My share of the weekly dog walking duties equates to around 10 – 15 miles depending on the length of our weekend walks / runs, so if even half of these are barefoot there should be some effect.
My main concern was the longer interaction time with other people. When barefoot running, I have usually passed anyone before they’ve had time to comment!
I’d already planned a response to any interrogations – “I am training for a barefoot half marathon.” Perfectly logical!
However, after a few barefoot walks with Fergus this weekend involving talking to other dog walkers, no one mentioned the fact I had no shoes on. One kind lady did mention to take care as she had seen some broken glass on the trail, without mentioning my bare feet. Completely the opposite reaction to what I had expected! I thanked her and said I would be careful, and we both continued with our dog walks.