine Chance mehr bei mir. Ich hoffe, es ergeht Euch auch so, sonst probiert's doch einfach mal aus. 20-30 Minuten in frisch gefallenem Schnee sind ohne weiteres möglich, länger vielleicht nur mit Training. ...
Durch die Kälte an den Füssen wird der Kreislauf enorm stimuliert, ohne dass man dabei frieren würde. Für mich ist es sehr wichtig, dass ich beim Barfußlaufen am Körper warm angezogen bin, dann friert man auch mit nackten Füssen bei eisigen Temperaturen überhaupt nicht. Für mich ist Barfußlaufen im Winter eine sehr positive Erfahrung. Zugegeben, es braucht ein wenig Mut, aber wenn man mal damit angefangen hat, kann man nicht mehr aufhören.
Barfüßige Grüße aus dem winterlichen Zürich

Dani berichtet von seiner Neuseelandreise.
wenn's Euch interessiert, dann lest doch mal meinen Reisebericht aus Neuseeland. Neuseeland ist wirklich ein Paradies für Barfüßer, weil dort sehr viele Leute barfuß gehen und dies als ganz normal angesehen wird. Und jetzt wo es bei uns Winter und kalt ist, ist es in NZ Sommer und warm....
Hier die Adresse ...
Viel Spaß beim Lesen

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Subject: Barefooters paradise Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 13:58:29 +0100 (MET)

Hi all,
After beeing back home from sunny New Zealand, I would like to tell you more about bare feet down there on the other side of the world.
The Newzealanders have a total different lifestyle, specially in terms of bare feet. In every city there are lots of barefooters. Most of them do not care about weather conditions. It often rains and it is wonderful to see wet footprints on the sidewalk which you can compare with your own ones. Was it a woman or a man, how old was he? You see people of all ages and races walking barefoot, men and women, and many children. You can see families on their weekend shopping tour, father, mother, two children, all barefoot.
The natives of NZ are the Maoris, nice polynesian people who have a tradition of going barefoot. Today they are a minority in the Society, but their cultural influence is alife. And I think it is beacause of them - beeing so natural - that the European Immigrants during the years developped a different attitude towards bare feet, which nowadays is visible in a barefoot lifestyle.
In Europe and also in America, the Society is against bare feet. Bare feet are only accepted at the beach or in bed, but not in the street or on trains.
In New Zealand it is different. You have two possibilities which are both accepted the same, either you go barefoot or you wear shoes, its total tolerance. And also the fun to get nice black soles seems to be fun for a great range of people. I saw a lot of them, specially young people with fair hair and bright skin, which parents were immigrants from Ireland, England, and all over Europe.
It really hurts my heart to see, that some young Maori Boys start to wear sneakers only as a status symbol, influenced by the nike- and addidas-mafia, probably they even do not like to wear them. The Maoris have more social pressure to be accepeted in the white society. Perhaps it is also because of that. Somehow similar to native Indians in the USA and Canada.
Many of the older Maoris look as they would never wear shoes whereever they go. Right they are.
In the city of Auckland I made an interesting observation. There is a lot of glas in all the streets and on the sidewalks, glas from broken bottles, broken car windows etc. I myself looked carefully where to step. As you may know, not the big pieces are the problem, but the very small ones, which you do not see and which get between your toes. I had at least three of them in my soles, but they did not hurt me, they only stuck in my tough and rather thick sole and I could remove them without a problem.
I saw a lot of barefoot people in these streets, young students and teenagers. And I also saw parents walking with their barefoot children in the same streets. Nobody seems to be afraid of all this glas. They live with it as something which is normal, no reason to wear shoes because of that. One small irrelevant risk in their life, which even does not kill them, and a problem only for unconditioned soles, and people who do not look where they step. Their soles must really be tough and callused. The barefoot lifestyle here exists. I was fascinated. If children have the chance to grow up most of the time barefoot, they are not afraid when their own children later go barefoot, and most important, they do not developpe negative feelings against bare feet. And the fact that there are no poisonous snakes around in the fields also could be important for the developpment of such a barefoot culture.
If you do not want to be recognized as a tourist in NZ, just go barefoot, and every body thinks you are a Newzealander, so happend to me, pleasant, is it not?
I have seen a lot of interesting things in terms of foot-culture. Much more people than in Europe wear ancle-braclets or toe rings, and not a few of them are men. Once I have seen a student with tatoos on his toes. It seems, that also this kind of foot fashion is an influence of the polynesian culture, where tatoos and piercings belong to the tradition as well as bare feet. I myself normaly only wear one toe ring on my left second toe. Now I have another one on my little toe, thats fun.
I have also noticed a few negative reactions against bare feet. All of them were argued with some kind of anti-barefoot (phantom?) law. First time was in a bar in Christchurch, where the waiter told me that it is illegal to be barefoot in a bar or a restaurant. Before and afterwards I visited many bars, restaurants and hotels without any comments. Then I had a another bar where they told me the same story. Of course I had no shoes with me and I stayed for another drink, they let me do it. The third time was at the Airport when I passed the gate to a domestic flight from Christchurch to Auckland. The officer forced me to wear my flips. Afterwards I left the plane barefoot without any reaction.
I have the feeling that specially in a country where a barefoot lifestyle is obvoius, certain -very conservative thinking and narrow minded- people try to invent laws and regulations against bare feet. I was happy when I recognized that most of the Newzealanders do not care about.
I was barefoot during the whole vacation. Only wearing my flips when boarding the domestic flight to Auckland and at the customs immigration on arrival in NZ. All other flights I boarded barefoot,including the intercontinetal flight with Air NewZealand from Frankfurt to Auckland. In Frankfurt I even had a little small talk about my bare feet with the woman at the gate. She asked me if it was more comfortable for me without shoes, and I asked her if it was allowed. She said yes no problem.
Now I am back home, and I started to dream of that lovely Barefoot-Paradise. When will I have the chance to go back?
It was about 10 degrees C below zero, when I arrived in Zurich, and I had some difficulties to explain the taxi driver that I was not cold, only wearing flips.

Barfußlaufen in Neuseeland. Hat jemand von euch erfahrungen mit barfußlaufen in Neuseeland.
Ich habe gehört, dass es dort die absulute selbstverständlichkeit sein soll. Ich selbst habe das erst in indien und malaysia erlebt. Dort allerdings vor allem in geschlossenen häusern, gärten oder "parties".
Wer kennt sich in neuseeeland diesbezüglich aus? Ich gehe nächsten Frühling für zwei Monate nach Auckland. Danke für eure tips. Oliver / CH

Ich war schon mal da und kann bestaetigen, dass dort VIEL mehr barfuß gelaufen wird als in Deutschland.
Ganz bestimmt nicht alle und ueberall aber eben doch fuer unserer Verhaeltnisse oft. Z.B. sieht man auch mal Leute barfuß bei Regen, im McDonalds oder bei PizzaHut. Z.B. bei einem abendlichen Ausflug auf den SkyTower in Auckland (sehr zu empfehlen!) war ich zwar der einzige Barfuessige, doch habe ich keine schiefen Blicke oder Kommentare vernommen. Gruss Wusl

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