I have been SAYING THIS FOR YEARS!
I seriously hate shoes. First of all, they never fit. If they fit in the store they are guaranteed not to fit on the street. Also, New York City eats up shoes and spits them out like cowboys and toothpicks. They’re expensive. They’re uncomfortable. They get ruined in the rain. They slide inconveniently and often painfully over snow.
Face it: Shoes suck. And if I had my way, I would walk barefoot all over the city, from the Upper East Side to Hells Kitchen and back. Bunions and diseases and dirty needles be damned
For further facts on feet, check out www.barefooters.org, a site that umm, tries to prove that standing in pee in the bathroom is a-okay, but also has the facts on driving barefoot (legal!) and the no shirt, no shoes, no service signs (bullshit!) you see in restaurants.
Funny, you don’t normally hear many warnings about feet in New York. I wish someone had held up a sign for me that time I decided to waltz down 137th and Broadway barefoot. My feet were fine, but the crackheads really perked up.