Happy 'Go Barefoot Day,' which PopWatch disrespectfully declines to celebrate

Adamlambert_lAdam Lambert must have timed his pretty pedicure perfectly with Joss Stone’s favorite holiday, National Go Barefoot Day. We didn’t tell you before 5:26 p.m. because it has nothing to do with entertainment. NOT TO MENTION, but I’m about to anyway: The PopWatch staff exhibits a fairly low tolerance of feet in general. I personally can’t handle the thought of bare feet in any public situation. Particularly my gross feet. I’ll go barefoot on the beach and that’s it. They’ll be burrowing into the sand with extreme and I’m sure somewhat off-putting force the entire time.

Hey, let’s hear from some other P-Dubs about bare feet!

Margaret Lyons: "I really, really hate other people’s feet. A lot of people wear sandals on the subway in summer, oh lord. I am vehemently against mandals anywhere that’s not a literal beach."

Michael Slezak: "I am fine with other people doing  what they want with their feet, but I will not wear a sandal of any kind ever, except for in the shower at the gym. (Which opens a whole  different bag of psychological issues.) [Editor’s note: What else will you only do in the shower at the gym, you psycho? –AB] I don’t like anything to touch my feet…urban "liquids," sand, other people. I just have serious issues, which is why I really don’t care to go to the beach. Ever."

Mandi Bierly: "I’m okay with men wearing flip flops but not mandals."

Mike Bruno: "I have mandals for the beach, though I confess I’ll wear them for a run to the grocery store too. Cuz I don’t give a f—."

I think Bruno may have won this non-debate, for now. He wears mandals to the grocery store. That’s so awful that’s it’s just a little bit fabulous.

Let’s settle this, although we totally won’t. Please tell us your thoughts on bare feet. Yes! We’re serious!


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  • YoursTruly

    If I could be barefoot every day, I would. I grew up in the bland midwest, and in the summertime you couldn’t pay me to wear shoes. As gross as NYC can be, I still want to be barefoot all the time. I seem to take a complete opposite view of the Pop Watchers! Scandalous!

  • coco

    Are flip-flops ok? Cause I love them!

  • Deb S

    I wanna be in an office where we’re debating the merits of bare feet and admiring Glambert’s toes at 5:26. Hire me! You’ll never see my nekkid feet — promise! I’m the last woman under 50 who wears hosiery with strappies in the summer. No flippity-floppety flip-flops on hardwoods ever.

  • Snarf

    I go barefoot at the cottage, in my apt or at the beach but that’s it.
    My feet are on the Hobbit side of ugly (but less hairy) and I’m in desperate (DESPERATE) need of a pedi myself.

  • Kaiulani

    Growing up in Hawaii we were barefoot all the time. In fact in highschool we only were required to wear shoes in science lab. It is also customary to remove your shoes before entering anyone’s home. It is still a practice I enforce even when living on the mainland.

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  • Minutiae

    I think I need to come work at EW, because I have found my people. I don’t like to touch anyone’s feet, I don’t like anyone touching my feet, and the only person who gets a pass on either is my 7 month old daughter. Because her little feet are adorable. And while I’ll wear sandals upon occasion, the Mister is not allowed to EVER wear mandals, because they’re gross.

    • Antome

      Translated: You prefer your feet over those of your hubby, you just obnoxiously hate guy feet.

  • Rob Tyson

    No quote from Alynda Wheat on this? As far as I am concerned, feet without covering… not welcome!

  • CindyM

    Michelle, It’s Adam. Calm down. Search the web there are “during” pictures of his pedicure. Because god knows he can’t get a pedicure without the paps getting a picture of it. :)

  • Barefooter

    I go barefoot everywhere I can. Since I rarely wear shoes, my bare feet are healthier, stronger and look a lot better than most people’s feet. Many people seem to have a foot phobia, but I say to them – if you don’t like bare feet, don’t look down at them! But seriously, more people should try going barefoot more often, regardless of how you feel about feet. It feels great!

  • Colin

    I wear sandals whenever possible over the summer, just because I enjoy the fact that I can do so comfortably. Living in southwestern PA, I take advantage of the days when I can wear summer gear.

  • beelkay

    I don’t think I have any feet issues. I don’t mind seeing other people’s feet, I like the way my feet look (especially after a pedi), etc. I don’t have to deal with urban “liquids”, though…maybe my outlook would be different in that case.

  • Meredith

    I go barefoot at home and at the beach. Although, even at home I prefer to wear socks. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people make me take off my shoes at their house “to protect the carpet.” But what is going to protect my feet from your floor? As for other people’s feet, I prefer not to see them, but I understand the need to let your feet breathe. My dad, who has about the grossest feet in the history of mankind, wears sandals in the summer because his feet get so hot. It’s disgusting, but I tolerate it because I don’t want my poor dad to get heat stroke.

  • Zach

    I don’t understand the hatred of feet, but then again, I’m “ethnic” (born in a tropical country). There’s nothing wrong with sandals, people. Although I do have to say, the state of most people’s toenails in this country allows me to understand why you’re all disgusted with feet. Heh.

  • JenG

    I love sandals. I wish I could wear them all year long.
    and, ahahahaha, how much do I love that the first thing Adam did when he got back to LA was to get a manicure/pedicure? A whole whole lot. LOL
    @Michelle. Yes, it’s him. There’s an entire set of pictures of him at a nail salon.

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