Barefoot as a life setting?
Susanne Zürn-Seiller, press officer of the Comité Régional de Tourisme Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in Marseille, who not only made my research on site possible through her sponsorship, but also supported me logistically, warned me extra: In the Calanques at Marsaille hiking only with sturdy shoes!
And while I am now on the safe side with my solid walking boots, and secretly blaspheming the people I meet on my way with little sands, I notice Elizabeth who is barefoot. Barefoot, without shoes, which could offer on the rocky, uneven and steep protection from stones, thorns and kinks.
I have to think of the Australian star fashion photographer Russel James: He photographed models like Giselle Cirrus or Heidi Klum of the world, but can according to own data in shoes "don't shoot a single clever picture". He runs barefoot even in the middle of winter. And there are more people like him - you just have to enter life barefoot on Google.
Socially not accepted
Just: Here, without shoes to crackle, seems to me a trace harder. So a reason for me to address Elizabeth. It is a life setting, she tells me. As often as she can, she walks barefoot. Unfortunately, it is often not. For example, at work, because Elizabeth has a serious job as an accountant in the Toulon region of southern France.
Even in her free time, when she goes out in the evening, she often has to discuss your attitude with people. "Running barefoot is often not accepted in society .." she sighs. She finds it funny that I want to publish a photo of her. "If you want," she says. Walking through the area without shoes is nothing particularly worth mentioning for Elizabeth.
Unprotected on stony paths?
I ask if walking barefoot is not a bit dangerous here. Although the main hiking trails, especially for southern European conditions, are excellently well developed. But like me, Elizabeth keeps taking the small paths that shorten the long hairpin bends on the way down. And they are anything but wide and comfortable.
She fends off with a laugh: "It's just the way to the beach, barefoot walking is not a problem," she says. In fact, it runs amazingly safely on the rocky road. Even if she has to walk a bit more carefully than people with sturdy shoes. Sometimes she stumbles a little, but that can also happen with sturdy shoes.
Only apparent security?
"Bravo," said a woman who comes puffing towards us from below and points to Elizabeth's bare feet. And I suddenly wonder why I have been carrying heavy hiking shoes with me all week. Maybe you really have more freedom if you walk barefoot through the area?
Perhaps we should simply take things from which we believe that they provide us with security, but which really confine us to reality? Or is barefoot running just a crazy spleen, the consolidation of a somewhat spun identity, as Russell James himself says?
Barefoot at work - what is allowed?
And what would you say if your boss, your staff or colleagues suddenly wanted to get barefoot to work? How far does it go, in the wake of the often cited shortage of skilled workers, in Company the tolerance to allow employees such and similar nastiness?
Or is it, for example in creative professions, not even necessary, the employee have such freedoms to do their job well, as the example Russell James shows. Or can the stars just allow themselves? Looking forward to opinions!
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