Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mens Fashion Freedom

Hey everyone, I wanted to share a FB group I started with all of you open minded people on here.  It's called Mens Fashion Freedom and can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mensfashionfreedom/ 

As many of you know, I not only paint my toes but am also very freethinking about many things, and one of those is the silliness of putting gender labels on clothing. 

Why do we need them?  Ok, for a few items like bras or jock straps they can be gender specific do to fitting our different anatomies.  But for things like shirts, socks, underwear, pants, shoes, etc, there really is no need for it.  Women already wear most everything men do, so they certainly don't pay attention to gender labels.  Heck, women can wear mens underwear, shirts, shoes, suits and ties, or just about anything, and we think nothing of it.  But if a man wears an article of clothing, even as simple as a pair of socks they bought in the women's dept, people start freaking out.

But to me, clothes are clothes and we should just all go into the same section and buy what appeals to us, without a gender label.  Sizes could be standardized to be simply xs, small, etc, and it would be much simpler, and would break down a lot of the stereotyping that goes on in society.  And womens sizes make absolutely no sense.  My wife has tried to explain it to me and sometimes a woman will wear a size 16, another time a size 22, etc.  So it would greatly simplify womens sizing, lol.

Guy Purcella in a grey wool skirt with painted toesAnd who are we to judge others choice of clothing or shoes they wear?  I mean, what does it hurt if a guy wears a skirt for example, even if with pretty flowers on them, or a swishy pleated style?  I do, and they feel much more comfortable than pants and shorts.  Mostly I wear kilts, which are basically
a skirt made for men, which is a silly game of semantics to me.  But occasionally I wear a skirt in public, although they are mostly simple styles like the grey wool skirt shown in this picture.  Here I'm also wearing a shirt we bought in the women's dept, but it is very similar to some of the mens shirts I have, so I say, "So What if it came from the women's dept?"  I'm not doing it to try and look like a woman, but if someone does, again, so what?  We are so judgmental and we really shouldn't be.

And I also like cool and pretty shoes.  I sometimes wear some in public, although I mostly go barefoot these days, but most often, if I'm wearing shoes it's some of my nicer mens sandals like my Birkenstocks, or Chaco sandals.

But those are mostly boring browns, blues or blacks, and sometimes I feel like color, so I also have some colorful versions like the ones shown here. 

Why not?  I like they way they look and they make me happy, so I wear them.  I know some will judge me because of something as simple as this,
but really, I don't care.  To me, that is your narrow minded problem, and not mind.  I believe in accepting my fellow man and choosing my friends based on their personality and what's in their heart, not the clothes they do, or don't wear.







I have even combined the look below, which is a very masculine pair of camo pants with these 'womens' shoes, and I think they look great, and they are very comfortable.  But to many, I'm weird.  Oh well, I failed to please everyone in the world, I guess I should consider myself a failure, lol.  I think life is to short to worry about what the world thinks about our style, and we should just try to do what makes us happy instead.  I am, and I'm liking myself more and more everyday.

Let me know your thoughts, and be sure to join our FB group if you feel the same way I do.  This group is open to men or supportive women.  The group address again is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mensfashionfreedom/ 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Going Barefoot with Painted Toes in Public


Hey everyone, in the last year and 1/2 I've been going barefoot as often as possible, usually with painted toes.  I actually go barefoot about 80% of the time even in public or on construction jobs.  I go everywhere I can, and do everything I can such as shopping, eating out, working construction indoors, etc.  And I'm convinced that it is MUCH healthier than wearing shoes.  We are convinced to wear shoes because of the protection it affords us, but most of the time, we can go barefoot just as safely.  AND, it feels GREAT. 



Why am I posting this?  Because I think it's so much healthier than shoes, and won't deform your toes like shoes do.  Maybe you already have bent toes and just assume it's the way you were born.  But if you look at a babies feet, they are almost always shaped perfectly and stay that way for at least several years.  Then we start stuffing our kids feet into shoes that are often not shaped the way our feet are, and to snug side to side.  And so eventually it deforms our feet.  But, you can stop any further progression and even undo a lot of that. Since I've started going barefoot my feet have gotten a little wider, so it can be undone.

Shopping in a Napa Auto Parts store barefoot with no hassles


Some of the benefits of going barefoot are:
  • It's healthier.  Shoes are an incubator of sorts for nail fungus, athletes foot, etc.  They can not grow without a moist and warm environment, which doesn't happen when you're barefoot.
  • It feels much better
  • It's cooler
  • Your feet and toes don't get deformed
  • It strengthens your feet and ankles, always good for balance and posture
  • It saves on the cost of shoes
  • It shows off your nail polish better
  • Can eliminate the need for orthotics and such for many people
  • Gets rid of your High Heels, if you wear those, which are Very hard on your feet
  • You get to feel the earth and all the textures you walk across, which is pretty cool
  • It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.
  • It is also not against any health department regulation in any of the US States.
  • It is not against the law to drive barefoot.
For those times when you do need to wear shoes, consider some of the new barefoot styles like these at Amazon.com

If you enjoy going barefoot, or to learn more, join the facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/societyforbarefootliving/.  This is a Very active group and only for those who support barefooting in public.  So if that's not for you, this won't be a group for you.  If you only want to barefoot at home for example, and have no desire to be barefoot in public, then this won't be a group for you.  But if you would like to go barefoot in public, then please join them. 

Or, visit one of the following webpages for more information:
http://www.barefooters.org/index.html
http://www.barefootalliance.org/