"Shoes? No, I can certainly afford them; I go barefoot for comfort."
— Ryu (win quote), Street Fighter IV
This character tries to avoid wearing shoes whenever possible. The reasons for this design or personality trait vary greatly. There are some reasons that are common enough to be specific subtropes:
- Barefoot Loon: As a sign of eccentricity or absent-mindedness. Bunny Ears Lawyers and Cloudcuckoolanders may go barefoot in public because they are either flouting societal conventions or are simply oblivious to them.
- Barefoot Poverty: Because they simply can't afford footwear. If they go up in the world they may still avoid wearing shoes because they find them uncomfortable or to show that they haven't lost touch with their roots.
- Barefoot Sage: Enlightened sages and eccentric mentors, for the reason that they know and see more than everyone else does, and are just too wise to care about said social conventions. This may also be a form of religious asceticism.
- Magical Barefooter: Characters with magical powers sometimes go barefoot - this may be because they need contact with the soil for their powers, because they are invulnerable to injury or soiling, to demonstrate their lack of interest in social conventions, or to demonstrate their "higher being" status.
- Earthy Barefoot Character: To show that they are connected to the soil in some way. This may overlap with the previous bullet if they have elemental or nature-linked powers that are weakened or neutralised if they don't have skin contact with the ground, but it's frequently just a metaphor. The Nature Hero, Barbarian Hero, Noble Savage, Hot Gypsy Woman, and Jungle Princess are often barefoot.
- Undead Barefooter: Undead characters may go barefoot, again either to dramatise their inhumanity or because they just don't care.
This is also sometimes a sign of youthful innocence, and many of the characters who demonstrate this trope are either children or childlike. Most Asian martial arts are practiced barefoot, whether in training or competition, and as a result martial artist characters are often Flanderized into being barefoot at all times. Ditto for gymnasts and swimmers. The lack of shoes may also be used as an indication of untamed ruggedness. Finally it can be because there's something special and non-human about their feet. Their feet might be so tough they don't need shoes at all, or so large or oddly-shaped that nothing available will fit. This is one of the standard racial attributes of Hobbits. Furry characters have a tendency to be unshod, leading to a society of Barefoot Cartoon Animals, unless they're The One Who Wears Shoes. Or maybe their Handy Feet are just as much gripping appendages as their hands are. Characters with non-humanoid body shape are exempt from this. This trope is often used in visual media as an excuse to show frequent close-up shots of bare feet, usually due to Fanservice or Author Appeal (both, if you're Quentin Tarantino or Joss Whedon), which may explain why these characters' feet are very rarely visibly dirty or calloused. Contrast All Women Love Shoes; downplayed if a character only wears open-toed sandals or flip-flops in circumstances when others usually put on closed shoes or boots (like in cold weather or on formal occasions).
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- Jean LeFoot, "The Barefoot Pirate", from the 1960's and 2000's Cap'n Crunch commercials.
- Segata Sanshiro goes barefoot, in keeping with his appearance of a martial arts master who'll kick your ass if you don't play Sega Saturn. This is deconstructed in his advertisement for Winter Heat, wherein he races across an ice rink against an ice skater, but is later found desperately warming his feet up.
- Alana O'Brien is barefoot in every Free Credit Score slider commercial made thus far.
- Mountain Dew's "Get That Barefoot Feeling" late 60s-early 70s campaign referenced the soda's country roots by trying to equate enjoyment of the drink with the carefree joy of lounging or traveling without shoes. Commercials showed Mountain Dew drinkers happily going barefoot in public or social situations.
- Spic 'n Span had a campaign in the '70s targeted towards viewers who don't wear shoes indoors. The commercials showed people performing various household activities in their bare feet, to the accompaniment of a cover of Robert Parker's "Barefootin'" (a song about the fun of dancing barefoot) while the announcer boasted that Spic 'n Span gets floors "barefoot clean".
- A businessman in one BMW commercial, promoting the sensitivity of the car's all-wheel drive, decides while in his office to become barefoot, and learns while exploring the building and its city to enjoy feeling different tactile sensations with his feet, including the brush of an asphalt road, and the rush of a rainwater stream.
Anime & Manga
- Justine Andersen's Eros Comics project Mara Celtic Shamaness lives and breathes this trope, taking it Up to Eleven. Mara insists on going barefoot constantly, especially when it's dangerous or disgusting to do so.
- Julie Winters of The Maxx, in both the original comic and the Animated Adaptation. She doesn't seem to have any particular aversion to shoes, but she definitely prefers going barefoot (even while walking the city streets and alleys). She does it often enough that, if you can't see her feet, and she hasn't been explicitly shown earlier to be wearing shoes, you can assume she's barefoot.
- Tia Dalma is barefoot in the comics Pirates of the Caribbean (based on movie series of the same name). The movies do not show her feet at all, so she could be barefoot in them as well. In fact, lots of POTC fanfics describe her that way: one, two and many others.
- Both Swift and Jack Hawksmoor of Stormwatch and The Authority rarely wear shoes, as she has flight powers and the ability to turn her feet into bird-like talons, and he has powers derived from urban environments and needs to stay in skin contact with the ground or buildings. Jack Hawksmoor's alterations to be fully adapted to city living include "metallic" appearing foot soles, allowing him to walk on any city surface comfortably (concrete, asphalt, etc).
- Cynthia Reynolds, a.k.a. Gypsy of the Justice League of America, happily walks the streets of Detroit wearing nothing but a few anklets and toe rings on her feet. It makes sense, since gypsies (in fiction at least) always seem to be barefoot — especially hot gypsy women.
- Oracle and other Kandrakar inhabitants in W.I.T.C.H. (some pictures even show Wee clinging to Oracle's bare foot). Orube is also barefoot when in her warrior outfit.
- Beast from the X-Men wears neither boots nor gloves due to his hands and feet being abnormally big. This was clearer when he was human. Human Hank certainly owned shoes in his big size, but he went barefoot when in costume because having ape-like prehensile toes was a major part of his abilities. After he became blue and furry, he stopped bothering with shoes even when in his civvies. Adversely, after his mutation progressed to a more feline-like stage and his hind legs became retrograde, he started wearing special shoes sometimes, even though this seems to make less sense than ever. From an artistic perspective, he also went barefoot because it was the easiest way to portray his powers, since before he gained his fur, he looked relatively normal apart from his huge hands and feet.
- Plastic Man is always barefoot, even though he has no toes, and thus looks like he's wearing flesh-colored tights. It emphasizes his amorphous nature. He's been known to stretch his toes for escape attempts.
- Many of the characters (female and male) in Love and Rockets go barefoot on a regular basis. This isn't culturally unusual in the romantically rural "Palomar/BEM"◊ saga, but can seem that way in the urban/SF settings of the "Los Locas/Mechanics◊", "Runaway Rikki" and "Love & Rockets" storylines.
- The Hulk, as his feet are not only too big, but change in size with the rest of him depending on his anger level.
- Both The Professor and Joe Fixit, however, wear appropriate footwear (generally patent leather formal shoes and workboots, respectively. The Professor even once wore bunny slippers!)
- His more self-controlled cousin She-Hulk has sometimes gone barefoot and sometimes worn shoes, Depending on the Artist. Eventually it stabilised on her usually wearing shoes when she dressed herself as She-Hulk, but barefoot if she'd hulked out on the spur of the moment.
- The Thing from Fantastic Four is generally depicted barefoot - unless he's incognito, where he would sometimes wear shoes to go along with his hat, shades, and giant trenchcoat (as leaving even his feet exposed would be a dead-giveaway that this figure has rocky orange skin). Around the 2000s, however, his normal outfit started to feature boots and trousers.
- Delirium from The Sandman rarely wears shoes. In Brief Lives she wears what looks like a pair of Doc Martens with one outfit and spends the rest of the arc barefoot.
- Meggan from Excalibur.
- Jinx, of the Fearsome Five and Villainy Inc., is perpetually barefoot. This is because her powers are tied to her contact with the earth at her feet. As she can be disabled by simply lifting her from the ground, imagine what shoes would do to her magic.
- During the '60s, characters in Archie Comics went barefoot all the time, and not just at the beach or around the house. Check out any issue from this time period and you'll just about always find two or three characters who seemingly left their house without putting any shoes on. And every now and then, it would even be a central element.
- One cover had a barefoot Betty and Veronica observing a shoe store during the hippie years, where the owner was fast asleep from lack of customers. Another saw them suffering on a hot sidewalk.
- In one comic strip, Veronica had developed the habit of going barefoot all the time and her father called her out on it for buying tons of shoes that she wasn't wearing. In a different one, she lost one of her many rings that she was wearing on her fingers and shoeless toes alike. A third comic had her take off her sandals to give Archie a shiatsu massage with her toes.
- In the sister comic to Archie, Josie and the Pussycats, the girls once decided to ditch their shoes and adopt the barefoot craze, earning a lot of stunned responses from their peers.
- Tanga, an alien superheroine created by Kevin Maguire, never wears shoes and remarks that she's "not a big fan" of them. Strictly speaking she isn't barefoot — although the covers usually depict her as such — since she wears a bodystocking which also covers her feet. But she doesn't wear shoes, so the trope applies.
- Nate Grey (X-Man) usually goes without shoes as part of his naturalistic "shaman" nature.
- Danny from John Byrne's Next Men. Justified in the sense that shoes can't stand up to the force of his running, so he has to toughen up his feet to do so.
- Jenny Weaver of Zot! goes barefoot whenever possible. This may have something to do with Scott McCloud having modelled her on "feeling," one of Jung's proposed four types of human thought.
- The title character of Alice Picard's Weëna spends roughly the first 2/3rd of the series barefoot. She initially wore shoes, but gave them to Opera when she freed her from slavery, and simply chose to remain barefoot from then on out despite having plenty of chances to acquire new shoes. As a child, she was always barefoot. In the final stretch of the series, she finally opts for sandals.
- The Shobijin in the IDW Publishing Godzilla comic are depicted barefoot. Somewhat fitting, seeing as they were like this in the 1961 Mothra film.
- The Séance from The Umbrella Academy, but in an odd forgettable comment in the Dallas arc, it's because he can't use his powers when wearing them. Granted, this does come from a psychotic assassin in a dog head, but in that time, Seance doesn't really try to fight back, so his powers are probably at least inhibited.
- Loki God(dess) of Stories from Loki: Agent of Asgard prefers to walk barefoot, keeping in with their whole aesthetic.
- Both the Blue and the Black largely go barefoot, as they live underwater, in Michael Turner's Fathom. Played straighter with the main heroine Aspen, who tended to ditch her sandals whenever she felt like it, even above water. Slightly averted with Cannon, as he's a Blue who tends to wear casual, modern clothes (shoes included). His first appearance was in a suit.
- Anything by Richard Sala is going to have at least one perpetually barefoot female character. Peculia is one example, although she did wear shoes originally (for about one and a half stories). She abandoned them fleeing a house that was attacked by Death and was carried off to safety before she could ever go back for them, so she just stayed without.
- During The '70s, Shang Chi Master Of Kung Fu went barefoot everywhere. Called out on this by a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City ("Hey, kid! Why Don't you get some shoes?", he replied, "Why do you fear to touch the ground? Does the concrete not separate you from it enough?"
- Arkhalla, Queen of Vampires, who is the reigning monarch of Ur, is usually barefoot, and also often partly or mostly naked. There are so many close ups of her bare feet that a strong foot fetish on the part of the artist cannot be ruled out.
- Later iterations of Mary Jane Watson from the Spider-Man comics frequently portray her barefoot and in torn jeans.
- The title character from the comic panel Ziggy seems to go barefoot... although that may be an artistic convention, as he seems to be the only person in the panel with his character design.
Garfield parodies this trope on August 16th, 1998. Seeing that the sun is shining exeedingly bright, Jon tries a walk in the front yard before going through a lot of mishaps. Needless to say, Garfield quips to the audience in dismay.
- Downplayed in Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Phoebe goes barefoot more than the average (human) cartoon character, but not excessively often.
- In Dennis the Menace, the titular menace, while not normally seeming this way, does occasionally seem like this. In a 2004 comic, he did a menace race barefoot, unlike his running mates, and also in 2004, there was a comic where the town held a foot competition. Completely normal, of course...
- In Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae Scragg never wears shoes.
Petunia describes Angela from Eragon this way. Not surprising, since it focuses on her Cloudcuckoolander personality.
- Terra Caldwell from Convergent Paths (a Pokémon fanfic) is almost always barefoot. She is a "Mother Earth" character who likes meditating. Lampshaded in chapter 62, where Daniel specially mentions her "strange aversion to shoes".
- Abelia from Pokemon: Rise of the Young Adventurers, and Vanna Seabright from the same story arc. Not really surprising, given the author's personal preferences.
- Aki, Shinji and Asuka's daughter in the Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfic, The Second Try and its sequel, Aki-chan's Life. Said character is an absolutely adorable little 4-year old who inherited her mother's stubbornness, to the point her parents gave up trying to force the issue unless it was necessary (such as dropping her off for Kindergarten; Aki was ''not'' happy about this)
- In Agent Loki International Man Of Mayhem, Loki doesn't get cold and therefore walks around the neighborhood without a coat or shoes. To the point where his neighbors don't know him by his psudonym Luke, but as "the no-shoes guy".
Sonic the Hedgehog fancomic Ghosts of the Future introduces Silver's sister Venice, who is always seen barefoot. Granted, she's only ever seen in her home or, later, a hospital bed, where it's not atypical, but her character sheet explicitly notes she "likes to go barefoot", implying it's more than that. In addition, Nicole also goes barefoot, as per the character's original design, while Tikal and Scourge lose the shoes from their original designs.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Godzilla Crossover fic Shadows of Giants, Fluttershy is sent to the human world and turned into a human. Kenji teaches her humans wear clothes, but she remains barefoot, only wearing sandals when she goes outside, and often forgetting to put them on.
- Xanna (and later Naruto) in the Reaching for a Dream series hates wearing shoes. Even when wearing rather impressive looking (if impractical) armor, she always goes barefoot because she finds it more comfortable. It helps that she's a demon and by the end of the story both she and Naruto are gods.
- Naruto exploits this in a later story by making a bet where the loser has to wear an outfit he selects that includes high heels. Xanna hates them so much that she doesn't ask about the rest of the outfit, which includes a collar that negates her powers.
- As the title implies, Harry Potter in ''Barefoot goes barefoot as often as possible. This is because he can learn the history of anything he touches and notes all the things he can learn through his soles.
- In the How to Train Your Dragon fanfic Family Meeting, memories of the adult vikings of Berk take an interesting turn when it's mentioned that Valka liked to run barefoot as a child. She gets a bit embarrassed when that is brought up. Too bad the other adults have told their children...
- In the Overwatch Mafia AU fanfic Running with an Angel, Mercy is taken hostage by the Shimada Criminal Empire. As their prisoner, she is stripped of all her valuables, and her outdoor clothing, which includes her shoes and socks. When Genji, who has become smitten with her, sneaks her out to the Shimada gardens for a date, Mercy is still barefoot, but delights in being able to feel the grass under her feet.
- A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic Hyperemesis Gravidarum sees Assassins' Guild student and long-distance runner Mariella Smith-Rhodes setting out for a race. She is from the Discworld's Expy of South Africa and like Zola Budd (Real life, below) prefers to compete barefoot, for much the same reasons.
Films — Animation
- Many Disney characters go barefoot:
Aladdin. Even after the first movie, Aladdin still wears that old clothing of his. By the third movie however he starts wearing shoes with his old clothing.
Tarzan, not surprisingly, given that Tarzan lives in the jungle and is a case of "Does Not Wear Clothes". Shortly after meeting him, Jane ditches her shoes and becomes a barefooter as well, as seen in the follow-up series The Legend of Tarzan .
- Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame wore shoes in Hugo's novel (though her outfit was "tinsel and rags,") but goes barefoot in the Disney Animated Canon version. In the sequel, she gains a pair of shoes - presumably as she's now married to Phoebus, and can now afford a pair.
- Kida in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Like Esmeralda, she ended up wearing shoes in the sequel. Also, Word of God actually confirmed that Kida was actually wearing Greco-Roman-style sandals at the end of the first film (they are hidden underneath her dress, and are the same shade of tan as her skin, but darker).
- The title character in Pocahontas. And yes, she too ended up wearing shoes in the sequel (and at the theme parks, along with the two mentioned above). Seem to be seeing a pattern here with Disney Sequel Barefooters?
- Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, at least as humble peasant girl "Briar Rose." When she gets her princess outfit and goes to the palace, then she's got shoes.
- Giselle in Enchanted, though mainly just in the animated segments. Possibly a direct reference to Aurora. However, while she wears shoes in the live action bits, Giselle takes them off in the climax and faces off against Narissa in her bare feet. Nancy later finds one of her shoes on the floor and the prince puts it on Nancy's foot, referencing Cinderella.
- Once she gets feet, Ariel in The Little Mermaid goes barefoot more often than she wears shoes. Her daughter Melody in the sequel is a dedicated barefooter, only wearing shoes when she's forced to.
- Rapunzel in Tangled. Of the youthful innocence variety — plus she's just never needed shoes due to never leaving her tower. Coincidentally, Rapunzel's voice actress, Mandy Moore, goes barefoot a lot in Real Life.
- Mowgli from The Jungle Book.
- Lilo and Nani from Lilo & Stitch normally don't wear shoes at home, likely due to the Hawaiian tradition of going barefoot.
- Mama Odie from The Princess and the Frog. Justified, since she is blind and possibly needs them bare.
- Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph doesn't wear shoes, even when attending Felix's wedding as his best man. Part of it is probably to enforce his "Wild Man" character design, but it might also be because his feet are enormous. The one time he does wear any kind of footwear, is when he's disguised as a Hero's Duty Marine.
- Everyone in Moana is barefoot. This is appropriate, of course, as the setting and characters are ancient Polynesian.
- Chel from The Road to El Dorado.
- In The Prince of Egypt, Moses throws off his sandals when God in the burning bush tells him to take them off in respect of this holy ground. Moses seemingly never recovers them again after that.
- Dot from Dot and the Kangaroo and its sequels.
- Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians. At one point, elves try to give him a pair. With bells. They are quickly dismissed and never spoken of again.
- The entire cast of The Croods — at least until Guy introduces them to shoes.
- Joy from Inside Out doesn't wear shoes, although since she doesn't appear to have toes, the effect is less barefooter and more ballet shoes. Seems to apply to every version of Joy across all the mind worlds.
- Princess Teegra from Fire and Ice. Not like she's wearing much outside of a teensy Fur Bikini.
Films — Live-Action
- The Na'vi in Avatar are perpetually barefoot. Fridge Brilliance also comes into play: Given the moon's lower gravity, and denser atmosphere, it's extremely easy to lose footing and slip — especially on dirt or soil. Cause of this, the Na'vi are able to curl their large toes directly into the ground for traction. The other lifeforms also partially compensate for the lower gravity and thicker atmosphere by having an additional pair of arms/legs.
- Maid Jean from the 1956 movie The Court Jester. This seems to be by choice, since she's always barefoot regardless of her outfit.
- In the 1939 film The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck says, "Shoes and I don't get along."
- Half-averted in the 1995 film Tom and Huck. Tom wore shoes for most of the movie, supposedly at actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas' insistence. The late Brad Renfro, on the other hand, was a country boy from Tennessee who had no such qualms, so Huck was almost always barefoot.
- The title character of the Tammy film series carries her shoes with her, telling people, "You don't have to wear fancy shoes to let people know you've got them."
- In the original The Parent Trap, Maureen O'Hara is always barefooted in the house of her ex-husband. In what is probably a Shout-Out, the remake has Natasha Richardson walk barefooted outdoors, but only a few steps.
- As a child and even after she has grown, Maleficent pads through the moors barefoot, though she probably doesn't do much walking as she flies mostly everywhere, that is until her wings are stolen from her, upon which, as the "Mistress of all Evil" she begins wearing boots with her new dark outfit. Upon the return of her wings, and her happiness, she sheds them along with the rest of her Evil Robes.
- Inverted with Brendan Fraser's character, George of the Jungle. He tends to go barefoot in the jungle, but for a cross-country running montage, he pulls out a pair of Nikes. Parody? Shameless Product Placement? You decide.
- In many Hamlet adaptations (1964, 1990, 1996, etc.) Ophelia is barefoot in the mad scenes.
- In the David Tennant version, Hamlet himself is barefoot a lot of the time, including while he is wearing a tuxedo.
- An unusual negative example is Spectre, a Quirky Town in Big Fish. The entire population goes barefoot, and visitors' shoes are stolen so they can't leave town.
- Agador/Spartacus, the houseboy in La Cage aux folles (and its American remake The Birdcage), does not wear shoes because if he wears them he falls down. Armand scoffs at this, but it turns out he is telling the truth.
- In Sex Drive, Felicia Alpine (Amanda Crew) tosses her shoes up into a tree, proclaims, "I was born barefoot!" and remains that way for pretty much the rest of the film (not always to her comfort).
- In the '70s rednecksploitation flick Gator Bait, Wild Child Desiree remains barefoot throughout the film, climbing through trees and running through swamps with ease.
- Another case is Simone Griffeth as Janeen in Swamp Girl, a similar film from 1971.
- The entire civilization of Bedrock in The Flintstones. (It's Lampshaded in the Prequel, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.) No-one wears pants, either. The men wear long shirts and the women wear either skirts or dresses. (Except when in bathing suits.)
- Some film versions of Dracula have his brides go barefoot, probably to add to their sex appeal. And to make it tougher for them to run away from the castle.
- Ditto that for the vampire films of French director Jean Rollin. Most of the female characters in his films go barefoot at least once, and many — like The Living Dead Girl — remain barefoot for the duration.
- Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction tends to take off her shoes whenever she can get away with it in the film. What do you expect when famed foot-lover Quentin Tarantino is writer-director?
- Maria Vargas, Ava Gardner's character in The Barefoot Contessa could practically be the trope namer. She goes from poor peasant girl to internationally famous actress, but never loses her love of going barefoot. When a statue is commissioned of her, she insists on posing for it barefoot, and at the end of the movie, after her husband murders her, Humphrey Bogart's character removes her shoes to bring her soul some peace.
- Gardner was quite fond of going barefoot in real life; reportedly, she was disappointed to find out that the character wore shoes in a few scenes.
- In A Piedi Nudi (Bare Feet), an Italian short film, a schoolgirl, after seeing another girl's shoes being stolen by a group of bullies, gives the victimized girl her own shoes to walk home in. She herself walks home barefoot, and ends up liking it so much that she decides to attend school barefoot the very next day, and stays that way the entire day despite the taunts of her classmates.
- Nancy Kwan is barefoot for the duration of Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. and has several scenes in Tamahine without any shoes as well.
- Lori Saunders in Mara of the Wilderness, since she's a Jungle Princess.
- Rynn, the title character in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. Interestingly, Jodie Foster, the actress who played Rynn, did and still does have that same trait.
- Jodie is also barefoot for much of Nell. In some scenes Nell wears work boots.
- Foster spends a vast majority of Panic Room barefoot as well; she's wearing shoes for maybe the first 15 minutes and that's it.
- In the film Bell, Book and Candle, Gillian (played by Kim Novak) is barefoot in just about every indoor scene. At one point in the movie, an old classmate claims that she came to college that way (until said classmate ratted her out to the dean, earning herself a fantastic curse in retribution). Here, it's a matter of style/statement. At that time, going barefoot was associated with Beatniks and bohemian types. When Gillian loses her powers, she undergoes Chickification and begins to wear shoes indoors.
- The heroine of That Lady in Ermine is a ghost in a painting of her in an ermine coat and bare feet (done for a symbolic move when she was alive). She spends most of the film in this outfit, and therefore barefoot, save for one scene.
- Eli in Let the Right One In doesn't wear shoes as a rule, even when in the snow. Of course, she's a vampire and as she explains to Oskar she doesn't get cold. As well, not wearing shoes makes it easier for her to climbs things like trees and walls.
- Alma Brown (Patricia Neal) in Hud fits. She claims to have worn shoes only once, at her wedding.
The Avengers and Iron Man 3: After Pepper Potts starts a relationship with Tony, she's often seen being barefoot once they start living together. Along with her more casual clothes, it's a sign of how they're able to relax around each other. (The practical reason for this is that Gwyneth Paltrow is several inches taller than Robert Downey, Jr. and the filmmakers will take what they can get to keep them in frame together. It also prevents her high heels from getting in the way when she wears the Mark 42 armor in Iron Man 3.)
- In It Could Happen To You, Judy Holliday's character absent-mindedly kicked off her shoes whenever she had to do some serious thinking.
The Million Dollar Hotel has an eccentric girl named Eloise (portrayed by Milla Jovovich). This fact has been lampshaded in the movie at least once, brought up with the help of Feet-First Introduction, and strengthen with that even after Eloise gets a white dress, she leaves her new high-heeled shoes in the bar, continuing her barefoot life.
- Miranda (played by Felicity Jones) in The Tempest (2010). Many modern productions of the play itself also have Miranda barefoot from beginning to end.
- In the B-Movie (and Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode) The Phantom Planet, the female aliens go barefoot.
- The entire skater boy gang in Skaterdater, which is appropriate, given this movie was shot during The '60s, when boys were walking around barefoot and skateboarding was practiced without shoes. At one point of the movie, the boy protagonist even tries to flirt with the girl by hampering her to tie her shoelaces. Of course, given the local dialogue's nature, it's hard to tell whether he actually wanted the girl to go shoeless as well.
- The aptly-named German film Barfuss (which is German for "barefoot", except in a slightly incorrect spelling) features a pretty naive girl named Leila. Being held at home by her mother (until she died) for full nineteen years not only made Leila completely unfamiliar to the socium - it has made her completely unfamiliar with shoes as well. Leila's feet remain naked even when Nick shows the girl all the wonders of the modern life and even after she has stopped wearing her nightdress all the time.
- Pocahontas from the 2005 film The New World is depicted as a perpetual Earthy Barefoot Character. To note, it's one of the (few) details that the Disney film also accurately portrayed: Even among the Powhatan, she always remained barefoot instead of opting for primitive moccasins.
- Befitting his down-to-earth persona, Luke in Drinking Buddies often doesn't wear shoes. Even in the factory that he works.
- Mystique in the X-Men movies, as she's always nude, she's always barefoot too. Extra points go to her for going to Stryker's compound at Alkali Lake nude and barefoot (a frozen lake and covered in snow).
- Juliette, Brigitte Bardot's character in And God Created Woman. She even goes to work barefooted; her foster mother mentions that one of the customers complained about that.
- Kura, the Indian Maiden in Utu (1983) is barefoot throughout the movie.
- In the 1997 movie Loved, Hedda Amerson (played by Robin Wright) spends the first half of the movie (flashbacks included) going barefoot in the street. The other half of the movie does have her wearing shoes, either because she's in court or because it's winter outside.
- In Rush (2013), James Hunt is seen barefoot even in places where most people would wear shoes, like a garage. Apparently, this is Truth in Television: the real James Hunt would often appear in public in a T-shirt, jeans and barefoot, even when meeting V.I.P.s and sponsors.
- Carla, the Hot Gypsy Woman from Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter.
- Nathan from Ex Machina doesn't seem to have a single scene where he wears shoes. The use of the trope doesn't seem to have any metaphorical significance, as he is a scientist who builds Fembots.
- Michael Burry in The Big Short spends most of his office time barefoot and in shorts... though he did wear nice shoes and suit when convincing big time bankers to help him bet against the supposedly rock-solid mortgage market via credit default swaps.
- Michelle in 10 Cloverfield Lane is barefoot throughout almost the entire film. Granted she's inside a bunker, but as both Emmett and Howard wear shoes, it seems like it's just not her thing. Her feet even get visibly dirty as she's repairing the air filtration system. However, she suffers a really bad injury to her ankle before waking up in there, so chances are she's going barefoot to avoid exacerbating her pain and to help the injury heal. Injuries to the ankle can remain sore for weeks or even months if the muscles tear. She had boots on at the beginning, but she doesn't touch them until the climax of the film.
- The actress wore slippers in between takes, so she probably had reservations about leaving her feet unprotected in real life.
- All three of the main girls at the end of Freaky Friday (2003) have kicked off their dress shoes to dance around barefoot while singing another rock song.
- In the three (1940, 1959 and 1971) movies made from Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae Scragg never wears shoes. But in the 1959 version, having her played superbly by Leslie Parrish, and having most of the other female characters wearing flesh colored slippers (for traction, given all of the dancing) makes this extremely effective.
For the record, she does—heavy motorcycle boots that contrast with her delicate dresses. Summer Glau even mentions this.
Myths & Religion
- The wise wizard Merlin from the Arthurian lore is frequently depicted barefoot in illustrations.
- As with the source, all of the characters in The Flintstones eschew shoes.
- The titular character in the German franchise Pumuckl is a mischievous but lovable kobold who wears a yellow shirt and green trousers, but no shoes.
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay have several species who don't wear shoes:
- Halflings, for the same reason as Tolkien's hobbits. Their feet are hairy and leathery.
- Jade (and amber) wizards often chose not to wear shoes, as they are extremely in tune with nature (or beasts).
- Beastmen have hooves, and no horseshoes.
- Many Orcs and Goblins also go without shoes, particularly the "jungle native"-styled Savage Orcs and Forest Goblins.
- Ratlings, Halflings IN SPACE, also occasionally go barefoot.
- Some Imperial preachers also go barefoot as part of their mendicant lifestyle.
- As of the latest codex, several Dark Eldar now go barefoot on the battlefield, including the Mandrakes (who are living shadows), some Hellions (who ride flying, bladed hoverboards) and Scourges (who have wings), Urien Rakarth and the other Haemonculi (who float around using suspensors), and Lelith Hesperax (who is just badass).
- Tau don't wear shoes, although with them it's more a case of "bare-hoof" than "bare-foot". Their allies, the Kroot, don't wear shoes either, but then, they don't wear anything.
- The Tharn in the Iron Kingdoms fantasy setting don't wear shoes, in keeping with their bestial nature.
Dungeons & Dragons:
- Originally played straight with halflings (as they started out as a fairly direct hobbit-ersatz). Averted in 3e, where halflings are no more or less likely to wear shoes than anyone else.
- In 3e, a fey race called the uldra in the Frostburn supplement and the hobbit-ersatz khesta in a third-party setting called Twin Crowns play it straight.
- Dragonborn in the 4th edition of Dungeons & Dragons are almost always depicted barefoot in the official art. The same seems to hold true for the 5th edition ("D&D Next") so far.
- Kobolds are described as never using footwear in the 3.5 edition (the idea never even occurred to them!), and are rarely if ever depicted using footwear in any edition.
- It's even reinforced in this Pathfinder-based book series, Ren Of Atikala
- Many if not all lizard-people (lizardfolk, kobolds, etc) in Dungeons & Dragons are depicted barefoot.
- Azer, a race of dwarves that are infused with fire, are almost always depicted barefoot.
- Goblins and bugbears are usually depicted without footwear, but Hobgoblins are usually shod. Of those three, the latter are the most organized and militarized, so their use of boots may be a reflection of that.
- Halflings in Pathfinder are vaguely hobbit-inspired and play the trope straight again.
- Armida in the play A Village Fable. "No shoes, no shoes, I refuse to wear shoes!" is practically her Catch-Phrase.
- In the musical Spring Awakening the character of Ilse spends the entire second act barefoot. The original music director for this show, Kimberly Grisby, also has a reputation for usually being barefoot — everywhere from conducting the show every night to on stage at award shows.
- In some productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one or more of the Fairies are perpetually barefoot.
- In modern expression theater, it seems to be an unwritten rule that all actors have to be barefoot.
- The title role of Pippin is always played barefoot. The tradition began when the role originator had bunions and couldn't find a comfortable pair of shoes.
- Audrey in As You Like It is often played barefoot. (As a side note, this custom began in the nineteenth century, when for reasons of propriety no performer would actually appear barefoot on stage: barefootedness was represented conventionally, by the wearing of white stockings called "leg fleshings.") Many modern productions of As You Like It have multiple characters barefoot during the Arden scenes, to go with the general "back to nature" vibe.
- In The Light Princess, the titular princess, Althea, is almost never seen with shoes on. As she's always floating, she has no need for them. When she has been weighted and is on the ground, she puts shoes on. However, as she's seen without shoes on at the end, when she's on the ground of her own volition, it's most likely she is this trope.
- Everywhere where more or less deep Character Customization is possible (mainly regarding the outfit), it's pretty much possible for the custom character to go barefoot at any time, in any place. Some games even have the concept of "decorative outfits" which are shown regardless of what equipment you're actually wearing, so it's perfectly possible to be wearing and getting the benefit of +11 Hobnail Boots of Stomping Things Flat while being shown on screen as barefoot.
- Shy-Ann◊, the meditating hippy flower-girl from Julia's Time Adventures, is barefoot. She is actually a time traveller just like the main character.
- The Monk and Witch Doctor classes (regardless of gender) in Diablo III have several shoe and boot options which leave them barefoot. The Witch Doctor's default appearance in particular is barefoot. By applying the vanishing dye, any shoe or boot options can leave them barefoot. The Monk in particular voluntarily lives in Barefoot Poverty as part of his/her training. At least, before the game starts.
- In Dragon Age II, elves are retconned into preferring to go barefoot most of the time. This includes party members Merrill and Fenris. Zevran from Dragon Age: Origins is an exception when he appears, since it's well established that he has a thing for leather boots.
- When you talk to Merrill when she has no conversation at that point, she often mentions something that has to do with her lack of shoes, like not expecting to be walking on cold stone or some merchants trying to sell her shoes for some reason. And in some dark and smelly caves, she has a very upset line "I think I stepped in something."
- One of Fenris's idle animations is checking the soles of his feet.
- This actually seems to apply more to Dalish elves (like Merrill) instead of all elves. As for Fenris... his aversion to wearing shoes probably has something to do with the Lyrium tattoos all over his body.
- Loads of Fighting Game characters go barefoot. This is appropriate, of course, given the number of martial arts that are practiced barefoot. Considerably:
- As the source of one of the page quotes, Ryu and Ken (along with half of everyone else) from the Street Fighter series.
- Ryu does wear red shoes in Street Fighter I, but they're gone in all subsequent games (barring a DLC costume for Marvel vs. Capcom 3). Ken was barefoot in this game, but comparatively has been shown to wear shoes outside of battle, when not sporting his fighter gi; Ryu, on the other hand, seemingly never wears any other outfits.
Street Fighter III actually has three females who are barefoot while fighting: Elena, Ibuki and Makoto. The last, despite being known to stay in her gi (complete with no shoes) even during the cutscenes, was later confirmed to wear shoes outside the fights after all, thanks to the Street Fighter IV alternate costumes. Outside the female cast, it's limited to Sean, Urien and Gill, and, like Ken, they wear shoes outside of battle, only depicted barefoot when fighting.
Darkstalkers has a few honorable mentions. Felicia is the only barefoot female fighter, Jon tends to burst out of his shoes and top when he goes wolf, and it's seriously doubtful there are any shoes in Sasquatch's size.
- Some of the Midnight Bliss transformations will also have either this (like for Jon Talbain's) showing their feet (like for Sasquatch).
- Ryo Sakazaki of Art of Fighting, as part of being the SNK answer to Ryu. In the original game Ryo wore geta that he'd kick off before fighting. In the legendarily awful OVA, he declares, "Not wearing shoes is part of our training!" but given the other Kyokugen fighters (Robert and Yuri) have no trouble with footwear, it's just him.
- In The King of Fighters Momoko, a cute capoerista, has actually been seen only in one game during the entire series, and even in the ending, she wasn't wearing shoes at all.
- Mai Shiranui, who was featured in the same series, also counts, except she doesn't wear shoes only when she wears her kunoichi attire, as her only footwear in that case is in-step guards and black thin foot wraps. She drops the latter off, though, for the Fatal Fury 3 onwards.
- Chae Lim in Maximum Impact, as for being a taekwondoist.
- Christie Monteiro from the Tekken series (Only in her P1 outfit though, as she wears sandals in her P2 costume), mainly because she's a capoeira fighter. Due to the fact that you can customize the outfits, though, it's also possible to see barefoot Lili, Alice and Asuka.
- In fact, Asuka does have an actual outfit in Street Fighter X Tekken, where all she has on her feet are Ibuki-esque wraps.
- Nina Williams also had shades of this in her default outfit of the very first installment of Tekken. And that's straight to the point that in the intro movie, she's shown running from the police having a gun in her hand but no shoes on her feet.
- Eddy Gordo, Christie's mentor, also counts for the most part, though some of his alternate outfits avert it.
- Kira Daidouji, Catherine Kyoubashi and Angelia Avallone from Arcana Heart are all barefoot. Kira can justify it by her perpetually swimming in her water blob, at least.
Skullgirls has Ms. Fortune and Painwheel, with the first due to being a catgirl and the second one being a Living Weapon who looks like she stepped out from a horror movie.
- Squigly also wears no shoes, she just wears a long dress and striped stockings.
- Maria, a fighter Spaniard girl from a little-known fighting game by Team 17, Body Blows, doesn't hold up to the habit of wearing shoes during the battle. Neither does the local Dumb Muscle Dug.
- Two kunoichi characters from a (rather crappy) PC-88 game The Queen of Duellist, Miyuki and Katana, wear instep guards.
- In the first Bushido Blade, Tsubame was wearing toeless socks, which exposed her red toenails. In 2, she, apart from getting an M-16 instead of a sword, becomes (almost) fully armored, complete with combat boots.
- The Quest for Glory series has a few examples:
- The katta in Trial by Fire wear no shoes, as they are a feline race; who appear to walk digitigrade.
- Also in Trial by Fire, is the harem in Raseir; led by the princess Zayishah. When the hero first meets Zayishah, he helps her escape from the city by giving her his change of clothing- including boots- which she puts on to disguise herself as him. In the game's end scene, she resumes wearing her harem outfit.
- Mayzun, Zayishah's personal assistant, is another barefooter. Though she is the most dressed of all the girls; having only her hands, feet, and eyes exposed.
- Nawar, another member of the harem, is seen again in Dragon Fire. She too wears her same harem clothing, bare feet and all. Though aside from visiting the thieves' guild in the end, if the hero is a thief, she never seems to leave the inn where she works.
- Janna, the innkeeper in Wages of War is another barefooter, who is never seen outside of her inn either.
- Katrina from Shadows of Darkness seems to remain barefoot at all times too, from the moment the hero meets her. Even after being resurrected from the dead in Dragon Fire, if the hero chooses to do so. She does have the abilities to fly and teleport in Dragon Fire though, so she probably wouldn't need to walk very often.
World of Warcraft, as of latest expansion, maintains remarkable parity of attitude towards shoes among its races. Alliance and Horde alike have:
- One race with hooves that preclude wearing shoes. Footwear is equippable for everyone though — it just doesn't show on their model except the ankle part (Draenei and Tauren);
- One race with non-traditional foot anatomy that seems to be similarly incompatible with displaying shoes (Worgen with their bestial paws, and Trolls on their bizarre two-toed feet with vestigial third toe on the heel);
- One race which, while generally wears shoes, is sufficiently in tune with nature to feel equally comfortable with or without them (Night Elves and Orcs). Thus they often forego proper shoes, sometimes even when wearing full battle armor, in favor of soleless ankleguards;
- One race which has a seemingly modern approach to clothing, in tune with their advanced technology, and may sometimes omit shoes out of their casual or informal work wear (Gnomes and Goblins);
- And two races which seem to firmly consider not wearing shoes an indignity (Humans, Dwarves, Blood Elves and Undead).
- The Pandaren race to be introduced in Mists of Pandaria so far seems to have unremovable painted on sandals, which is a bit jarring for a beastman race.
- The druid class has a particular predisposition to this. Druids start off barefoot, and while shoes are as important source of stats for every class as any other equippable item, druid specific armor has multiple examples of having shoes appear as ankle bracers. The armor made for monks also seems to gravitate towards this due to them being the martial arts class. Averted by shaman armor despite NPC shaman frequently going barefoot to be more in touch with the elements, specifically earth.
- An item was added into the game in patch 5.3 that allows making shoes invisible for everyone regardless of race and class. Obviously someone, somewhere, realized such a feature may be in demand. While it was slated for removal when the patch's storyline concluded, mass protest occurred to the point where the developers promised to reintroduce it at the earliest possible opportunity. Upon the release of the Legion expansion, the item was added to the transmogrification wardrobe, so that players who had previously acquired it could use it for their transmogs again.
- Of known lore figures, the night elf High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind and traitorous former Arch-Druid Fandral Staghelm are shown barefoot. Near the end of the Cataclysm expansion, this was averted: Tyrande received a model update changing her from a barefoot priestess in a gown to a Magical Girl Warrior lookalike in a Mini Dress Of Power and high heels.
- Evil empress Azshara, ruler of night elves ten thousand years ago, doesn't wear shoes either when the players pay her a visit in the past. Her justification is apparently a display of power and arrogance.
- Likewise, her minions the Nightborne elves from Legion expansion have numerous unique armor models for both genders. Not one of them has shoes... or much coverage of anything else, really.
- The civilian nightborne elves do mostly wear shoes, except for the children; who are barefoot.
- Thalyssra, the leader of the rebellion that opposes the nightborne antagonists, also remains barefoot- along with her ally Valtrois- even after being cured of their withered condition. Though her other ally, Oculeth, does start wearing shoes after being cured.
- Most of the Mutant, Demon and Manimal-type characters in Champions Online, either due to unusual foot anatomy or savage personalities.
- The most prominent example is FBI Agent Kodiak, who does not like people staring at his big hairy feet while never missing an opportunity to point out how big and hairy they are. Subverted with his Evil Twin in the Multifarian Mirror Universe, who has normal feet and wears shoes, but has a notably more bestial face instead.
- Some of escaped prisoners from the Westside Prison wear only socks. The plant mutant Ivy is barefoot.
- Many of the Mooks in Vibora Bay, mostly members of the Trey Kings (who dress in little more than leather straps), Sovereign Sons voodoo cultists and the more feral vampires of the New Shadows. Subverted with the Dogz, who wear shoes when not in full werewolf form.
- Lemurians, even the humanoid ones, wear instep guards rather than shoes, mostly due to living underwater. Females are often completely barefoot.
- Nearly all members of the Bigfoot tribes in Canada. Guess why.
- And many player characters, of course.
- Elika, from Prince of Persia (2008) is a barefooting, spicy princess with feet made of steel, running and jumping from burning deserts to rocky cliffs sans shoes, all the while fighting to stop an evil, pissed off god from breaking out of his prison, without even taking a minute's break.
- Kunoichi's alternate costumes in both Samurai Warriors and Warriors Orochi Z have her traverse practically barefoot, wearing only instep "guards" (i.e. toeless, heelless socks). In Warriors Orochi, Da Ji also runs around barefoot (well, bare pawed, since she's a fox demon).
The Elder Scrolls
- Beast races (Khajiit and Argonians) in Morrowind can't wear shoes or boots. Justified in that they are digitigrade and have differently shaped feet to humans, elves, and each other. Despite the justification, this would be dropped in all future ES games as it was unpopular.
- In Skyrim, despite being shown to create armor and clothing, very few Falmer are seen wearing anything on their feet. Possibly justified, as it is speculated that, due to their blindness, the Falmer use other means of detecting threats. This may include feeling vibrations in the ground with their feet.
- In Digimon World 3, Suzaku Leader doesn't wear shoes, which fits her oriental dancer outfit.
- Maylene from the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games. Perhaps because she's a Fighting-type specialist, she believes it's healthier for one to go barefoot. In Platinum, she remains barefoot even while walking to Snowpoint City!
- So do Bruno, Phoebe and Marshal of the Kanto, Hoenn and Unova Elite Four, respectively.
- Among the kinds of regular trainers you battle, the Psychics often go barefoot. Swimmers and Tubers do as well, but they don't count since they're in swimsuits. Also male Fighting-type trainers, wearing karate gis. And in X and Y, female Fighting-type trainers also go barefoot.
- N Harmonia from Pokémon Black and White is depicted barefoot in a flashback to his childhood, presumably due to his upbringing, but he averts this as an adult.
- This is a character customization option for the player avatar in Pokémon Go.
- Kaede Smith from Killer7. Her nickname as part of the Killer 7 is actually "Barefoot".
- Marky Dubois of Backyard Sports was like this originally.
- Hurthlings from Ancient Domains of Mystery do not like shoes and get a dexterity penalty for wearing them.
- Ilia from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The game's version of the Great Fairy as well, who also doesn't wear a shirt (but covers up with Godiva Hair).
- Same could be said for Midna in her true form.
Hyrule Warriors uses an updated version of the Great Fairy design from Ocarina of Time, but while in that game she wore boots, here she's, again, barefoot.
- Kieran in Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos is a Huline (a cat-human hybrid) and the only playable character who cannot equip footwear of any kind due to his unique leg structure.
Yakuza: When fighting in the underground Coliseum, Kazuma Kiryu eschews shoes.
- Tati from Rise of the Kasai always goes around barefoot.
- Jeff Woodie from Maniac Mansion, as a stereotypical Surfer Dude, is the only barefoot character. Justified in that he believed that he and his friends were going to the beach, not the Edisons' mansion.
- Abe no Yasutsugu, the Artificial Human onmyoji from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2, goes around barefoot, in a strange difference from Yasuaki in the first game, of whom Yasutsugu is an Expy.note Of course, Yasutsugu apparently doesn't wear pants either...
- Tewi Inaba, the Youkai earth rabbit. This emphasizes that, while she may look human, she is still very much a wild animal at heart.
- Cirno as well. She wears socks, but never shoes.
- Yasaka Kanako too, is either barefoot half the time, or in really loose straw sandals.
- Minoriko Aki doesn't seem to be wearing shoes, either. Oddly, her sister is.
- The main character of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Monkey, goes barefoot. Kinda helps him look even more like his namesake.
- Played with in Blaze Union. Mizer loves shoes, but he's made an oath to go barefoot until the poor are no longer oppressed.
- Chell, the player character in Portal, for some reason. Her Advanced Knee Replacement prosthetics (that prevent falling damage) don't seem to require it. This may be because at the start of the game, she was sleeping. Averted in the sequel, where she wears the Long Fall Boots instead.
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, three extremely attractive ladies go barefoot: Cosmos, The Cloud Of Darkness, and Ultimecia, plus one more (Yuna). Lots of people suspect the Dissidia designs were intended to target as many fetishes as possible, this is part of the reason why. Cosmos is a goddess, and as such isn't expected to wear shoes; Cloud of Darkness is a Hive Minded creature who happens to be the embodiment of the Void who's true form doesn't actually look like that; Yuna's lack of shoes comes from her source material (shoes get in the way when you do the Sending on the surface of a lake, apparently)... No clue about Ultimecia.
- Matoya from Final Fantasy Dimensions is a barefoot dancer that joins the Warriors of Darkness.
- In Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, the Maenad are seen barefoot and in robes.
- Nothing really compared to Final Fantasy X, where pretty much everyone went barefoot — the NPCs at least anyway. Seriously, 4 out of 5 random NPCs would be barefoot, with the vast majority being female. Out of the party, though, it's limited to Yuna (see above), Jecht (too manly for shoes), Yunalesca (dislikes more than just wearing shoes), and Kimahri (giant furred beastman). Justified by Spira's mostly tropical climate.
- In Final Fantasy XI, the Mithra are barefoot by default. Or technically, they wear insteps that leave their toes and heels bare.
League of Legends
- Zilean is not wearing shoes. However, given that he's floating...
- Janna, as well. Pretty much a non-issue since she can fly.
- The Hunter from Left 4 Dead 2 is completely barefoot at all times.
- Many Fire Emblem games have at least one character who doesn't wear shoes, though sometimes this is only apparent in their official art (and, as characters tend to be drawn multiple times by different people, it may change from art to art). This is especially common with the Dancer class, and to a lesser extent the Brigand class (probably to emphasize their wild nature). The Taguel in Fire Emblem Awakening are also this when in human form, though the race they're an expy of, the Laguz of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, did wear shoes while in human form.
- Corrin (Kamui in the Japanese version) , the customizable avatar of Fire Emblem Fates, is covered in ornate armor from head to ankle; however, their feet go completely uncovered.
- Azura, the Avatar's cousin in Fates, is also barefoot at all times. This is most likely to make it easier for her to dance, which she does at several important points in the game.
- The protagonist of The Suffering, Torque, takes off his shoes after entering his cell in the intro. When his cell door is opened, he leaves his shoes behind and spends the rest of the first game barefoot.
- Rick from the Splatterhouse series is barefoot whenever he dons the Terror Mask.
- While anywhere else she appears with footwear on, Lufia II only gives Erim some tapings to cover her legs and no shoes at all.
- Sveta from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is always barefoot. Interestingly, she can equip shoes, but will never actually wear them.
- Myosotis, the player character of a flash-based adventure game, The Trader of Stories: Bell's Heart, remains shoeless throughout the entire game and still prefers to walk that way even though she's heading to the peak of a cold and icy mountain. In the sequel, A Grain of Truth, not only is Myosotis still barefoot, but most of the people she meets are also barefoot.
- It's pretty hard to see because of their normal sprites, but female healers from the Disgaea series go barefoot.
- A massively high-powered move-increasing boot in recent late-game Disgaeas is "Barefoot X," humorously insinuating that shoes are holding your characters back by default.
AdventureQuest has two barefooters in its' arsenal. Aquella is one, given that she's a blend of Cute Monster Girl and a marine elf. Celestra the Huntress is another one, except she's actually human.
All Points Bulletin has Double B, the Mission Control during the tutorial for new Criminal players, who is barefoot despite her base of operations being an underground parking garage full of gangbangers who most likely aren't the tidiest people around.
- Princess Yorda of ICO, which also serves as this game's Damsel in Distress, is a pure example of this trope. Given that she looks like a phantom girl, but without actually being one...
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles:
- In the cutscene before you fight Alexia Ashford, you can briefly see that she put her shoes on the floor. You'll see them after the first three seconds of this video.
- More notably, Manuela from the same game.
- Dahlia Gillespie from Silent Hill and Claudia Wolf from Silent Hill 3, most likely for reasons of faith.
- Milla Basset from Freedom Planet is the the only cast member to be a Barefoot Cartoon Animal; her description in this art of her notes "she has a strong connection to the earth" alongside this fact, implying her to be an Earthy Barefoot Character. Considering this is from a cast full of Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals, this would also make her an inversion of The One Who Wears Shoes.
- Mingxia from Red Alert 3: Paradox, the commando unit of the Atomic Kingdom of China, usually runs on a killing spree with her feet bare... At least according to the available concept art.◊ Not to mention that she's the only character in the entire mod and, perhaps, the entire series to ditch shoes during the battle.
- Zathia, the female Fairy, is the only character in Blaze 'n Blade series to be barefoot. Even despite she floats about the ground most of the time, it's pretty hard to spot on her 3D model; however, one of the many loading screens of Eternal Quest shows her sitting on the road without having any shoes at all.
- Concept art from Trine 2 depicts Zoya, Isabel, and Rosabel as being barefoot. In-game, Isabel and Rosabel retain this status, while Zoya reuses her model from the original game and wears boots.
- The title character from Sega's arcade game Ninja Princess (released in the West as Sega Ninja) is barefoot in the kunoichi outfit she spends the vast majority of the game in. The small size of her sprite, combined with a flesh tone very similar to the dirt ground, makes it hard to tell in-game, but promotional art makes it more obvious.
- Maria Robotnik is barefoot in the few shots of Sonic Adventure 2 that her feet are visible. She gains blue shoes when the exact same scene is depicted in later games like Shadow the Hedgehog, however.
Sengoku 3 has Kurenai running around in toeless, knee-high socks◊.
- Jo from Ehrgeiz has her wearing in-step guards in all of her costumes. Partially, that has something to do with her fighting style, capoeira, and partially with the fact that she was raised by the wolves.
- Alma from First Encounter Assault Recon goes barefoot in her child form, and in her adult form.
- In Spore, there is no footwear option in any stage costume creator. This is because in the creature creator there are thirty-two different types of feet available, wildly different in form.
- However, it is possible to arrange clothing parts around the feet in a way to simulate footwear. The developers included examples of this in Galactic Adventure, in the form of Smelvin and Barbados.
- Robot feet can also be used to represent shoes.
- Many characters in the Sacred series, mainly The Inquisitor and the Dwarf in their default attire. In 2 (but not in Underworld) the jungle elves known as Dryads are often barefoot. Even their queen, Dyria, wears heelless, toeless footwear.
- Characters in Wii Fit are frequently depicted barefoot, as the Wii Balance Board is designed to be used without shoes (socks are okay, but the player's Mii omits them). This carries over to the trainers in-game, which in turn carries over to the Wii Fit Trainer that appears in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS; she fights barefoot as well.
- All female characters from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Maria Belmont, Claudia, Laura, Carmilla, and Baba Yaga) are barefoot.
- In Dota 2, the sorceress Lina, elven archer Windrunner, and the wolf-riding princess Mirana go mostly barefoot (with small straps around the arches of their feet), even though boots are a pretty standard item to have in-game. (As well as a bunch of other characters with non-humanoid legs.)
- The powerful, intelligent, sometimes naive and playful Queen Jennah◊ from Guild Wars 2, despite wearing a regal gown, goes barefoot.
- Boki, the player character from Copy Kitty, doesn't wear shoes. The color of her feet (which matches her hair) indicates what weapon she's got. Since Boki is a Cat Girl, she overlaps with Barefoot Cartoon Animal.
- Ruvik of The Evil Within walks around with no shoes on, his feet coated in grime as a result. That said, he's in a Mental World, so it doesn't matter much, but it does show that either that is his preference or he just doesn't care.
- Himiko Yamatai from the KEIO Flying Squadron series, appearing from 2 onwards. She's never seen wearing shoes, probably due to the fact that she's something of a shaman queen, like her historical counterpart. Also, the kunoichi girl from 1 that doesn't appear anywhere else but in the intro FMV.
- Ratchet of the original Ratchet & Clank, but only in the very first game. Even then, he can later be given shoes for special circumstances, such as magnetic boots or boots which enable him to grind down a rail.
- Vella from Broken Age spends almost all the adventure barefoot, with no apparent discomfort regardless of where she walks on (in Act 2 there's even broken glass on the floor of some locations). Although her tendency to cross her feet in her idle animation may not be random.
- A mobile rougelike RPG called Hadashi no Shojo (or just Girl barefoot) involves a girl named Ena who wants to strengthen her feet by walking through a dungeon. There are shoe items that you can pick up, but, while your stamina doesn't drain of while Ena wears shoes, they don't net her experience points.
- The eponymous character from Ittle Dew runs barefoot.
- Child Miis from Tomodachi Life never wear shoes, even when outside. Certain outfits also don't have shoes.
- In the spinoff Miitomo, footwear is independently customizable, so you can have your Mii always barefoot regardless of outfit.
The Witcher 3's Keira Metz is a cute, classical barefooting witch who is never seen anywhere near shoes. It's a little bit funny because she detests the dirtiness of the outdoors yet still goes barefoot everywhere.
Battleborn has Thorn, an elven ranger who only wears one boot. This is a trait shared by her race, as Aelfrin live in a heavily wooded environment and the boot helps give them better traction, when jumping from tree to tree; while the bare foot allows them to maintain contact with nature.
- Orendi is another barefooter on the team. Unlike Thorn, she has both feet bare.
Enter the Gungeon's Convict player character has chosen to remain in her shoeless prisoner uniform, as seen in the animated launch-trailer. Hard to tell in-game with such small, simple sprites, but she does give a barefoot pitter-patter sound when running on hard surfaces.
- Eve from Freedom Force is a Nature Hero whose feet- along with most of her body- are always bare.
- Quetzalcoatl also follows this trope in Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich.
- Coffinshaker, Pai, and some minor characters from Whats Shakin and Coffin Comics never wear shoes.
- Angora of The Meek goes barefoot. In the beginning she doesn't wear anything, making it more a case of Does Not Like Clothes, but as the story goes on she starts collecting clothing, but still no shoes (or shirt).
- Belkar Bitterleaf from The Order of the Stick. Being a halfling, this might as well be a racial ability for him. In his own words, he is "A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!"
Belkar: Pffft. Shoes are for suckers. All part of a big conspiracy on the part of the cobblers.
- Terinu himself (you try finding shoes for guys with three toes) and Ninetta are the worst offenders. Not to mention every Vulpine not in a spacesuit...
- Mab from Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures . Her official biography once stated that "Mab has a deep-seated dislike of wearing shoes."
- Antimony Carver from Gunnerkrigg Court (picture above) just prefers to get her feet dirty from time to time. Surprisingly, the dirt on her bare feet is actually depicted at times, versus most fiction where the barefoot character's feet remain sparkly clean.
- Morgana Honeydew of Flaky Pastry, being a halfling, doesn't wear shoes. She claims this is because she can't find any in her width.
- Most of the characters in Salt the Holly go barefoot even when shoes are available.
- Almost all of the female characters remain barefooted in 1977: The Comic. Many of the boys wind up that way, as well. Creator W. Byron Wilkins once stated on his blog that he "always had a thing for chicks who never wore shoes."
- The title character of Daisy Is Dead usually walks around barefoot.
- Meghan, the lead character of Arpeggio, has "got no use for shoes... and can get rather militant about that." After she's chastised by an administrator, Meghan's best friend asks, "Meg, do you even own shoes?" The response: "I think I saw a pair at the bottom of my closet last spring. Maybe."
- Hope from Alone in a Crowd embodies this trope. She explains her reasons in this comic. (She's also not averse to some occasional skinny◊ dipping...)
- The main character in Kelly Hamilton's comic Roza is barefoot most of the time. At one point she steals boots but loses them soon thereafter. Her curse of having self-igniting blood may help her survive barefoot in snow with no damage. As of the latest chapter, she has the boots back and looks to be keeping them on. According to the author, once Roza enters the big city she'll be wearing light pumps for good. The fans are displeased.
- The wights of Vanadys: Tales of a Fallen Goddess go barefoot, largely because they have big, clawed feet and shoes would be impractical.
- Ixnay, being a pixie, has never been seen to be wearing shoes. Considering that the only other pixie shown in the comic thus far, Sassoon, also goes barefoot it can probably be safely assumed that the whole pixie race doesn't see the need for shoes since they're normally either flying or resting on elevated surfaces (tables, etc). In the recent strips, however, she is seen wearing hiking boots.
- The rest of the cast does seem to display a preference for going barefoot when in a residential environment.
- Trigger in Far Out There, at least ever since he adopted his space hippy look.
- Kari Tyrell in Crimson Dark. Strangely, it is never brought up in dialogue, and almost no visual focus makes that clear. She just doesn't wear shoes when she's not in the cockpit.
- In Pet Projects, Notle the Witch usually goes barefoot when she is at home. She wear shoes or boots when she's outside, or at work though.
- Itchyknee-san of Samurai Princess does not wear shoes, but that is part of being a sumo wrestler. Jacquline however just does not like socks.
- Myari from Ears for Elves doesn't make a big deal of it, but has yet to be seen wearing shoes/boots/moccasins. This is apparently something she has done since childhood.
- Penelope Mortinez from Violet Zombie never wears closed-toe shoes and goes barefoot at any opportunity, especially when wearing her main outfit.
- Sette Frummagen from Unsounded remains barefoot from the first panel where she appears and on. No one really cares enough to bring it up. Word of God states that street children from Sette's hometown of Hanghorse go barefoot habitually, out of a combination of poverty, comfort, stealth, emulation of the sailors they see in the port, and because wearing shoes before winter is likely to get you beaten up by the other kids for "putting on airs". Even though Sette's Da makes plenty of money and is more than able to afford shoes for her, he doesn't want her growing up feeling superior. Plus, Sette just doesn't like wearing shoes at this point.
- Anak from Tower of God doesn't wear shoes. Probably because she is Lizard Folk and to emphasize how she is different, but her feet are quite like a human's.
- The title character in Selkie does not like to wear shoes (due to having very long webbed feet). She changes her mind after getting shoes custom-made to fit her.
- The Shadow Child aka Disbelief from Roommates goes around barefoot and he is certainly "down to earth" just don't read this as close to nature more like Flat-Earth Atheist... with the power to make the things he doesn't believe in disappear or worse.
- When questioned, Sierra of college webcomic Dumbing of Age figures she hasn't worn shoes since sixth grade. Neither does her Walkyverse counterpart, nicknamed Tootsi.
- Most of the cast of Camp Weedonwantcha walk around barefoot. Somewhat expected in that children tend to lose their shoes when they get outside.
- Katia Managan from Prequel is actually an aversion; she's not averse to boots, but can't afford any, so she spends half the comic barefoot (only getting some footwear when whatever outfit she's loaned comes with them). Rajirra in Kvatch, meanwhile, is a straighter example of the trope: it being summer in the south of Cyrodiil, she consciously chooses to go around town barefoot. Presumably, this helps with her acrobatics, as she's stated to be fairly adept at those. (Unfortunately for her, an earlier conversation between Katia and Aggy led to a layer of snow covering the ground...)
- The title character of Go Get a Roomie! is a Shameless Fanservice Girl who prefers not to wear anything, but even when she is otherwise fully clothed she still won't put anything on her feet.
Lillian: [points down at Roomie's bare feet] Aren't you forgetting something?
Roomie: I am, aren't I? [leaves and comes back a panel later, wearing a headband] NOW I'm ready!
- Teal from Delve is a Slime Girl who looks almost entirely like a human but with green skin and hair. While scant she does wear clothes to keep herself covered, but any outfit she chooses for herself never seems to include shoes.
- Sydney Brooks, the titular character of Sydney's Pokemon Adventure, is a happy-go-lucky and ever-barefoot tomboy who became a Pokemon trainer four years late at the age of fourteen. She never wears shoes because she's spent nearly all of her young life at home and never needed to. She used to wear just socks, but switched to bare feet when she got older because she's morphed into a tomboy who takes after her lazy brother. She happily embarked on her journey while remaining barefoot, because it's what she's used to and the most comfortable in. However, the author has plans to indoctrinate Sydney to shoes at some point.
Professor Oak: Were you always barefoot?
- From a young age, Luna has either worn open-toed sandals that she tends to kick off (and loses) with ease, or casually gone barefoot. Her love interest Ten is the same way.
- Dagger is a Stripperiffic mercenary who wears shin guards but no actual footwear of any kind.
- From PHD, Tajel is a Granola Girl who originally wore sandals, but somewhere along the line she apparently decided to forgo footwear entirely. It's never commented on, and the vast majority of the time everybody is only drawn from the waist up anyway.
- In an obvious display of Author Appeal, The Barefoot Sorority, a series of stories by southerncrossfire44, is built around this trope. The concept is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. The first story is here. southerncrossfire44 has also written two other series, also available at his DeviantArt site: another Slice of Life story called No Shoes Pizza, and a Spy Drama called Barefoot Agent.
- Gwenevere Singley's foppishly sociopathic shapeshifter Erroneous is always barefoot, even when he's engaged in espionage activities where shoes would help him blend better. He refuses to explain why, but it might be for the same reason he's not 100% comfortable wearing normal clothes even; he can do it, but if he's not required to wear something else, he prefers a slightly mangled chainmail robe under a long black coat. He's so anti-shoes that in a recent Christmas picture, he's actually transformed his feet into ice skate blades rather than just wearing a pair of skates.
- The Cinema Snob is often seen without shoes and just wearing socks. He doesn't always do this, but he figures 9/10 times his feet are out of sight anyway, and he even goes out to lampshade this a couple of times. In several of his reviews he's also been completely barefoot with no socks.
- Curly from Shiny Objects Videos rarely wore shoes in the earlier videos. Real Life Writes the Plot.
- The Nostalgia Critic wears battered sneakers when he goes outside, but when he's in his house he'll nearly always be barefoot.
- Alexandra Hutton of The Book of Stories OCT, being a famous bookwriter, as well as working for a major publishing company, doesn't want to give a damn about wearing shoes: unless it's not needed, she will most probably wear sandals.
- Officer Cop of Doom House is never seen wearing shoes and is even seen walking outside on bare feet.
- JesuOtaku is barefoot more often than not, both in character and out.
"I tend to walk around barefoot everywhere, even outside. Sometimes I'll even drive barefoot if I know I'm not going anywhere that requires shoes. Of course as Ed in the 4th year movie I was barefoot for a reason, but...yeah. Not often. When I do wear shoes: sandals and flipflops. Socks are rare with me. But my feet are clean! XD"
- Ashly Burch from Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? is almost always barefoot on camera.
- Vivian James, the 4chan-originated character, usually wears just socks, due to being a gamer who never leaves her house. Otherwise, she's in sneakers.
- Vesta from Beyond the Impossible always goes barefoot. It's even the first thing we learn about her when shes introduced:
Vesta is a very strange waitress: she never wears shoes. She's also immortal.
- Joanna Martin and Millie Smythe, two of Inspector Spacetime's associates. Joanna loathes shoes, and as they fall in love Millie follows her eventual wife's lead, although she once had All Women Love Shoes tendencies (and occasionally still does). They go on to form a team called the Barefoot Bounty Hunters.
- Ice King is constantly barefoot, since he's both a Cloudcuckoolander and An Ice Person who is comfortable in the cold.
- Susan Strong is always barefoot, to go with her Noble Savage theme.
- Flame Princess as well, though those might be too hot to post.
- Princess Bubblegum seems to vary between episodes. Sometimes she's shown as barefoot, although usually when indoors, and other times she is wearing shoes. Most of the time her long skirt completely hides her feet, however.
Archer: Cheryl takes her shoes off often. A lot of the time it's when something bad is happening to someone else (that's a fetish of hers), which could hint at a foot fetish.
Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Toph does not like wearing shoes or having her feet touched, presumably because as a blind Earthbender she "sees" through her feet.
- Earthbenders in general tend to be averse to footwear, beyond sole-less coverings for the top of their feet. All Earthbenders seem unperturbed by rough terrain and a large portion of their bending is based on stances and foot work to manipulate the earth.
- Two of Jericho Freeman's kids in The Boondocks. They appeared only in the episode "Invasion of the Katrinians" and are barefoot throughout it.
- Captain Caveman from Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, being both a Contemporary Caveman and a Reused Character Design of the Slag Brothers from Wacky Races.
- Fang from Dave the Barbarian is barefoot in her regular outfit.
- Fawn from Disney Fairies goes barefoot in her summer outfit as seen in "Great Fairy Rescue", the beginning of "Pixie Hollow Games", and several of the Pixie Previews. Vidia always wears shoes in the movies, but in the books she is a barefooter. A few fairies who have so far only been seen in the books are barefooters as well.
- Wooldoor Sockbat of Drawn Together never wears shoes, always going about in sock feet regardless of the situation.
- The Captain's Daughter from The Drinky Crow Show is another barefooter.
- Peter Griffin from Family Guy went through this as a phase, going as far as to refer to shoes as "foot prisons". Since it was a Cutaway Gag, though, it's unknown if it actually happened.
- Absolutely everyone in The Flintstones and its Spin Offs and adaptations.
- One comic book story actually centered around the invention of shoes, but they failed to catch on.
- Though the primetime special "Jogging Fever" did show that the people do wear jogging shoes.
- A Cartoon Network bumper featured Fred, along with Weasel, Huckleberry Hound, and Quick Draw attempting to get service at a gas station. The attendant refuses them service because of Fred's lack of shoes. Fred then requests to buy a pair of flip flops. But the attendant refuses, so Fred can't buy shoes, because he doesn't have shoes. After the group huddles up, they dress Quick Draw in Fred's shirt and get him to ask for service. He still refuses, because horse hooves don't count as shoes. And Quick Draw lacks pants.
- The Gargoyles from Gargoyles, due to having talons. Though at one point in the series, Demona has a spell cast upon her that makes her transform into a human during the daytime. From that point on, there are some occasions in which she wears human clothes with shoes. Other times, she continues wearing her usual gargoyle clothing, thus remaining barefoot.
- Possibly the strangest example has to be Magnolia from the 2007 George of the Jungle cartoon. She is the girly girl to Ursula's tomboy, so she is hard-wired to LOVE shopping and fashion of all kinds, especially shoes. Yet, being a Jungle Princess, she is never seen wearing them.
- Nearly all of the villains and few of the heroes in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) follow this trope.
Jana of the Jungle, another barefoot Jungle Princess. She also was shoe-less during her Super Friends episode.
- Beezy. Not immediatly noticable at first since he's not human, but everyone else, including his father, wears them, human or not.
- Also Heloise, which is part of the reason why her feet are never seen.
- Lua from Kong: The Animated Series. The Jungle Princess Shaman is never seen wearing shoes.
- Beingal from the Legend Of The Dragon series, is never seen wearing shoes. Though this could because when she embodies her Tiger Form, her feet grow bigger and the claws would probably damage any footwear. Xuan Chi is another example, clearly by choice.
- The natives on Mike, Lu & Og don't have access to shoes, until one episode where a crate of them washes up on shore and they go nuts for them. The shoes end up causing them problems, so they give them up. Mike, on the other hand, is a Tomboy and therefore doesn't like shoes (in the sense that All Women Love Shoes), but other than in the aforementioned episode, she is the only one who actually wears them.
- Most of the main cast of Sandokan The Tiger of Malaysia. Sandokan and Kammamuri start as an example of Barefoot Poverty and later simply retain the habit (more in the latter's case, however), while Tremal-Naik does it due to his indigenous ways.
- In The Simpsons, "Treehouse of Horror X". Lisa is always barefoot after becoming the superhero Clobber Girl, because the accident that turned her into Clobber Girl also knocked her boots off her feet. Blame Limited Wardrobe for why she didn't bother to just walk across the room and get them back.
- Miracle from Sit Down, Shut Up goes barefoot as one indicator of her Hippie Teacher/Granola Girl/New-Age Retro Hippie personality.
- Half of the cast of the Mondo TV rendition of Sandokan go barefoot, including Tremal-Naik, Kammamuri and sometimes even Sandokan himself.
- Nat Smurfling in The Smurfs wears brown footless pants.
South Park: Kyle's character in World of Warcraft.
Steven Universe includes Lapis Lazuli, who is perpetually barefoot- ostensibly by choice as all gems can freely manipulate their appearance, including clothes. Later episodes revealed Rose Quartz didn't wear shoes either- an interesting coincidence as both Rose and Lapis are also the only two gems to wear long dresses regularly.
The Batman's incarnation of The Joker tends to go barefoot. As does Poison Ivy.
- The Drifter, a Rascally Rabbit, seems a typical Barefoot Cartoon Animal, but a flashback reveals that he was The One Who Wears Shoes until a traumatic event caused him to abandon the trait, and acquire a more disheveled appearance, with tattered clothes and Messy Hair.
- Pumyra doesn't wear the spat-like coverings almost all other Cats wear.
- Athena, the green-skinned female elf from Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, is always barefoot.
- The title character of Canadian/French series Tupu is the "Wild Girl of Central Park". As such she generally wears a T-shirt and slacks but no shoes.
- The two Butler kids on the 70s cartoon Valley of the Dinosaurs are always barefoot, even though both of their parents wear shoes. All members of the primitive tribe the Butlers stay with are barefoot as well.
- Lazy Luke and the Slag Brothers from Wacky Races are permanently barefoot, to go with their hillbilly and caveman gimmicks. Luke gets extra points for steering his car with them.
- Similarly, Hanna-Barbera gave the evil side of the hillbilly spectrum some representation in Laff-A-Lympics, where Daisy Mayhem is seen going barefoot even in snowy climates.
- Most members of the Sadida class fall into this, though some do wear sandals. Probably linked to their Plant Person nature (they likely favor constant contact with the earth). Funnily, "Sadida" comes from reversing Adidas...
- Notably, Sadida Princess Amalia usually doesn't wear shoes (unless in a frigid region). She does wear sandals when dressed in her princess outfit, though immediately ditches them when she goes adventuring again.
- Sadlygrove seems to have become a barefooter after episode 25 of season 1. This happened after a reunion with his master Goultard, who also walks around with no footwear (or a shirt for that matter).
- Qilby first appears wearing sandals, but loses them when he merges with the Eliacube and reveals his true villainous nature.
- Wuya in her human form from Xiaolin Showdown.
- Aquaman and Aqualad often go barefoot when in costume. Even in sub-zero temperatures, (though considering how they can tolerate similar temperatures in the deep ocean, it may not be a problem). Though when Aqualad was in civves, he wore sandals. This is justified as Atlanteans seem to have webbed feet that are slightly larger than average to aid in swimming. Covering them would be impractical.
- In season 2, Beast Boy follows this pattern as well, since he's an animal shapeshifter with a primate as his main form.
- If the animated version is anything to go by, Bibi Blocksbergnote The title character of a German radio show. only ever seems to just wear socks. Averted in the live-action film, where not only does she wear shoes, but a slightly different outfit as well.
- Kim, the Pirate Girl from Flipper and Lopaka. In fact, all the island natives go barefoot and half-naked, but Kim is the only outsider not to wear shoes, strongly implying that it is by choice.
- Nisa from Mission Odyssey doesn't wear shoes because she likes being barefoot. However, in episode 17, she and the others visit an icy land, and when they enter a kingdom warmed by magic crystals, the sweltering floor is too hot for her bare feet to handle. She's then given a pair of fur-lined shoes when their ruler notes she has sensitive feet unlike them, who have adapted to the conditions. Unfortunately, the citizens are all huge in stature and the shoes fall off quite easily, so she goes snooping around in the hope of finding a pair more her petite size and stumbles upon something she wasn't meant to see, resulting in her being taken captive. Ironically, the one time she wears shoes, the rest of her friends are alerted to the fact she's in trouble when one of the shoes falls off again as she's carted off to a dungeon and they find it in the snow. She reverts back to being a barefooter after this adventure. A couple of other characters don't wear shoes among the crew, either, being inhuman species.
Real Life - Celebrities and Personalities
- Socrates may be the Ur-Example.
- Nicole Kidman, Cameron Diaz and Sean Astin have actually shown up to red carpet premieres in bare feet.
- At the premiere of the movie Charlie's Angels, Cameron Diaz went barefoot - less by choice and more by circumstance, as the strap of one of her shoes had broken right after she arrived. She didn't care about having to be barefoot, though, and even remarked to a reporter who asked her about it that she was "right where she wanted to be, barefoot".
- Kristen Stewart, as mentioned above, also likes to go barefoot at these fairly formal occasions.
- Julia Roberts is known for going barefoot a lot, even going so far as to get married that way (and it wasn't a beach wedding, either). She even asks the directors she works with if she can incorporate this tendency into her characters; judging by how frequently she is barefoot in her film roles, most of them don't seem to have a problem complying.
- Summer Glau also isn't very fond of shoes. She suffers from tendonitis and arthritis in her heels and toes, respectively, and wearing shoes is actually painful for her. She has said that boots, specifically cowboy boots, are more comfortable for her.
- Isadora Duncan and practitioners of modern dance in general. (Duncan was a big fan of "nature," and most non-heritage dances are best performed barefoot, with light or nonexistent clothing.)
- Bea Arthur would parade around in her house barefooted. If you look in some episodes of The Golden Girls you could also see her walking around the set without her boots. She was also prone to kicking her shoes off while driving, which caused a bit of an awkward situation once during her Maude days when she showed up at a club barefoot, having forgotten her sandals in the car. She went in anyway.
- Pamela Anderson is quite renowned due to many candid photos taken and published on the net for walking barefoot throughout town.
- Melissa Joan Hart is proabably an example too, judging by how many times she's been photographed barefoot, and that in these photos she looks natural and comfortable, like she's enjoying herself posing in her bare feet.
- According to some sources, Sophie Marceau is also fond of walking barefoot, especially on the old streets of Paris.
- Interior designer Genevieve Gorder is an unusual case; she went barefoot constantly on Trading Spaces, but she claims it was because the show had no wardrobe budget and she didn't want to ruin her shoes. It remains a trademark, however; the opening graphic of Dear Genevieve shows her reclining on a couch with her shoes visibly kicked off.
- And she did a commercial or two this way, too.
- Savannah Guthrie (from Today) apparently does reports barefoot.
- An interview with Elijah Wood reveals that The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson often appeared barefoot on the set, "like a real-life Hobbit."
- Albert Einstein, being the poster boy for Absentminded Professor, was a big fan of this, even going so far as to attend official functions barefoot. (And when he did wear shoes, he almost never accompanied them with socks. He did not like socks.)
- Cody Lundin of the show Dual Survival hasn't worn shoes in over 22 years. He will, however, wear sandals (usually improvised from available materials) if necessary, such as when walking on sharp volcanic rock and other hostile terrain. But he also went barefoot in knee deep swamp water filled with highly poisonous water moccasins (which his partner Dave repeatedly called him out on).
- Dave tends to call Cody out on his shoelessness in almost every episode.
- Cody went in with his feet covered only in environments where there was knee deep snow, and that was only wearing thick wool socks.
- Rob Bredl, the barefoot bushman. Even when catching crocodiles, according to Wikipedia.
- Sam Snead, famous for his laid-back, folksy image, often golfed barefoot.
- Wojciech Cejrowski - Polish traveller, journalist and writer (also known for his controversial conservative and ultra-Catholic socio-political views) usually doesn't wear shoes during his journeys, as it can be seen in his popular, award-winnig travel show called Barefoot Around the World.
- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, is often seen in working in flip-flops or bare feet. But seeing as how he's running the company and is one of the richest people in the world, it's not like he has any reason to care about a dress code.
- As implied by the nickname, Colton Harris-Moore, the "barefoot boy bandit", is an 18 year old boy who eluded Sheriffs and Officers in the Seattle area for over 2 years. He also had a tendency to hunt his own food and live in the forest—until he finally got caught. He is currently serving a sentence of 6 and a half years, and his life story is being sold, the profits to pay restitution to his victims.
- Unfortunately averted with one of the world's tallest men, a man from China. When the Olympic basketball committee came to see if he could be a good player, they found that he'd forced his growing feet into the only available shoes for so long that the bones were stunted, ruining his agility. He could have used some good flip-flops.
- Steve Jobs. He would often disgust people at business meetings and interviews by putting his dirty, bare feet up on the table.
- Keira Knightley has been caught by paparazzo barefooting more than just occasionally. She also tends to be barefoot more often than not for her glamour shots.
- Zia Luehrman, who's a graduate of Truman State University and a pretty skilled artist who was at a plenty of jobs, used to be one hell of a barefooter during her university years according to her classmate, as she says that "Zia NEVER wears shoes".
- Shaka Zulu is known to have strong disdain for footwear since he believed it hampered the mobility of the warrior and has trained his soldiers to march through terrain barefooted. There was even a story where he even discarded a pair of sandals made with valuable cowhide. Doubles as fridge brilliance since training his soldiers in barefoot have impis as being the most mobile soldiers in history.
- Michael Franti of Spearhead. He goes barefoot because he hates footwear.
- Model/Actor Travis Fimmel often goes barefoot in public, even for such occasions as auditions and interviews. Sometimes, the writers and/or directors of his roles work a reason for him to film without footwear into the script, if it doesn't already provide one.
- Australian zoologist and nature photographer Amy Wild is a hardcore barefooter, to put it lightly. No matter what sort of bush, or even mountain, she's traversing, she always prefers her "favorite footwear" - her impressively large, bare feet. It apparently all started with her dad, who's an even bigger barefooter than she is. She mimicked him as a child, and soon after ditched shoes entirely. Doubly impressive that they're both in Australia, the land of Everything Trying to Kill You.
- Bella Thorne has a tendency to shed her shoes at the first opportunity.
- Chloe Grace Moretz is an interesting example. Although she has worn a pretty large selection of shoes in her time as a celebrity, they are mostly strappy sandals without socks that barely conceal her feet at all. She is often barefoot indoors, and most significantly, has had many long sequences in many of her movies where she is completely barefoot.
- Former children's TV presenter and radio broadcaster Simeon Courtie seems to have some elements of this. On the TV show, "Get Wet", he nearly always wore sandals (not that that was suprising, giving the show's name and concept), and while going on a trip with his family as "the Beatnik Beatles", he also wore sandals. Also, while on another show, "You'll Never Believe It", the first episode's promo showed him going barefoot into a pool of "custard". While the episode was on, it showed that this was part of the "You'll Never Believe Sim", and he was showing about flies eating custard. He revealed the answer while showing his bare feet on the table, and then walking over, improvising what the fly would probably be thinking while he did this, and then sticking his feet into the custard.
- Gigi Hadid sometimes walks around barefoot, being seen in candid photographs outside with no shoes on. Getting her feet dirty in the process doesn't seem to bother her, either, as she appeared in a video for British Vogue not only barefoot, but with the bottoms of her feet thoroughly soiled from walking around the studio like that.
- Mariana Vega developed the habit of going barefoot in her apartment in Canada as she became a singer, and discovered it helped her feel the music rhythms and vibrations so much that she adopted the habit on stage. She became the Venezuelan equivalent of Shakira, and actually had the gumption to go on a talk show in her bare feet.
Real Life - Social
- There are a number of organizations dedicated to promoting a shoes-free lifestyle, including The Society for Barefoot Living and Parents for Barefoot Children. These groups claim that going barefoot not only provides many health benefits, but is also instrumental in creating a more peaceful, spiritually connected state of mind.
- Averted in Spanish culture, where it's considered rude to be barefoot, often even within one's own home.
- Due to Values Dissonance, Japanese people can appear this way when in reality it's a tradition that one does not wear shoes inside the house. As a result, some flooring materials used in homes and apartments can be easily damaged since they normally only need to stand up to slippers and socks.
- Japanese Tendai Buddhist monks are known to perform a grueling journey of ascetism and devotion called the Kaihôgyô — which takes seven years, and is basically one thousand days, ten blocks of a hundred, of running through the mountains; they start out with a distance of about one full marathon, and finish with a double marathon a day. If they fail, they are expected to kill themselves. Here's what makes it relevant to this trope: they do not wear special footwear for this, but rather simple straw sandals, and sometimes run barefoot. This has also resulted in some rather spectacular feet near the end of the undertaking.
- Muslims are often quite puzzled (and sometimes disgusted) when they see westerners wearing shoes inside their homes. Moreover, Muslims must take off their shoes to pray or to enter an area designated for prayer (e.g. the main prayer hall of a mosque); in these circumstances, socks may be worn, but as many Muslim countries are hot and sandals are common footwear, the common result is barefootedness.
- Russians and most other post-Soviets consider wearing shoes at home uncultured. The same thing occurs in Nordic countries, often to make sure not to track in mud and snow most times of the year. As a result, even guests are asked to take the shoes off. Some go for slippers, some go barefoot.
- Taking your shoes off whenever you enter your own or someone else's home is typically expected in Canada. As with the Nordic countries, Canada is typically a frozen wasteland or a muddy slushpit for much (and in some places, all) of the year, and having mud or snow tracked into the house is something few Canadians enjoy.
- In the UK, it's traditional for shoes to not be worn in the house. However, it's becoming more common these days to find families that don't care about shoes inside the house. When being invited into a home it's therefore considered good manners to ask whether you should take off your shoes rather assuming that you either should or shouldn't. It's also very common for people in office jobs to kick off their shoes and walk around barefoot. Companies have been cracking down on that in recent times over Health and Safety fears but it doesn't seem to be a tradition that's going to die out any time soon.
Real Life - Sports
- Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila famously ran and won the marathon in the Summer Olympics of 1960, running barefoot, because his team-issued shoes hurt his feet. Bikila was used to running barefoot, since that was how he typically trained. However, in 1964, he ran wearing shoes and won again.
- Women's distance runner Zola Budd ran most of her races barefoot, as she grew up in South Africa, accustomed to going unshod.
- Barefoot running has become a significant trend among non-competitive runners, largely due to being popularized by the famous trainer Ken Bob Saxton. Many barefoot runners believe that running without shoes can help prevent injuries and improve form.
- Rae Heim is a stunning example from the West. She took up long-distance running on a whim, started to run barefoot due to minor training injury temporarily preventing her from running in shoes, realized she's more comfortable this way and never stopped. She has since ran many races barefoot, including marathons. Shortly after finishing high school, and days after turning 18, she embarked on a 4,300 mile coast to coast cross-country run, averaging 20 miles a day mostly barefoot (although she wasn't doing it on principle and she did wear sandals or running shoes when road and weather proved too much to bear). Her run concluded in November 2012, making her the youngest cross-country runner.
- Isis and Jackrabbit, the so-called Barefoot Sisters, yo-yo hiked the Appalachian Trail (roughly 2000 miles) totally barefooted except in very snowy or icy conditions.
- A number of placekickers in American football have preferred to kick barefoot, citing that it gives them better control over the direction of the kick. Some notable ones who played in the National Football League are Tony Franklin, Rich Karlis, and Mike Lansford (Lansford performed his kickoffs with shoes, but his field goals barefooted) However, the practice is currently banned in many leagues, including almost all high school leagues. In the NFL, the practice is allowed, but generally considered obsolete, as there has not been a barefooted kicker in decades.
- Hayden Ballantyne, an Australian Rules Football player, immediately removes his football boots at the final siren when he plays and can be seen shaking opponent's hands, high-fiving fans and wandering the oval in his socks.
- Many martial arts of cultures the world over are practiced barefoot. The reasons vary; in Asia it is often tied to cultural customs about when and where footwear is worn. Likewise, many kinds of shoe can ruin the training mats covering the floor, or risk giving worse injuries to opponents than intended. The practice has certain advantages, as well; bare feet provide better balance and grip to the floor, and the practice toughens the skin so that if you are attacked while barefoot you can still fight effectively.
- Capoeira is an example, as some schools teach how to hold knives and blades using the toes.
- Sumō wrestlers go barefoot, as do gyōji for makushita division and lower (maegashira and jūryō gyōji wear white tabi, while san'yaku gyōji wear the same along with zōri).
- The Ugandan team in the 2012 Little League World Series received cleats like every other team. They practiced barefoot since that's what they were used to.
- India qualified for the 1950 FIFA World Cup - until they withdrew after FIFA rejected their request to be allowed to play barefoot.
Real Life - Other
- At any given point, about half the students at New College of Florida are not wearing shoes. This may hold true for some other college campuses as well.
- Reed College, a notorious college in Portland, Oregon, also has a large barefoot population. Because of this, an on-campus group (The Reed Kool Shit Kollective, an Affectionate Parody of Communism, Hippyism, and Reed's reputation) leaves makeshift cardboard shoes outside of the dining hall where shoes are required for students who forget. New student orientation specifically enumerates the places shoes are required (dining hall, gym weight room, and chemistry labs).
- This woman seems to have appeared barefoot in court, judging from the picture. Of course, maybe she was that way when arrested.
- Speaking of footwear in court, one attorney, Todd Glickfield, was warned by a judge in Indiana for not wearing his socks in court (he was wearing shoes, but you get the feeling he might've dispensed with those as well if that wasn't too obvious). The result was a hilarious memorandum sanctioning Glickfield about proper attire. Comes now the Court:
The Court: During a break in the proceedings the Court advised Attorney Glickfield that he was not appropriately dressed as required by Local Rule, and that the Court would insist upon him wearing socks should he choose present cases in the Blackford Circuit Court in the future. Attorney Glickfield advised the Court that "I hate socks" and that he's "had this conversation with other judges in other courts" and that the Judge of the Blackford Circuit Court could show him "orders or other legal authority" he would continue his habit of appearing sockless in court.
- It gets funnier from there...
- Averted at the Burning Man festival, despite the stereotype of barefoot hippies, to avoid chemical burns from the alkali desert where it takes place.
- Sierra Larson, who has her own blog about it. What makes her so special? She lives in Alberta, yet she still goes unshod almost everywhere. Even in winter. The only times she does wear anything on her feet is at work.
- As mentioned in the Images from Elementary entry in the Literature folder above, Kibbutzniks have this reputation, which is fairly justified—they often walk barefoot even when the pavement is scorching hot in the summer.
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