Being barefoot is the new hot trend and, quite frankly, it really stinks.
Not because being barefoot is a horrible thing. On the contrary. Barefoot is by far the coolest way to be while romping across your carpet, lawn or the dog beds strewn in the living room. But barefoot becoming a trend stinks because that means the practice has a chance of going mainstream.
Once something goes mainstream, someone finds a way that it causes cancer or otherwise wrecks it for the rest of us. Besides, if something goes mainstream that means it’s already passé in New York City and Milan and we have to come up with new trends and habits.
Drew Carey did the mainstream thing with the thick, black-framed glasses I used to wear, forcing me to switch to a lighter tortoise shell style to get away from the trend.
Evidence of barefoot’s mainstream status cropped up earlier this week, with Tuesday’s One Day without Shoes. Folks across the world, or at least the country, pledged to refrain from wearing footwear to raise awareness for “the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life,” according to the movement’s website.
Shoes can certainly have an impact on a child if they hit him in the face, but we think they were talking about the dangers of athlete’s foot, being laughed at in gym class or stepping on a rusty nail.