We do not have an online catalog due to constant updating of footwear products, and only sell to shoe buyers, store owners, specialty boutiques and branded department stores. During the 16th century royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England , started wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. A barefooted human could be unmistakably identified as unfree and be attributed with the lowest social status on the spot.
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During the 16th century royalty, such as Catherine de Medici and Mary I of England , started wearing high-heeled shoes to make them look taller or larger than life. By , even men wore them, and a person with authority or wealth was often referred to as "well-heeled". The phrase barefoot and pregnant is now used to illustrate a woman's traditional role as a homemaker and thus her lack of opportunities to socialize or to have a career outside of the home. Hertzler also known as the "Kansas Horse-and-Buggy Doctor" ,  promoting a hypothesis that: Bare feet have come to symbolize innocence or childhood in a glorifying perception of freedom from real-life requirements.
The connection to childhood and innocence, as well as the simple joys of country life, are embodied in the poem " The Barefoot Boy " by John Greenleaf Whittier , published in The Next Generation actor Wil Wheaton features five short stories that chronicle his journey from childhood and youth through to maturity and self-acceptance. In most religions, the exposure of bare feet is regarded as a sign of humility and subjection.
Some religious practitioners have taken a vow of Gospel poverty, while there are certain convents where going barefoot is obligatory Convent of Las Descalzas Reales , Poor Clares , Colettine Poor Clares. With regard to the use of footwear as a display of status, the religious and common art of many cultures throughout the world shows a person without shoes symbolizing either extreme poverty or the state of captivity and unfree servitude. He states that he does this to follow Buddhist rules, to lead the people to the path of virtue, and to develop his Buddhist spirit.
In many religions, it is common to remove shoes when entering a place considered holy. For example, in the Book of Exodus , Moses was instructed to remove his shoes before approaching the burning bush:. Anyone entering a mosque or a Hindu temple , including a visitor, is expected to remove his or her shoes; racks for the storage of shoes are usually provided at the entrance.
Foot washing , or ceremonial washing of others' feet, is associated with humility in Christianity, and Jesus Christ is recorded in the New Testament as washing the feet of his disciples to serve them during the Last Supper. Christians who practice foot washing today do so to bring them closer to Jesus and to fill them with a sense of humility and service. Roman Catholics show their respect and humility for the Pope by kissing his feet.
In a similar manner, Hindus show love and respect to a guru by touching his bare feet called pranam. It is customary to show one's respect by walking barefoot around Raj Ghat , the monument to Mahatma Gandhi.
Christian congregations of men and women that go entirely barefoot or wear sandals include the Discalced , like the Discalced Carmelites , the Feuillants Cistercians , , the Trinitarians , the Mercedarians , and the Passionists.
In many branches of Romani culture across the world, it is traditional for women to dance barefoot. Firewalking is the practice of walking barefoot over hot coals. It has been practiced by many people and cultures in all parts of the world, with the earliest known reference dating back to Iron Age India — c. Today, it is often used in corporate and team-building seminars and self-help workshops as a confidence-building exercise. Firewalking implies the belief that the feat requires the aid of a supernatural force, strong faith, or on an individual's ability to focus on "mind over matter".
It is common for Australians, particularly young people, to be barefoot in public places, especially during summer. On Lord Howe Island the Lord Howe Island Board has described the fact pupils at the government-run Lord Howe Island Central School are allowed to attend school barefoot as a part of the "island lifestyle" and a "community asset". In , an American lecturer missed out on a job after criticising barefoot locals in a newspaper. In , a travel writer for The New York Times wrote the number of New Zealanders barefoot in public, including shops was "striking".
Being barefoot in public is more common during warmer months, and often accepted as a social norm, however this does not extend to metropolitan cities such as London, but more for rural areas and more common for young children and teenagers.
Some British schools also allow children to attend school barefoot in warmer months, and encourage it for indoor and outdoor physical education lessons. The National Health Service has recommended that people "go barefoot or wear open-toed sandals whenever you can in the hot weather In South Africa barefoot walking in public is part of the predominantly white Afrikaans speaking culture, although English speaking people also often walk barefoot in public, especially in the summer months and in cities such as Cape Town.
The National Guidelines on School Uniform list shoes as an optional item  while the Draft Guidelines state "Pupils, especially in lower grades, should also be permitted to attend without shoes in hot weather". Most children attend school barefoot. In many schools, the dress codes either encourage kids to attend school barefoot or prefer kids to attend school barefoot, especially in the summer months.
Some South African schools have sport uniforms where bare feet are compulsory, such as primary school rugby. Another sport where bare feet for kids are compulsory is "tou trek" or tug of war. Being barefoot in public is generally tolerated. In South African shopping malls, stores, and events, it is not an uncommon sight to see barefoot adults, kids and especially teenagers and young adults.
In some parts of the United States, where taboos against barefoot walking are strong, it is common for people to wear the same shoes indoors and outdoors, and for guests to keep their shoes on when visiting other people's houses. Removing the footwear and making a captive go barefoot has been one of the first conventional methods to tag and identify prisoners in most civilizations. It was a usual feature and often the principle element of early prison uniforms.
The visual aspect of bare feet is therefore used to contrast the conventional appearance as footwear is regarded an obligatory clothing feature in urbanized cultures. Besides the indicatory aspect going in bare feet restricts the freedom of action in many situations.
A barefooted person is therefore disadvantaged opposite a shod person in many practical respects. This aspect is often used to exercise physical control over individuals in captivity. A barefoot person is usually disadvantaged in a physical confrontation against shod individuals.
Drastically more severe injuries can be sustained especially by a kicking person outfitted with footwear in contrast to a person in bare feet. For this reason shoes are considered deadly weapons by penal laws of most countries. These effects are usually desired by correctional or police officers primarily in confrontational situations with antagonistic individuals.
The risk of personal injury is therefore notably reduced and the situation can often be resolved more efficiently. Another main objective is preventing and counteracting potential attempts of prison escape. Without the protection of the feet that shoes provide, the locomotion of an unshod person is more difficult in the majority of exterior environments, so a potential fugitive is easier to retrieve in many cases.
Detainees are often discouraged from attempting escape by this measure alone. A barefoot person experiences certain discomfort in daily life situations. The desire to be protected from the common inconveniences of the ground, mostly due to coarse textures or adverse temperatures, prompted humans to make use of footwear in ancient history. Incidentally the traditional visual appearance of civilized societies was established, including footwear as an obligatory feature.
A forced exclusion from the conveniences and also appearance of footwear typically creates an frequent awareness of being vulnerable, therefore it can have an intimidating effect on a person. The enforcement of bare feet often creates a consciousness of being powerless and degraded notably on prisoners, as they typically cannot relieve this situation on their own.
As the practical effects are typically achieved effortlessly, keeping captives or prisoners barefoot has been cross-culturally practiced since antiquity.
It was also commonly practiced to identify slaves in former times. Since ancient times, it is a common practice in civil societies to wear footwear as a standard feature. In contrast to this convention, slave codes often decreed that slaves go barefoot. For example, the Cape Town slave code stated that "Slaves must go barefoot and must carry passes.
Slaves were forbidden to wear shoes. This was a prime mark of distinction between the free and the bonded and no exceptions were permitted. Shoes have been regarded as badges of freedom and signs of empowerment since early human history, while going barefoot designated a rather low social rank, often having the status of an unfree person.
Using the symbolic meaning of shoes to display a respectable social status and also being vested with authority, people have ceremonially been issued with footwear as is mentioned in the bible "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet Luke Forcing individuals to go barefoot by taking away their shoes and disallowing or hindering them to be worn accordingly has the reversed meaning.
While since ancient societies the standard form of appearance commonly includes footwear as an implicit feature, the imagery or bare feet is often used to indicate submission, subjugation or dependence, in certain contexts also being disarmed or disempowered. Therefore, this detail has become an informal and sometimes even formal law in societies practicing slavery.
A barefooted human could be unmistakably identified as unfree and be attributed with the lowest social status on the spot. As a consequence appearing barefooted in any social situation was proscribed for common citizens and strictly avoided. In many US states this perception is prevalent to this day as everyday shoes are typically also worn in the private space and being barefooted is effectively placed under taboo see above.
In certain societies this rule pertains to this day where slavery is still unofficially practiced. The Tuareg are known still to practice slavery and force their slaves to go barefoot. In several countries of the world prison inmates have to remain barefoot under regulatory constraint. In history this was common practice in most civilizations as bare feet were commonly received as a characteristic of unfree individuals. It also marked the first means of visually marking prisoners in terms of a prison uniform.
In Thailand, a defendant in penal proceedings traditionally must remain barefoot for courtroom appearances. In Germany it was common practice during the Nazi-era to keep especially female prisoners uniformly barefoot. In particular camps the women also had to perform forced labor in their bare feet, at times even under adverse weather conditions. This was implemented as means to intimidate the detained individuals and dampen renitency as well as to reduce the expenses for clothing items.
It was also part of the then prevalent practice in Nazi-Germany to victimize prisoners. Within women's penitentiaries in socialist East Germany German Democratic Republic especially political prisoners who were regarded as opponents of the regime could have their footwear seized and be detained barefoot as an aggravation of their penalty.
The earmarking of captives by forcing them to go in bare feet was also practiced specifically on imprisoned women in parts of the United States until the early 20th century. It was then common practice by penal institutions particularly in Texas to exclude female prisoners from being issued with any kind of footwear, by this means keeping them barefoot throughout. Contrary to this measure adequate shoes were provided for male convicts as a matter of course.
There were no apparent security motives for this unequal treatment; it was however practiced to point out the evident hierarchy between male and female detainees. The according structure of subordination of the female prisoners also towards the male convicts was therefore showcased in an evident and palpable way.
It also conformed to the notion of the criminal courts, who widely saw prisoners as official slaves of the state. As going shoeless is placed under a more or less strict social taboo in most regions of the US see above , being forced to go entirely barefoot determined the degradation to the lowest social rank for the incarcerated women.
This arbitrary and victimizing measure was an apparent token for the general discrimination against incarcerated women, who unlike male prisoners did not have the right to claim legal remedies at that time. In the present ISIS usually deprives their captives of footwear, presumably in order to identify them more readily and prevent escape. In the bible there are multiple passages stating that a potent way to inflict humiliation on another human being lies in taking away his or her shoes and forcing the individual to go barefoot.
Ritual customs therefore consisted of publicly taking away a disgraced person's shoes. This resulted in the individual being defamed as a "barefooter" culminating in the loss of social standing. On the other hand, taking off the shoes of one's own will and voluntarily exposing one's bare feet is regarded as a token of submission and humility by the bible. This included the subjection under higher powers as well as a mundane authority. Therefore, it was concluded to be imperative that prisoners or captives were to be kept barefoot and in light clothing as a token of their subjugation.
During the era of the Catholic Inquisition it was commonly believed that women practicing witchcraft had their ability to use sinister powers largely diminished if they were forced to remain barefoot. As a consequence first of all the just arrested woman routinely had her footwear taken away, ensuring that her feet remained unclothed at all events. Due to interpretations of the Malleus Maleficarum it was believed that in case a witch was not strictly kept in her bare feet she could still cast a spell on people by just looking at them.
As the prosecutors wanted to avoid any risk, it was seen to it that the bare feet of the accused woman were constantly visible, so to convince themselves at any moment. During questioning or in court the accused women often had to stand on a consecrated spot with the soles of their bare feet touching the sanctified area.
This was believed to completely inhibit any of their purported magic powers. Accordingly, the women were forbidden to look at the prosecutors when their bare feet were not strictly in place.
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