In both fiction and Real Life, prisoners, slaves, and other captives are often made to go without shoes. This can be done for practical, psychological, or fetish fuel reasons, or for all of the above. Note that the characters' captivity must somehow cause their shoeless state in order for this trope to apply. It does not apply to characters who normally went barefoot before being abducted, imprisoned or enslaved, and then simply continue to go barefoot afterwards. May overlap with Go-Go Enslavement or Barefoot Poverty. A sister trope to Shirtless Captives.
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- In Monstress Arcanic slaves of the Federation of Man are kept barefoot.
- In Borders of Infinity, the prisoners in Dagoola #3 are issued trousers and a tunic, but no shoes. The gang that attacks Miles on his arrival are thus all barefoot, but their lack of combat boots doesn't help Miles very much.
- When Ista surrenders herself to the Jokonans in Paladin of Souls, they remove her sandals to humiliate her: "You will walk barefoot and bareheaded into the presence of the August Mother, as befitting a lesser woman and a Quintarian heretic." As an aversion, they leave Ilvin his boots, driving home his inability to protect Ista.
- Typical for slaves in the Gor novels. "It is a high girl, and a rare girl, who is permitted sandals."
- Dragon Jousters: Serfs such as Vetch aren't even allowed the cheap straw sandals given to slaves. The dragon-boys go barefoot on duty as well, but that's practicality rather than this trope — sandals would just get lost in the sand wallows.
- In Elvenbane, the elven lords keep their human harem women barefoot. When one of the women asks why, she is told that it's done to make it harder for the women to run away.
- In Spartacus: Blood and Sand, all the slave characters are barefoot almost all the time, except for the gladiators when fighting in the arena.
- Historically, prisoners and slaves have often been kept barefoot, as described in the Other Wiki
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