Going out on the town for a day of shopping is also a great opportunity to go barefoot. Be it just window shopping, going through the mall, or a department store, each opportunity provides contact with the outside world or cool textures of an indoor market.
Some stores will claim that shoes are required, and that it’s even a federal or state law. While it’s true that an individual store may have such a policy, a quick look will show that no state has such codes. In restaurants, it is more likely that bare hands, which are common, will cause more of a health risk than bare feet. While hands are generally used to work with utensils and handle food, a person’s feet simply contact the floor. As with cooking at home, some caution against dropping a knife or hot food on to bare skin should be taken, especially for young children.
Further indoor excursions such as touring a museum, going to the library, or to a movie are also easy opportunities for kids to stay barefoot. In some countries, it is common to see barefoot patrons in stores.