Honestly, it is a mystery to the majority of the UD population why certain students prefer to walk around barefoot. We see them everywhere, from walking on the mall to inside the Cap Bar, the dorm laundry rooms and even our public restrooms — the audacity!
I take a strong anti-barefoot stance, because choosing to go barefoot in public, shared places in not only socially unacceptable but plain disgusting. I will support my argument by listing five science-supported reasons why walking around barefoot is detrimental to your physical health.
Firstly, shoes protect your feet from injury and hookworm. Hookworm is acquired by walking barefoot on contaminated soil — looking at you, those who walk across the grass to climb the trees around the mall. The Mall itself is a safety hazard and greatly resembles the ancient streets of Rome with the uneven ground and the random sharp-sided stones that stick up random places; there is a reason us women refrain from wearing high heels on the mall. If someone cuts their bare feet on a dislodged stone in the mall, and if they walk barefoot on grass later, it is a recipe for infection.
There is also the possibility of random pieces of glass, used Cap Bar cups and legos from professors’ children lying in wait on the mall. Have you ever stepped on a Lego? If you go barefoot, try stepping on a Lego and you will understand why I am anti-barefoot.
Furthermore, shoes provide essential foot and ankle support for navigating the uneven ground that is our earth, especially when there is an incline. UD is full of hills; I walk up the hill from Clark every day. Shoes prevent feet from getting stuck in nooks and holes in the ground, thus impeding the possibility of twisted ankles and muscle strains. Additionally, if one does any form of exercise, it is critical that they have supported ankles and feet to allow for the natural process of lower body muscle healing and regeneration.
Another reason going barefoot is hazardous to your health is it allows for the possibility of falling objects to land on your foot. There is a reason gym lifters pay special attention to their posture; a bar with 90 additional pounds on it landing on their feet could cause a disastrous break. With the way some freshmen race to their class as if they were coming straight out the ninth circle of Dante’s hell, their books and water bottles could fly anywhere and land on your feet. Moreover, going barefoot constantly puts you at greater risk for shin splints because your leg, ankle, and foot muscles are unevenly aligned.
I work as a barista at the Cap Bar. We drop espresso grounds, tea packets and drops of syrup, honey and milk constantly. It blows my mind why barefoot people voluntarily walk around in a place where there are spilled beverage products and food! I mean, seriously, it is so socially unacceptable and socially unaware. What is even more cringe worthy is when they go into the restrooms barefoot. I don’t even want to get into that, because, EW, just ew.
To the barefoot people, you are NOT a Hobbit from the Shire and you need a reality check. Frodo Baggins himself would DISAPPROVE of you because going barefoot is for Hobbits, not humans.