Argh! Wear them! That is all.
No, not quite:
I keep seeing western tourists who don’t bother to wear anything on their feet. It seems that they do this because they want to feel the ground beneath them and get closer to nature.
What a load of guff. Put ’em on.
Not wearing anything on your feet is only acceptable in some very clearly understood and established circumstances:
1. A beach.
2. On grass.
3. In bed.
4. In water.
5. On carpet.
6. If sport demands it.
That’s it, I think? You tell me if I missed any.
Failing to wear anything in the middle of town, on tarmac, gravel, broken glass and beside open sewers is not ok in my book.
I have yet to see a local person without a pair on his or her feet as they wander around town.
It’s not about hardening up the skin into impenetrable armadillo armour either, I’m not buying that.
Today I saw a (sadly) British lad in a £50 Chelsea top, £200 glasses and wearing an expensive watch hobble down the street for the want of a £2 pair of flip flops.
Maybe he lost them? Maybe they were stolen? Nope, because I later saw him again – applying gaffer tape to the soles of his feet for added comfort, without “ruining” the no shoe look. He was not alone.
I hope they all step on spiders.
Here are mine in the mud of a recent bush camp….