Over the last 20 years, in 6 different companies, I’ve been lucky to say, “I’m barefoot at work most of the time”. Indeed, no shoes or socks – just me and my old pair of bare feet. Interestingly enough, most people who know I work barefoot, even accomplished barefooters, tend to think I am a special case. They believe it is nearly impossible for anyone in the western world, working in an office environment, to be able to spend most of their working time in bare feet; let alone interact normally with both co-workers and clients without being properly “attired”. Well, I beg to differ, simply because there is nothing special or unique about me: I’m just a graphic designer, working for a small web development firm, who happens to prefer being barefoot and I’ve been doing it for the last 20 years with virtually no problems.
Granted, I happen to work in a field where dressing casually comes with the territory. Nevertheless, I am yet to encounter an office, even among the most casual, where barefooting is the norm. Albeit, like in any aspect of my barefoot lifestyle, there are times when I do feel it’s more appropriate to wear shoes at work: mostly, as a favour to my boss, when meeting new clients for the first time; in which cases, my footwear of choice is usually a rather old pair of Birkenstock sandals. Nevertheless, I estimate that, on average, I spend about 90% of my time at work with nothing on my feet.