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->''"Shoes? No, I can certainly afford them; I go barefoot for comfort."''
-->-- '''Ryu''' (win quote), ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''

This character tries to avoid wearing shoes whenever possible. The reasons for this design or personality trait is greatly varied.

One reason can be to show that they are [[EarthyBarefootCharacter connected to the soil]] in some way. Extreme cases may have [[DishingOutDirt elemental]] or [[FertileFeet 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 NatureHero, BarbarianHero, NobleSavage, HotGypsyWoman, and JunglePrincess are often barefoot.

This is also sometimes a sign of youthful innocence, and many of the characters who demonstrate this trope are either children or childlike. It can also be [[BarefootLoon a sign of eccentricity or absentmindedness]]; {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s may go barefoot in public because they are either flouting societal conventions or are simply oblivious to them. Enlightened sages and [[EccentricMentor eccentric mentors]] [[BarefootSage may also be depicted this way]], for the reason that they know and see more than everyone else does, and are just too wise to care about said social conventions. The lack of footwear may also be [[MagicalBarefooter a consequence of some specific magical powers and abilities]].

Sometimes they simply can't afford shoes - see BarefootPoverty. If they grew up poor they may simply not feel the need even if their station in society has risen. It is also possible that the character grew up in a society where shoes are simply not a part of the normal dress attire.

Most Asian martial arts are practiced barefoot, whether in training or competition, and as a result martial artist characters are often {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed 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 and {{Badass}}ery.

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}}. Furries have a tendency to be unshod, leading to a society of {{Barefoot Cartoon Animal}}s, unless they're TheOneWhoWearsShoes. Or maybe their HandyFeet are just as much gripping appendages as their hands are. Characters with a non-humanoid body shape are exempt from this.

Quite definitely Truth in Television. In RealLife, many people go barefoot because they simply find it more comfortable than wearing shoes. This is backed up by an increasing amount of research, particularly on running, that not wearing shoes can dramatically reduce injury rates, while both barefooting and the use of minimalist shoes are steadily growing in various types of running.

In addition, walking barefoot allows a even greater benefit, earthing. [[labelnote: Explaination. For sources and credibility go to the Real Life - Science folder]]Earthing, also known as grounding, is based on research that demonstrate that connecting to Earth’s electrical energy promotes physical wellbeing. The act of Earthing refers to a physical connection between the electrical frequencies of the human body with that of Earth’s (barefoot in the grass, or at the beach). Just like the sun constantly provides the body with energy and vitamins, the earth too provides energy that contributes to optimum health.
Earthing can be achieved in a number of ways: standing, sitting, lying or walking with direct skin contact with the ground is the easiest but conducting and grounding products like bed sheets provide a convenient method of connecting with Earth when it’s otherwise impractical.[[/labelnote]]

And, intuitively, if your feet smell or feel less pained upon taking off your shoes, you have to figure your body is in need of a little barefoot time. It may be easier for some in a rural area, as urban sidewalks and roads are quite abrasive to bare feet. And that's not limited to humans: horseshoes exist for the same reason. It also varies by region; some countries are more barefoot-friendly than others (UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} and UsefulNotes/NewZealand, for instance). In some parts of the world, it's even common for children to attend school barefoot, and not just in poverty-stricken countries where shoes are rare. And in many parts of the world, it's considered unhygienic and impolite to wear outdoor shoes inside your own or someone else's home.

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 AuthorAppeal (both, if you're Creator/QuentinTarantino or Creator/JossWhedon), which may explain why [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished these characters' feet are very rarely visibly dirty or calloused]].

Contrast AllWomenLoveShoes



* Jean [=LeFoot=], "The Barefoot {{Pirate}}", from the 1960's and 2000's Cap'n Crunch commercials.
* Advertising/SegataSanshiro goes barefoot, in keeping with his appearance of a martial arts master who'll kick your ass if you don't play UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn. This is {{deconstructed|Trope}} 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".

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ed from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' loses all balance if she even puts on socks.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'':
** Maria has the same balance problem with socks and panties.
** Kiri is also a barefooter; panty-state is unknown, as is her dexterity -- she never goes outdoors, so she never needs or has a reason to wear shoes.
* ''Franchise/DeathNote'':
** L never wears shoes or socks indoors, but he's capable of wearing shoes outdoors.
** Near also has a strong distaste for shoes, but still wears socks. [[JustForPun Sole]] exception: in the manga, he's barefoot during the sequence in Roger Ruvie's office when he and Mello make their first appearance, but in the anime version of the scene he's wearing his trademark socks.
** In his earliest appearance, Mello is barefoot, ostensibly because he's imitating L, as a contender to be L's successor. In all later appearances, however, Mello has boots on.
** The trope also applies to Beyond Birthday from ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', though it's not stated whether it's because Beyond ''actually'' prefers to go barefoot, or because he too is imitating L.
** In the upcoming film ''Film/DeathNoteLightUpTheNewWorld'', the teaser poster indicates that BigBad Yuki Shien will continue the tradition.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Although she wears shoes in flashbacks, Nel now travels everywhere barefoot.
** The anime gives Rukia this trope for her evil phase in the third film, ''Fade to Black''. With that exception, she is an example of BarefootPoverty in flashbacks but otherwise has nothing to do with this trope.
* Shion from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' wears this strange outfit that shows not only her bare feet, but [[BareYourMidriff her bellybutton, too]].
* Momoko from ''Anime/SumomomoMomomo'' stays perpetually barefoot throughout most of the series, even during school and public outings, emphasizing her life-long martial artist training.
* Most underwater citizens from ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', including the two main characters, will go barefoot, unless trying to remain inconspicuous and wearing more conventional clothes of the "sky people" (land-faring humans).
* Kotomi from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' doffs her shoes frequently, most likely to remind us of her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} status.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Sōun Tendō and Genma Saotome are constantly shoeless, which is fitting enough considering they are almost always dressed in martial arts uniforms. Of the two, only Sōun has the sense to wear ''geta'' when going out to the street. Early manga and anime at least showed Genma (in panda form) wiping his feet with a washcloth before coming into the house again.
** The show's title character also tends to have a rather convenient disregard for footwear. Particularly, when [[GenderBender changing into a girl]], the male-size shoes no longer fit on her smaller female feet, so either she has to carry them around in her hand and wear special shoes or simply chucks them if she can't be bothered.
** Tatewaki Kunō is shoeless too whenever wearing his traditional kendo uniform -- that is, most of the time.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Medusa is a barefooter, except when she's in disguise. This has become such a central motif that her influence is signaled by discarded shoes at least once.
** As is Excalibur, who's much more the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} type than Medusa. Then again, he's also sort of a FunnyAnimal.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Inu-Yasha wears extremely old-fashioned clothing even for the feudal setting. He is always barefoot, which comes in useful when he's scratching himself... being half-dog-{{youkai}}, he scratches himself the way a dog does. Oddly enough, even when he's in the [[FishOutOfTemporalWater modern era]], no-one really seems to notice or care (execpt for one episode of ''Final Act'').
** After Rin escapes her BarefootPoverty status by joining Sesshoumaru's group, she still refrains from wearing shoes even after he provides her with an expensive kimono to wear.
** Kagura, the wind sorceress, wears extremely elaborate, expensive-looking kimonos yet is perpetually barefoot no matter the conditions.
** Koga, the wolf demon and his packmates. They bind their feet in cloth but wear no tabi or shoes.
* ''Manga/RGVeda'': Absolutely everyone in this series hates shoes so much, they'll happily traverse ''solid-frozen, snow-peaked'' mountains barefoot.
* Kaolla Su from ''Manga/LoveHina'', and her older sister, Amalla. Su only wears shoes if needed.
* Kyou from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' goes barefoot pretty much anytime he's not at school. He doesn't like ties either...
* ''Manga/FairyTail''
** Coco, King Faust's perpetually barefoot PerkyFemaleMinion [[spoiler:(until her HeelFaceTurn)]], until she starts wearing sandals, of course. This might simply be a means of differentiating her from the anime-only Earth!Coco.
** Mavis Vermilion, the Fairy Tail Guild founder, is also fond of being barefoot at all times. It only helps accent her adorable appearance. It's because she once worked for a cruel guildmaster who took away stuff from her all the time, and her only pair of shoes were one of these things. Mavis eventually grew used to being barefoot and decided she felt better this way than wearing shoes, and thus quit wearing shoes.
** [[spoiler:Acnologia]] goes around barefoot when in human form.
* Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ditches her shoes whenever she's inside, unless she's in class. When she's outside, she ditches her shoes whenever she has her ability to fly back, as it means her feet don't have to touch the ground.
* Futaba from ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'' always goes around barefoot. No-one [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight seems to notice that]].
* Miyu from ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'' wears shoes in her civilian cover, but always goes barefoot when she goes Shinma hunting.
* The townspeople in ''Anime/HareGuu'' rarely wear shoes. Weda wears sneakers when she goes hunting, but that's about it. Hare {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this when he points out to Guu that the school's shoe lockers never get any use.
* Tomoe, the LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}} from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss,'' always goes around barefooted when he's not posing as a human.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** A few characters, both male (Like Franky) and female (like Aisa, in the anime), go barefoot.
** Luffy tends to end up barefoot on certain occasions, often when fighting an arc villain; justified as he's usually wearing sandals, a kind of footwear that's easy to lose in intense fights.
* Ringo, the GenkiGirl CheerfulChild from ''Anime/CasshernSins'', will abandon her shoes and run around barefoot if she's exploring a beach, content to do so even on the nearby rocks. And then there's Nico, who's always barefoot.
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Shiro wears a bodysuit that covers part of her soles, but her bare toes and heels stick out of it. As a kid, she was always barefoot.
* Akari in ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' would casually roam around the flooded streets barefoot when she wanted to feel the comforting sensation of cold water lapping her feet and the cold cobblestone pavement underneath her soles. Likewise, if her galoshes filled up with water as she waded along, she'd take them off, stuff them in her minature gondola, and go barefoot to her heart's content.
* ''Manga/BinboGamiGa'' has Momiji and Ranmaru who follow variations of this trope. The former wears only her ''right'' shoe, leaving her left foot bare as part of her hobo appearance as a god of misfortune. Ranmaru on the other hand is squirmy, whiny and uncomfortable in anything but bare wooden getas, and often kicks them off - sometimes ''shoots'' them at her victim - and fights barefoot. Including ''[[MadeOfIron catching knives with her toes]]''.
* ''LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl'' has Erio Touwa, who not only looks and behaves herself like she came from another world, she actually ''thinks'' she's an [[HumanAliens alien]]. Therefore, it's safe to assume that she doesn't will to try such an invention of the humanity as shoes, not even after some of the illusions of her being an alien were broken.
* ''LightNovel/BibliothecaMysticaDeDantalian''[='=]s Flamberge wears a blend of stockings and leg warmers that cover her heels, but not the rest of her feet. Then there is Shoka no Shoujo, also known as The Bookshelf Girl, who apparently doesn't even know what footwear is.
* The main heroine of ''Anime/TicoOfTheSevenSeas'', Nanami Simpson almost never needs to wears any shoes as she's either aboard the Peperonchino or underwater. The only times she's seen in footwear is near the beginning of the series (in her dress), or when she's in arctic gear -- other than that, she's always barefoot in a T-shirt and shorts. Except when on the mainland, where she wears a pair of pink sandals, but once she's about to return to the seas, she takes them off immediately. Some of the other crew go shoe-free, too, but not as often as her.
* Sando from ''Manhwa/ShinAngyoOnshi'' is barefoot at all times.
* In ''Anime/TamakoMarket'', Choi is always barefoot, having grown up on a tropical island.
* Eiji "Crow" Nizuma of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' has shades of this; preferring loose-fitting shoes when entering Tokyo and hastily throwing on a pair of sandals to make trips to Shonen Jump/ Jack. 9 times out of 10, he much prefers to just wear socks.
* Pano Rodokin of ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' is always barefoot.
* Yui from ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' goes mostly barefoot. Also Asuna in her Titania form, in which she wears only a tiny strap around her feet.
* Both Yatsuha and Sara from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' go barefoot. Yatsuha is a spy and ninja who only does it when she's in her ninja uniform, while it's played straighter with Sara. As she's blind, she walks barefoot to aid her sense of touch.
* Daedelus from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''.
* Practically half the population in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. Of the three main characters, two are perpetually barefoot: Aladdin and Morgiana. The latter fell more along the lines of BarefootPoverty at first as a slave, but even after being freed she chooses to remain barefoot ([[FridgeBrilliance and given her freakish strength and penchant for footwork, any shoes she]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance would]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance wear would be immediately destroyed]]).
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', the five humans who can [[SpeaksFluentAnimal speak to animals]] all go around barefooted.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', when the heroes rescue Fraulein Kreutune from her imprisonment in the Windowless Building, she's wearing nothing but lingerie and a tattered dress. However, after she's been given a place to live and has the opportunity to acquire clothes, she remains barefoot.
* The eponymous ''Anime/EsperMami'', in episode 10, removed her shoes and socks in a forest meadow to enjoy the freedom and comfort of going barefoot outdoors, and remains in her bare feet for the rest of the episode, even when she briefly teleports to her house and later has to deal with a pair of thugs. Unfortunately, when it is time for her to go home with her father, she forgets where she discarded her footwear and neither she nor her dog Konpoko can find them in the tall brush. She remains without them on the car ride home, losing them for good. Mami's father teases her that she's still very much a child for losing her shoes while running around barefoot. She counters by reminding him he went on this trip to do a painting of the countryside but instead slept all day.
* The CuteMonsterGirl Pixie from ''Anime/MonsterRancher''.
* The eponymous ''Anime/FutureBoyConan'' goes barefoot, [[ExploitedTrope a useful habit as]] his toes are [[HandyFeet notably prehensile and share his tremendous strength]].
* ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' has Hestia in the light novel and manga versions. The anime version wore fancy sandals for a party and sometimes wears flip flops when outdoors, but tends to shed them.
* In ''Anime/ShowByRock'', Daru Dayu never wears shoes, even when she goes into a restaurant. Nobody comments on it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Justine Andersen's Eros Comics project ''Mara Celtic Shamaness'' lives and breathes this trope.
* Julie Winters of ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'', in both the original comic and the AnimatedAdaptation. 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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (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: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6877319/1/A_Cursed_Fruit one,]] [[http://penknife.livejournal.com/270942.html two]] and many others.
* Both Swift and Jack Hawksmoor of ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'' and ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' 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 ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', happily walks the ''streets of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}'' wearing nothing but a few anklets and toe rings on her feet. It makes sense, since [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} gypsies (in fiction at least)]] always seem to be barefoot -- especially {{hot gypsy wom|an}}en.
* Oracle and other Kandrakar inhabitants in ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' (some pictures even show Wee clinging to Oracle's bare foot). Orube is also barefoot when in her warrior outfit.
* Beast from the ComicBook/XMen 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 [[HandyFeet 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.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan is always barefoot, even though he has no toes, and thus looks like he's wearing flesh-colored tights. It emphasizes his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting amorphous]] nature. He's been known to stretch his toes for escape attempts.
* Many of the characters (female and male) in ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' go barefoot on a regular basis. This isn't culturally unusual in the romantically rural [[http://www.comicsreporter.com/images/uploads/loveandrocketsfemaleleadsfff_thumb.jpg "Palomar/BEM"]] saga, but can seem that way in the urban/SF settings of the "[[http://bolhafner.com/stevesreads/maggie02.gif Los Locas/Mechanics]]", "Runaway Rikki" and "Love & Rockets" storylines.
* ''ComicBook/IncredibleHulk''
** 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 ComicBook/SheHulk has sometimes gone barefoot and sometimes worn shoes, DependingOnTheArtist. 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 ''Franchise/FantasticFour'' 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 ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' 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 ''ComicBook/{{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 ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' 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.
* Tanga, an [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe 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 (ComicBook/XMan) usually goes without shoes as part of his naturalistic "shaman" nature.
* Danny from John Byrne's ''ComicBook/NextMen.'' Justified in the sense that shoes can't stand up to the force of his [[SuperSpeed running]], so he has to toughen up his feet to do so.
* Jenny Weaver of ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}'' goes barefoot whenever possible. This may have something to do with Creator/ScottMcCloud 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 Creator/IDWPublishing ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' comic are depicted barefoot. [[MythologyGag Somewhat fitting]], seeing as they were like this in the 1961 ''Film/{{Mothra}}'' film.
* The Séance from ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy'', 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 [[spoiler:God(dess) of Stories]] from ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' 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 ''ComicBook/{{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 [[BadassInANiceSuit suit]].
* Anything by Richard Sala is going to have ''at least'' one female character who is always barefoot for the sake of AuthorAppeal. ComicBook/{{Peculia}} is one example, although she did wear shoes originally.
* Master of Kung Fu: During the 70s, Shang-Chi went barefoot everywhere; called out on this by a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York ("Hey, kid! Why Don't you get some shoes?", he replied, "Why do you fear to touch the ground? Does the concrete not separaate you from it enough?"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The title character from the comic panel ''ComicStrip/{{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.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' parodies this trope on [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1998/08/16 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 [[BreakingTheFourthWall quips to the audience in dismay]].
* In ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', Phoebe goes barefoot more than the average (human) cartoon character, but not excessively often.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://m.fanfiction.net/s/3535828/1/ Petunia]]'' describes Angela from ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'' this way. Not surprising, since it focuses on her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} personality.
* Terra Caldwell from ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5330983/1/Convergent_Paths Convergent Paths]]'' (a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic) is almost always barefoot. She is a "Mother Earth" character who likes meditating. ''Lampshaded'' in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5330983/63/Convergent_Paths chapter 62]], where Daniel specially mentions her "strange aversion to shoes".
* Abelia from ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7975524/1/Pokemon-Rise-of-the-Young-Adventurers Pokemon: Rise of the Young Adventurers]]'', and Vanna Seabright from the same story arc. Not really surprising, given [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2241963/ the author]]'s personal preferences.
* Aki, [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka's daughter]] in the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'' and its sequel, ''Webcomic/AkiChansLife''. 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; [[Funny/AkiChansLife Aki was ''not'' happy about this]])
* In ''Fanfic/AgentLokiInternationalManOfMayhem'', 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".
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fancomic ''Webcomic/GhostsOfTheFuture'' introduces Silver's sister Venice, who is always seen barefoot. Granted, she's only ever seen in her home [[spoiler:or, later, a hospital bed]], where it's not atypical, but [[http://evanstanley.deviantart.com/art/GOTF-Venice-concept-90461047 her character sheet]] explicitly notes she "likes to go barefoot", implying it's more than that. In addition, [[spoiler:Nicole]] also goes barefoot, as per the character's original design, while Tikal and [[spoiler:Scourge]] lose the shoes from their original designs.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''[=/=]''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' {{Crossover}} fic ''Fanfic/ShadowsOfGiants'', 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 ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920512/1/Reaching-for-a-Dream 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Many Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} characters go barefoot.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Even after the first movie, Aladdin still wears that old clothing of his. By [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves the third movie]] however he starts wearing shoes with his old clothing.
** ''Disney/{{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.
** Esmeralda in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' wore shoes in Hugo's novel (though her outfit was "tinsel and rags,") but goes barefoot in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon version. In [[{{Sequelitis}} the sequel]], she gains a pair of shoes - presumably as she's now married to Phoebus, [[BarefootPoverty and can now afford a pair]].
** Kida in ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. Like Esmeralda, she ended up wearing shoes in the sequel. Also, WordOfGod 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 ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''. And yes, she too ended up wearing shoes in the sequel (and at the [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks theme parks]], along with the two mentioned above). Seem to be seeing a pattern here with Disney Sequel Barefooters?
** Aurora in ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', 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 ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', though only in the animated segments. Possibly a direct reference to Aurora.
** Once she gets feet, Ariel in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' 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 ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. Of the youthful innocence variety -- plus she's just never needed shoes due to never leaving her tower. Coincidentally, Rapunzel's voice actress, Music/MandyMoore, goes barefoot a lot in RealLife.
** Mowgli from ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** Lilo and Nani from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' normally don't wear shoes at home, likely due to the Hawaiian tradition of going barefoot.
** Mama Odie from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Justified, since she is blind and possibly needs them bare.
** Ralph from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' doesn't wear shoes, even when [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:he's disguised as a Hero's Duty Marine.]]
** Judging by the promotional material everyone in ''Moana'' will be barefoot. This is appropriate, of course, as the setting and characters are ancient Polynesian.
* Chel from ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo'' and its sequels.
* Jack Frost from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. At one point, elves try to give him a pair. With ''bells.'' They are quickly dismissed and [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain never spoken of again.]]
* The entire cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' -- at least until [[TheOneWhoWearsShoes Guy]] introduces them to shoes.
* Joy from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is a barefooter.
* Princess Teegra from ''WesternAnimation/FireAndIce''. Not like she's wearing much outside of a teensy FurBikini.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Na'vi in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' are perpetually barefoot. FridgeBrilliance 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 1955 movie ''Film/CourtJester''. This seems to be by choice, since she's always barefoot regardless of her outfit.
* In the 1939 film ''The Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', Huck says, "Shoes and I don't get along."
** Half-averted in the 1995 film ''Film/TomAndHuck''. 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."
* As a child and even after she has grown, ''Film/{{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, Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle. He tends to go barefoot in the jungle, but for a cross-country running montage, he pulls out a pair of Nikes. {{Parody}}? Shameless ProductPlacement? You decide.
* In many ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' adaptations (1964, 1990, 1996, etc.) Ophelia is barefoot in the mad scenes.
** In the Creator/DavidTennant version, Hamlet himself is barefoot a lot of the time, including while he is wearing a tuxedo.
* An unusual negative example is Spectre, a QuirkyTown in ''Film/BigFish''. The entire population goes barefoot, and visitors' shoes are stolen so they can't leave town.
* Agador/Spartacus, the houseboy in ''Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles'' (and its American remake ''Film/TheBirdcage''), 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 ''Film/SexDrive'', 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 [[DeepSouth rednecksploitation]] flick ''Film/GatorBait'', WildChild 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 ''Film/TheFlintstones''. (It's {{Lampshaded}} in the {{Prequel}}, ''Film/TheFlintstonesInVivaRockVegas''.) No-one wears pants, either. The men wear long shirts and the women wear either skirts or dresses. (Except when in [[FurBikini bathing suits]].)
* Some film versions of ''Literature/{{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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Rollin 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 ''Film/PulpFiction'' tends to take off her shoes whenever she can get away with it in the film. What do you expect when famed foot-lover Creator/QuentinTarantino is [[AuthorAppeal writer-director]]? %%Do not answer. This is a rhetorical question.%% Her feet are literally the audience's introduction to her character, as Vincent and Jules discuss how her husband (their boss) had Tony Rocky Horror thrown off a balcony for giving Mia a foot massage.
* Ava Gardner in ''The Barefoot Contessa'' could practically be the trope namer. Her character 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 [[spoiler:her husband murders her]], Humphrey Bogart's character removes her shoes to [[spoiler: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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KybtEWyl6lU 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 ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'' and has several scenes in ''Tamahine'' without any shoes as well.
* Lori Saunders in ''Mara of the Wilderness'', since she's a JunglePrincess.
* Rynn, the title character in ''The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane''. Interestingly, Creator/JodieFoster, the actress who played Rynn, did and still does have that same trait.
** Jodie is also barefoot for much of ''Film/{{Nell}}''. In some scenes Nell wears work boots.
** Foster spends a vast majority of ''Film/PanicRoom'' barefoot as well; she's wearing shoes for maybe the first 15 minutes and that's it.
* In the film ''Theatre/BellBookAndCandle'', 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 {{Beatnik}}s and bohemian types. When Gillian [[spoiler: loses her powers, she undergoes {{Chickification}} and begins to wear shoes indoors.]]
* The heroine of ''Film/ThatLadyInErmine'' is a ghost in a painting of her in an [[PrettyInMink ermine coat]] and bare feet (done for [[RuleOfSymbolism 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 ''Film/LetTheRightOneIn'' 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 ''Film/{{Hud}}'' fits. She claims to have worn shoes only once, at her wedding.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/IronMan3'': 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 Creator/GwynethPaltrow is several inches taller than Creator/RobertDowneyJr and the filmmakers will take what they can get to keep them in frame together)
* 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 Creator/MillaJovovich). This fact has been lampshaded in the movie at least once, brought up with the help of FeetFirstIntroduction, 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 ''Film/TheTempest2010''. Many modern productions of [[Theatre/TheTempest the play]] itself also have Miranda barefoot from beginning to end.
* In the BMovie (and ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E02ThePhantomPlanet episode]]) ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'', the female aliens go barefoot.
* The entire skater boy gang in ''Skaterdater'', which is [[TruthInTelevision appropriate]], given this movie was shot during TheSixties, 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 [[SilenceIsGolden 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 [[{{Hikikomori}} held at home]] by her mother (until she died) for full nineteen years not only made Leila [[NoSocialSkills 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.
** ''Barfuss''' ForeignRemake, an American film titled ''Film/{{Barefoot}}'', naturally features this. In this case, it's the ManicPixieDreamGirl Daisy, who insists shoes hurt her feet. This is the ''least'' of [[WomanChild her many crazy quirks]].
* Pocahontas from the 2005 film ''Film/TheNewWorld'' is depicted as a perpetual EarthyBarefootCharacter. 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 ''Film/DrinkingBuddies'' often doesn't wear shoes. Even in the factory that he works.
* Mystique in the ''Film/XMen'' movies, as she's always nude, she's always barefoot too. Extra [[{{Badass}} badassery points]] go to her for going to Stryker's compound at Alkali Lake nude and barefoot (a ''frozen'' lake and covered in snow).
* Juliette, Creator/BrigitteBardot's character in ''Film/AndGodCreatedWoman''. She even goes to work barefooted; her foster mother mentions that one of the customers complained about that.
* Kura, the IndianMaiden in ''Film/{{Utu}}'' (1983) is barefoot throughout the movie.
* In the 1997 movie ''Loved'', Hedda Amerson (played by Creator/RobinWright) 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 ''Film/{{Rush 2013}}'', James Hunt is seen barefoot even in places where most people would wear shoes, like a garage. Apparently, this is TruthInTelevision: 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 HotGypsyWoman from ''Film/CaptainKronosVampireHunter''.
* Nathan from ''Film/ExMachina'' 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 {{Fembot}}s.
* Michael Burry in ''Film/TheBigShort'' 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

* The titular character in the German franchise ''Franchise/{{Pumuckl}}'' is a mischievous but lovable [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent kobold]] who wears a yellow shirt and green trousers, but no shoes.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ciarra often went barefoot when she was younger. Her older brother Ward sometimes treated the resulting wounds, and eventually gave her a pair of men's boots - turns out she just didn't like the uncomfortable women's shoes her mother gave her.
* Autumn Rain, from the eponymous book series by Rachel Ann Nunes.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse
** Tahiri Veila, due to being raised by Sand People and liking the cool floors (in contrast to her native planet Tatooine's hot sands).
** Senator Gaeriel Captison was also fond of removing her shoes and going on barefoot walks in the park in her free time.
** [[PlanetOfHats One of the hats]] of the Togruta species (like the Jedi Shaak Ti) was that they wouldn't wear shoes for a spiritual connection to the land.
* Susanne from ''Miss Temptation'' by Creator/KurtVonnegut.
* Archie Monday, from the Mac Faraday series by Lauren Carr. When she '''has''' to wear shoes, they will probably be sandals.
* Lauren Kline from Marc Levy's ''If Only It Were True'' (it may be due to her ghost/angel nature). In one scene, she playfully strokes Artur's leg with her bare foot (since nobody else is able to see and sense her).
* On a single occasion, Bella Swan from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': before her first hunt, she kicks off her shoes and goes barefoot to the forest.
** The actress and the character seem to have a lot in common. Along with sharing her [[CharacterTic characteristic lip-biting]], Kristen Stewart also seems to have acquired a habit of walking barefoot, even at otherwise [[http://www.popsugar.com/Photos-Kristen-Stewart-Barefoot-Vanity-Fair-Oscars-Party-7670340 well-dressed]] [[http://www.twifans.com/profiles/blogs/newold-pic-of-kristen-at occasions]].
** James, Victoria, and Laurent prefer going barefoot so they can run at maximum SuperSpeed without destroying them.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/{{Waldo}}'', Waldo doesn't like shoes because he has lived his entire life being unable to walk[[spoiler:, so when he finally is able to do so, he avoids them as they make his feet feel dead. He only makes himself wear them when he has to.]]
* Honora Menapace, from ''Literature/SkinDeep'' by E. M. Crane.
* Princess Eilonwy from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' apparently enjoys walking barefoot; her "unshod feet" are specially mentioned by Dallben in ''The Castle of Llyr''. When she has to wear shoes, like in ''The Book of Three'', she only wears light sandals. (Probably related to her extreme informality in general; though a princess, she tends to dress in plain tunics or hard-wearing boys' clothes and is happier in a scullery than a royal court.) This trait was going to be implemented into the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon adaptation of the books, ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' ([[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RZNVE8s43_U/TtHcAG_loXI/AAAAAAAABTg/XJf5HAf4JNs/s1600/APB-3.jpg pre-production]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4QyUzYvZUZI/T3ycsWpKp0I/AAAAAAAAfX0/y9Dginlz9z0/s1600/black_cauldron_artwork_00b.jpg artwork]]), though she wears shoes in the final version.
** Princess Diahan from Lloyd Alexander's earlier novel ''Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and Gareth'', who was an obvious precursor to Eilonwy (evident in both her appearance and personality), is also described as wearing sandals.
* Many characters from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' are related to this trope. This includes Coriakin, Ramandu, possibly his daughter, Lucy and some others. Similarly, stars and nymphs are always barefoot.
-->"Edmund and Lucy wanted to ''[...]'' do their exploring with bare feet''[...]''"
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium
** Hobbits don't need shoes because they have unusually tough and leathery soles and fur on top of their feet.
** Idril of the Silver Feet in Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheBookOfLostTales'' runs around [[HiddenElfVillage Gondolin]] barefoot, except during major festivals. It is not mentioned whether she puts on shoes when she puts on armor.
* From the works of Creator/RudyardKipling:
** ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' has Mowgli, who is at one point taken into a civilized home. Messua (who thinks Mowgli is her long-lost son) asks him if he remembers the shoes she once gave him, but then concedes that his feet are too tough to have ever been shod. Whether he actually wears shoes in the village is open to interpretation, but the usual reading is that he doesn't.
** In ''Literature/{{Kim}}'', the title character goes barefoot whenever possible.
* Literature/TomSawyer and Literature/HuckleberryFinn. Those kids (particularly Huck) are barefoot whenever possible even if it is against the rules. It was actually common in America in the 1800s for kids (mostly boys but sometimes even girls) to go barefoot most of the summer, but there were still rules about when it was and wasn't appropriate. Huck broke 'em all.
* Farid from ''Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy'' grew up in the Middle Eastern desert prior to ''Inkheart'' (being a character from ''The Arabian Nights'') and isn't used to wearing shoes. Dustfinger buys him a pair, but he's almost constantly taking them off in favor of going barefoot.
* Flute/Aphrael/Danae in Creator/DavidEddings's [[Literature/TheElenium Elenium and Tamuli]] cycles. The cleaniness of them (minus the green-grass stains that seem to be ''important'' in some way to her as noted by Sparhawk) is justified as she's the [[PhysicalGod Child Goddess]] of the Styrics.
* Arya Stark of Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' prefers to go barefoot unless decorum dictates otherwise. Later in the series, while undergoing assassin training with her StealthMentor ([[spoiler:[[EpilepticTrees who may well be her actual mentor under an assumed identity]]]]), she's explicitly told to consider going barefoot because you can be stealthier that way.
** Septon Meribald, who walks from town to town ministering to the smallfolk, goes barefoot [[TheAtoner in penance]] for his past as a DirtyOldMonk.
* In ''Literature/{{Deerskin}}'', Creator/RobinMcKinley's adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale "Donkeyskin", protagonist Lissar refuses to wear shoes even when visiting royalty. "I like to know where I'm walking," she says at one point. "In shoes, I'm always walking on shoes."
* Sam Vimes in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books is a variation. He dislikes wearing ''good'' shoes, for much the same reason Lissar in the example above does -- he can navigate around Ankh-Morpork in any weather by the feel of the cobblestones, but naturally he can only do that wearing boots with the soles mostly worn through (or very thin to begin with).
* In Creator/JaneLindskold's ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'', WildChild Firekeeper grows up barefoot, and prefers to stay that way.
* In Creator/AnneRice's ''Merrick'', there are (quite) a few mentions of the title character's aversion to shoes both as a child and grown up.
* In ''Literature/DrNo'', Honeychile Rider is depicted as a perpetual barefooter and special attention is paid to her toes gripping carpet for the first time.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfFoxTayle'': Fox Tayle does not wear shoes because his feet are too large.
* In ''Literature/TheGuardians'' by Meljean Brook, Michael's signature style is to go barefoot, no matter what the rest of his outfit may be. It's later explained that his senses have grown so acute he can feel the vibrations in the ground and know where everyone is. His aversion to shoes is so strong that, [[spoiler: when he possesses Taylor, he vanishes her shoes for the same reason. She gets to the point where she doesn't even notice after he leaves.]]
* [[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna, the Unicorn Girl]], has hoof-like feet and finds human shoes uncomfortable (and unnecessary).
* Creator/TanithLee's ''Literature/TalesFromTheFlatEarth'':
** Zhirem, from ''Death's Master'', grew up barefoot; and after he has grown up into the powerful (and pretty evil) sorcerer Zhirek, he dresses in rich vestments, but still goes barefoot, as he is used to it. Later on, after he had become the philosopher Dathanja, a kind-hearted princess gave him shoes, "which he even wore sometimes".
** Azhriaz, Night's Daughter, usually wanders barefoot as she scorns human convention and is completely indestructible so isn't inconvenienced by stepping on anything sharp.
* Denise the camp counselor in ''Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great''. One day Sheila discovers the reason Denise doesn't wear shoes is because the bottoms of her feet are "covered in warts".
* In the ''Cross-Time Engineer'' series, Conrad meets a traveling monk who doesn't wear shoes. He assumes there's something wrong with the man's feet, because they're so leathery and coarse, but in fact they're perfectly normal for someone who's walked hundreds of miles, and disdains shoes as a needless luxury.
* Mr. Jenkins from the ''Literature/BaileySchoolKids'' series avoided wearing shoes until his cabin was filled with wolfsbane.
* Molly Grue from ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' goes barefoot, apparently by choice; on the other hand, it is mentioned that her feet were "covered in blisters".
** She goes barefoot in the AnimatedAdaptation [[WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn as well]].
* In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''The Changeling'', Ivy is usually barefoot and (reasonably enough for a tree-climbing dancer) she always tucks her skirt into the legs of her underpants. Martha is used to seeing her this way when they are not in school. [[http://www.dreamshore.net/images/raible/newmagic.jpg One of Alton Raible's illustrations]] shows that Martha likewise takes off her shoes in the grove where they play.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: Harry Wong is revealed to be this as early as the book ''Hide and Seek''. He can dig trenches in the ground with those feet. He will wear sandals and will only put on shoes if he really has to.
* Referred to in Oriana's backstory in the second ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' book, "The World Beneath". Oriana tells Arthur that she adapted to wearing shoes, but that she really didn't like them at first because they seperated her feet from the feeling of the grass.
* Dragon boys (the youths who tend fighting dragons) in the ''Literature/DragonJousters'' series normally go barefoot for practicality. Sandals would just get lost in the dragons' sand pits. But since the series is set in an Egypt-{{Expy}}, being barefoot doesn't really stand out.
* Creator/OHenry's ''Cabbages and Kings'' has one chapter where a shoe merchant tries to do business in a BananaRepublic town where no one likes shoes. The solution was some prickly burrs he had to mail-order from back in the USA.
* ''Literature/TunnelInTheSky'' has Caroline, who departs for the off-world survival test barefoot and with a duffel bag of gear. She ditches the bag and [[{{Hammerspace}} somehow keeps all her gear for a month]].
* In one of the Literature/DoctorDolittle books, the doctor is visited by Prince Bumpo, who is in England to study at Oxford. Bumpo says that he enjoys England immensely, except for the algebra he must learn and the shoes he must wear, which hurt his head and feet respectively. He cheerfully says that now that he's on break from his studies, he's forgotten the algebra and thrown the shoes over a wall, so all is well.
* In ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' the Childlike Empress is described as being barefooted, even as she is walking over ice-encrusted snow.
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. The protagonists constantly end up barefoot because shoes and loose clothing can't be morphed with their body, but find the result more painful and embarrassing than fun.
* Jenny Tan in ''The Eleventh Plague'' is a barefoot rebel from the beginning till the end of the whole book: in the classroom, in wastelands, on snow - you name it. She will never wear even a pair of shoes no matter what.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', Clary Fray, Isabelle Lightwood and Jace Wayland usually go barefoot indoors.
* ''Literature/{{Room}}'': Five year old Jack hates shoes after going barefoot all his life in the room where he and his mother were kept captive.
* Literature/ModestyBlaise grew up in BarefootPoverty, and still often goes barefoot on country walks because having tough feet helps with her [[KickChick fighting style]].
* In the Israeli short story ''Images from Elementary''[[note]]‘Elementary’ here means ‘1st through 8th grades’[[/note]], which takes place in the early years of Israel, the protagonist, a Jewish immigrant from Syria, protests his teacher saying (with some racist undertones) that Egyptian farmers are [[BarefootPoverty so poor they can’t afford shoes]], explaining that while they are in fact poor, this trope is the real reason they don’t wear shoes. He continues and argues that (predominantly [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi Ashkenazi]]) ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibbutz kibbutzniks]]'' don’t usually wear shoes either, and asks his teacher if it means they’re poor too. The teacher, faced with the intense fervour he argued with, backs down and tells the protagonist, ‘You win. You win!’
* In ''Literature/TheSlowRegardOfSilentThings'' Auri spends the entire novel barefoot.
* Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem [[http://www.bartleby.com/122/7.html "God's Grandeur"]] briefly expresses a disdain for shoes with the line "The soil is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod."
* In ''Literature/BorderKS'', Antigone Richards voluntarily wearing sensible shoes in the summer without trying to sneak out barefoot is enough to clue her father in that she and her sister are planning something. Additionally all the children in the family leave their shoes at the door at home.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* River Tam in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', to the point that Creator/JossWhedon said in the ''Serenity'' DVDCommentary that River's feet are the 11th character on the show. And Creator/AdamBaldwin calls her on it also.
-->"Did you ''ever'' have shoes on in this?"
:: For the record, she does--heavy motorcycle boots that contrast with her delicate dresses. Creator/SummerGlau even mentions this.
* Adam from ''Series/NorthernExposure''. He actually seems to have a compulsion ''not'' to wear them.
* Bit of a running gag in Dane Cook's routine.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'':
** In "The Bellero Shield", Mrs. Dame goes barefoot throughout the story.
** As do the aliens in "O.B.I.T.", "The Children of Spider County", "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S1E27FunAndGames Fun and Games]]" and "The Chameleon".
* In ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', Sikowitz is almost always barefoot.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has Kali, TheDragon for the first half of season 3, a female alpha werewolf who ''never'' wears shoes. The camera focuses on her feet at least once every time she appears, and her particularly long toenails are often pointed out.
* In both ''Series/TheRealWorld'' and ''Series/BigBrother'', the housemates go barefoot for a majority of the time. This probably isn't surprising given that people in general tend to go barefoot in their homes.
* ''Series/OceanGirl'' 's Neri, Mera and Kal all went barefoot. The first few times Neri went to ORCA, the others made her wear shoes, which she hated. By the fourth season she was barefoot even when horse riding; Jason handwaved it at one point.
* In ''Shaka Zulu'' young Shaka demonstates his lack of need for army sandals by grinding out a flaming stick with his foot while sneering contemptuously. When he's put in charge of training an army, he makes them go barefoot too.
* Kwai Chang Caine from ''Series/KungFu''. One of the only times in the series that he wears footwear was to attend a wedding.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Brad Wilczek who created a sentient AI computer operating system from "Ghost in the Machine". He even made Mulder and Scully take off their shoes while they were in his residence.
-->'''Wilczek''': [in federal prison sitting barefoot on a bed] They make me wear shoes all the time. What else do you want from me?
* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'': Jane is often barefoot while at home, or investigating something in the hotel, or during one of her dream sequences.
* Joe Hart from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' does not feel comfortable with shoes and goes barefoot all the time. He justifies it by saying it's because of his religion, and that Jesus didn't use shoes, but going barefoot to school ''has'' got to be against some kind of regulation!
* Two episodes of ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}'' ("The Man Who Believed" and "Once More for Joey") feature barefoot hippie musicians who wind up becoming [[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of the Week]].
* ''Series/DualSurvival'' has Cody, who hasn't worn shoes, socks or long pants for the last 22 years. Throughout the series, he is barefoot, unless he's in a situation where being so would be monumentally stupid; in snowy environments, he wears thermal socks, and in one episode he fashioned some crude sandals to walk over volcanic rocks without ripping his feet to shreds.
* On ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', Barbara Kean, the shows resident MsFanservice, is almost always barefoot at home (as well as having [[ShesGotLegs her legs on display as well]]). Even the first episode of Season 2 has her barefoot in Arkham Asylum; one of the inmates even paints her nails. Her actress, Erin Richards, may even be the same as [[http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/videos/a33820/erin-richards-video/ she openly admits she likes having her feet tended to]]
* In the British series ''Love, Nina'', the title character walks around north UsefulNotes/{{London}} in the 1980s perpetually barefoot, only putting on a pair of gym shoes for a job interview; the reason for her aversion to shoes is never explained.

* Many performers like to [[SublimeRhyme eschew shoes]] while performing on stage, often to feel more relaxed or to alleviate stage fright. Music/KellyClarkson, Music/LennyKravitz, Music/LindaRonstadt, Music/EricBenet, Music/TristanPrettyman, Music/DeltaGoodrem, Music/AmyGrant, Lauren Harris, Music/CharlotteChurch, Katharine [=McPhee=], Music/JoanBaez, Music/ToveLo, Dia Frampton of Music/MegAndDia, Music/TheWhiteStripes drummer Meg White, Music/{{Evanescence}} singer Amy Lee, and Music/PorcupineTree FaceOfTheBand Steven Wilson have all regularly or semi-regularly performed barefoot at some point in their careers.
* British singer and winner of {{Eurovision Song Contest}} 1968, Music/SandieShaw tended to go barefoot both on stage and off. Her detractors thought this was a marketing gimmick, but Sandie claimed she did it because she was afraid of tripping over wires.
** The winners of the 2012 and 2013 Eurovision contests, Swedish Loreen and Danish Emmelie De Forrest respectively, also performed barefoot when they won. The latter had claimed singing barefoot was her style as it made her feel closer to nature and more relaxed.
* UsefulNotes/{{Cape Verde}}an singer Music/CesariaEvora was called "the barefoot diva" and recorded a studio album by the same name. This is because she sung in small, local taverns, often appearing barefoot on stage, where there was a stage, until the age of 47 when her international career started. She was quite a literal case of this trope, as she said openly she avoided wearing shoes in everyday life wherever possible.
-->[[http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/09.16.99/cesaria-9937.html "In Cape Verde, where I lived, I was always barefooted. I walked down the street barefoot. I walked in the house barefoot. Ever since then, and now that I travel around the world, I stay mostly barefoot, though I wear little slippers sometimes so that my feet don't freeze in cold places."]]
* Music/DeanaCarter prefers not to wear shoes at all -- when filming on a Puerto Rican beach for one music video they had to first make sure there were no needles left lying in the sand and she's seen walking the streets barefoot in the same video (and stopping to remove something sharp). For concerts, she always brings a small rug with her to stand on while on stage.
* Music/JossStone is almost always barefoot on stage and on various outings. She has said that she doesn't wear shoes on stage because she is afraid of slipping and falling.
* Music/MandyMoore claims that she usually performs barefoot due to her large feet (she's a size 10) because she has difficulty finding shoes that feel comfortable to perform on stage in.
* Music/AndreaCorr, the story goes, decided to remove her shoes for a performance in 2001, and liked it much so much that she's done almost all her stage shows barefoot ever since.
* Michael Franti hasn't worn shoes at all since 2000, although he does wear flip-flops where shoes are required, such as restaurants and on airplanes. He says he's not trying to make a political statement, he just doesn't like shoes.
* Music/NeilDiamond's "Two Bit Manchild" contains the line "Ain't got no eye for a tight pair of shoes when my bare feet'll do."
* k.d. lang is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NpxTWbovE noticeably shoeless]] while singing Hallelujah at the 2005 Juno Awards.
* Music/PaulMcCartney of Music/TheBeatles doesn't wear shoes if he can help it -- he appeared barefoot on [[AbbeyRoadCrossing the famous cover]] of ''Music/AbbeyRoad'' and mentions bare feet in "Good Day Sunshine" from ''Music/{{Revolver}}''.
* Jack Sonni was known for playing barefoot when he was with Dire Straits in the mid-1980's, most notable in the Walk Of Life video.
* Music/{{Shakira}} almost always performs barefoot, and even called one of her albums ''Pies Descalzos'' (Spanish for "bare feet"). In her biography, ''Woman Full of Grace'', she indicates that being barefoot makes her feel like she has removed the facades from her personality and allowed her true self to shine through.
* Dave Mackintosh of Music/DragonForce sometimes performs barefoot.
* Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner traditionally performs barefoot, much so that she'll kick her shoes off when doing impromptu performances. Her backup musicians also perform barefoot to fit her motif.
* Music/HenryRollins almost never performs with shoes on... in fact, he rarely performs with anything but shorts on. Paul Reiser called attention to this during an award show, thanking Rollins for not tracking mud on the floor.
* It's not unusual to see a drummer perform in socks or bare feet, to better control the bass pedal; ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' even suggests this for using the drumset if players are having trouble.
** Rick Allen of Def Leppard has to be the poster-child for the barefoot drummer.
* Edward Ka-Spel, lead singer of the Legendary Pink Dots, doesn't seem to enjoy wearing shoes onstage.
* There are some opera singers who like performing barefoot even if it doesn't necessarily fit the role or the director's concept. It may or may not be acting, but Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia [=McNair=], Karita Mattila, and particularly Agnes Baltsa all seem to enjoy performing roles barefoot.
* Music/TaylorSwift goes barefoot pretty often.
* During his Music/BlackSabbath days Music/OzzyOsbourne was said to go barefoot since he lived poor as a child.
* Music/JoshGroban goes barefoot frequently but doesn't perform in bare feet.
* Deborah Gibson has performed barefoot since the early 2000s.
* Louise Post of Music/VerucaSalt, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPsQcB52V18 this performance.]]
* Music/JimmyBuffett often performs barefoot as part of his beach bum persona.
* Music/TimMinchin seldom wears shoes during his performances; he says he feels he is not a natural performer, and avoids wearing shoes to make himself more comfortable on-stage... so he can forget that he's actually on-stage.
* [[Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine Florence Welch]] is known to perform barefoot often.
* Music/SherylCrow is another frequent barefooter.
* German singer Danja Atari has very few public photos where she ''isn't'' barefoot.
* Raquel del Rosario of the Spanish band El Sueño de Morfeo often performs barefoot or wearing barefoot sandals.
* Music/{{Vocaloid}} Oliver [[BandageBoy has bandages on his feet]] but no shoes or socks. WordOfGod says that this was a largely aesthetic choice, as apparently he looked "too girly with shoes". As a result, the "youthful innocence" version of this trope is a common {{Fanon}} portrayal of his character.
* Evelyn Glennie, the virtuoso percussionist, often performs barefoot, though for a good reason: she's profoundly deaf and it helps her to feel the music.
* Pop duo Megan and Liz frequently perform barefoot.
* Music/CaroleKing is barefoot on two of her album covers (''Music/{{Tapestry}}'' and ''Thoroughbred'').
* Polka musician Barefoot Becky.
* Creator/IdinaMenzel went barefoot for her entire 2012 summer tour, even calling it the "Barefoot at the Symphony Tour".
* Music/{{Skelteria}}'s mascot, St. Trinity, is a barefooter.
* Music/LindseyStirling tends to go barefoot out in both public and nature in her music videos, which involve a lot of skipping and jumping while playing the violin like a pixie.
* Music/BettyeLavette is seen barefoot on the album cover of ''Music/InterpretationsTheBritishRockSongbook''.
* In Hitomi Yaida's music video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyCpN0YIs9M "Chain,"]] the video starts with a shot of her putting on a pair of tennis shoes as she prepares to leave her house, but in the middle of tying them, she decides she'd rather feel the ground beneath her feet. Yaida slips her shoes back off and leaves them behind- at one point, she seems to reconsider her choice, spotting a pair of shoes in a store window on her shoeless romp. But she gives them a look that suggests, "oh, well", content without footwear. Then the reason why she doffed the shoes becomes clear- the whole video is an ImagineSpot, and she's envisioning herself on a sensual barefoot journey (thus free from any social judgements about her conspicuous lack of shoes), first in a city, then a dune-covered beach.
* Music/PattiSmith's song "Dancing Barefoot" from ''Music/{{Wave}}''
--> ''I'm dancing barefoot''\\
''Heading for a spin.''
* Grant Hart was noted for playing barefoot with Music/HuskerDu, especially since drumming can be hard on the feet.
* The Robert Parker song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azIytXgdggA "Barefootin'"]] encourages listeners to enjoy dancing without shoes.
* Bobby [=McFerrin=] tended to perform barefoot, after a foot cramp during a concert prompted him to remove his shoes and socks while conducting. The music video for "Don't Worry, Be Happy" also uses discarding of footwear as a visual metaphor for developing a positive outlook.
* The lyrics of Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Jungleland" (the final track on ''Music/BornToRun'') mention a "barefoot girl" who's dating Rat, one of the song's characters.

* As with the source, all of the characters in ''Pinball/TheFlintstones'' eschew shoes.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Back in the 1940s-60s, Hawaiian wrestler Alo Leilani would wrestle his exhibitions barefoot. According to the commentators at the Chicago International Amphitheater, most Hawaiians wrestled barefoot.
* Most {{Wild Samoan}}s wrestle barefoot, to help put over the "island savage" gimmick (exceptions include Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, Manu, Wrestling/SamoaJoe, and Wrestling/TheUsos). Rikishi did go barefoot earlier in his career when he was Fatu of the Headshrinkers (WWF) and the Samoan SWAT Team (WCW). In the mid-90's, the Headshrinkers had a gimmick where their manager, Captain Lou Albano, tried to "civilize" them by making them wear boots in the ring, and they had trouble climbing to the top rope and doing other moves because they couldn't get used to not being barefoot.
* Wrestling barefoot was common for Japanese wrestlers in America in the 70's and 80's, sometimes done to emphasize their Oriental martial arts-related gimmicks. Nowadays, shooters and wrestlers with martial gimmicks tend to go barefoot or wear only UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts-like footwraps.
* [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Kevin Von Erich]] wrestled barefoot for most of his career. He has said in interviews that it was because the boots he bought for his first match didn't fit quite right, and from there, it became a trademark.
* Velvet [=McIntyre=] wrestled barefoot during the 80's while she was in the WWF. This is because her wrestling boots were stolen.
* When she's not wearing her [[AllAmericanFace all-U.S.]] attire, Wrestling/{{Madusa}} of Wrestling/{{WCW}} had high-heeled boots on during the entrance, which she took off immediately after coming on the ring. Sometimes, however, she walked down the ramp without shoes at all.
* Wrestling/{{GLOW}} had a good number of its roster go barefoot, including but not limited to Mt. Fiji, Little Fiji, Little Egypt, Royal Hawaiian, Godiva, The Headhunters, and Jungle Woman.
* Joshi wrestlers Carlos Amano and Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} (who is a long time shoot-style fan) both forgo footwear, with the exception of Kana's kickpads.
* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Mona regularly came to the ring wearing shoes, then slipped them off and wrestled her matches barefoot. After she became Wrestling/MollyHolly in Wrestling/{{WWE}}, she wrestled in the 2004 Taboo Tuesday Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal barefoot.
* {{Defied|Trope}} by Chico Alvarez. He tried a barefoot gimmick but broke a foot as soon as he stepped in the ring. He came to like shoes a lot and encourage anyone else not wearing them to change their ways.
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] sometimes wrestles without boots or socks, though it doesn't seem to be a consistent thing and with him, not much is consistent anyway. It is probably less disliking shoes and more liking working up a sweat and using his smelly feet for and advantage.
* Jungle Grrrl, from the women's wrestling promotion WOW. It went defunct in 2001 but returned in 2012 and Jungle Grrrl became the promotion's champion.
* Stinky Garbage Man, a {{jobber}} from Arizona who was a TakeThat to {{Garbage Wrestler}}s in Tucson, was always barefoot, which is probably why he stank.
* Necro Butcher was told at last minute he had to do a run-in on a Wrestling/RingOfHonor show, and was wearing flip-flops. It wouldn't do a [[GarbageWrestler hardcore [=SOB=]]] like himself to be wearing flip-flops and be whaling on people with chairs, so he went in barefoot. It's become a trademark.
* Wrestling/{{UltraMantis Black}} often goes barefoot in ''Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}''. Maybe it's the difficulty of getting vegan wrestling boots.
* Grizzly Redwood wore no boots for a while in 2009 because in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, "Dirty" Ernie Osiris had stolen from him. And, apparently, that's okay since he's a lumberjack.
* Wrestling/MichelleMcCool usually wore boots when she wrestled. If she was wearing something else before a match she would take them off and wrestle barefoot.
* WWE wrestler Wrestling/AlexanderRusev used to wrestle barefoot, mostly due to having trained with the Samoan Rikishi. After suffering an ankle injury during a match, he took to wearing wrestling boots.
* WWE interviewer and NXT commentator Renee Young, has a habit of not wearing any shoes while doing interviews. [[http://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe-raw/2014/5/27/5755016/renee-young-ribbed-no-shoes-interview-evolution-raw-backstage-pass-wwe-video-news She's been called on it.]][[http://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2015/9/3/9259379/renee-young-feet-shoes-backstage-interviews Twice.]]

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* According to TheMerch for ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' (specifically, a 2001 action figure), Kira (the female Gelfling) is a barefooter.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'' 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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Ratlings, Halflings [[RecycledINSPACE 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, [[FullFrontalAssault they don't wear anything]].
* The Tharn in the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' fantasy setting don't wear shoes, in keeping with their bestial nature.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Originally played straight with halflings (as they started out as a fairly direct hobbit-[[CaptainErsatz 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, ''Literature/RenOfAtikala''
** 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 ''TabletopGame/{{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 CatchPhrase.
* In the musical ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' 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 ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', 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 ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' is always played barefoot. The tradition began when [[OriginalCastPrecedent the role originator]] had bunions and couldn't find a comfortable pair of shoes.
* Audrey in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Everywhere where more or less deep CharacterCustomization is possible ([[VirtualPaperDoll 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.
* [[http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/8862/shyann.png Shy-Ann]], the meditating hippy flower-girl from ''VideoGame/JuliasTimeAdventures'', is barefoot. She is actually a time traveller just like the main character.
* The ''Monk'' and ''Witch Doctor'' classes (regardless of gender) in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' 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 BarefootPoverty as part of his/her training. At least, before the game starts.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', elves are [[SuddenlyBlonde retconned]] into preferring to go barefoot most of the time. This includes party members Merrill and Fenris. Zevran from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' 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 [[AcheyScars Lyrium tattoos]] all over his body.
* Loads of FightingGame 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 ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series.
*** Ryu does wear red shoes in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterI'', but they're gone in all subsequent games (barring a DLC costume for ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''). 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.
*** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' 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 ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' 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.
** ''VideoGame/{{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 [[GenderBender Midnight Bliss]] transformations will also have either this (like for Jon Talbain's) showing their feet (like for Sasquatch).
** Ryo Sakazaki of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', 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 ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' 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.
** [[MsFanservice 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 ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Fatal Fury 3]]'' onwards.
** Chae Lim in ''Maximum Impact'', as for being a taekwondoist.
** Christie Monteiro from the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series (Only in her P1 outfit though, as she wears sandals in her P2 costume), mainly because she's a UsefulNotes/{{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 ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', where all she has on her feet are [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 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 ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' are all barefoot. Kira can justify it by her perpetually swimming in her water blob, at least.
** ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has Ms. Fortune and Painwheel, with the first due to being a catgirl and the second one being a LivingWeapon 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 Team17, ''Body Blows'', doesn't hold up to the habit of wearing shoes during the battle. Neither does the local DumbMuscle Dug.
** Two kunoichi characters from a (rather crappy) PC-88 game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCaK1noICjk The Queen of Duellist]]'', Miyuki and Katana, wear instep guards.
** In the first ''VideoGame/BushidoBlade'', Tsubame was wearing toeless socks, which exposed her red toenails. In ''2'', she, apart from getting an M-16 instead of a sword, becomes ([[ChainmailBikini almost]]) fully armored, complete with combat boots.
* The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', 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.
** [[http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=97901 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.
** 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 MagicalGirlWarrior lookalike in a MiniDressOfPower and high heels.
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen 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 [[http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/5327-Artifact-Trait-Calculator-Fishing-Artifact-Nightborne-Gnome-Hunters-Tweets 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.
* Most of the {{Mutant}}, Demon and [[PettingZooPeople Manimal]]-type characters in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', either due to unusual foot anatomy or savage personalities.
** The most prominent example is FBIAgent 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. He is also a {{Badass}}. Subverted with his EvilTwin in the Multifarian MirrorUniverse, 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 ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'' is a barefooting, [[BadassPrincess 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 [[GodIsEvil evil, pissed off god]] from breaking out of his prison, without even taking a minute's break.
* Kunoichi's alternate costumes in both ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' and ''Warriors Orochi Z'' have her traverse practically barefoot, wearing only instep "guards" (i.e. toeless, heelless socks). In ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi'', Da Ji also runs around barefoot (well, bare ''pawed'', since she's a [[PettingZooPeople fox demon]]).
* Beast races (Khajiit and Argonian) in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' can't wear shoes or boots, due to being digitigrade and having differently shaped feet to humans, elves, and each other. Khajiiti gain absolutely nothing in return for having one less equipment slot and inability to wear the best helmets, so they are the least popular race in the game. Argonians see their biggest use in speed runs, as they start with a bonus to speed and athletics.
* In ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld3'', Suzaku Leader doesn't wear shoes, which fits her oriental dancer outfit.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Maylene from the ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' 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 [[SlippySlideyIceWorld 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.
* Kaede Smith from ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}''. Her nickname as part of the Killer 7 is actually "Barefoot".
* Marky Dubois of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' was like this originally.
* Hurthlings from ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' do not like shoes and get a dexterity penalty for wearing them.
* Ilia from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. The game's version of the Great Fairy as well, who also doesn't wear a shirt (but covers up with GodivaHair).
** Same could be said for [[spoiler: Midna in her true form.]]
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' 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 ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore: 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.
* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'': When fighting in the underground Coliseum, Kazuma Kiryu [[JustForPun eschews shoes]]. Almost certainly an example of {{badass}}etude.
* Tati from ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai'' always goes around barefoot.
* Jeff Woodie from ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', as a stereotypical SurferDude, 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 ArtificialHuman [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyoji]] from ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe 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...[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series:
** Tewi Inaba, the {{Youkai}} earth rabbit. This emphasizes that, while she may look human, she is still very much a wild animal at heart.
** [[OurFairiesAreDifferent 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 ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'', Monkey, goes barefoot. Kinda helps him look even more like [[MeaningfulName his namesake]].
* Played with in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. Mizer ''loves'' shoes, but he's made an oath to go barefoot until the poor are no longer oppressed.
* Chell, the player character in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', for some reason. Her Advanced Knee Replacement prosthetics (that prevent falling damage) don't seem to require it. This may be because [[GoodMorningCrono at the start of the game, she was sleeping]]. Averted in the sequel, where she wears the Long Fall Boots instead.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', ''three'' extremely attractive ladies go barefoot: [[BeautyEqualsGoodness Cosmos]], [[{{Stripperific}} The Cloud Of Darkness]], and [[TheVamp Ultimecia]], plus one more ([[{{Miko}} 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 [[HiveMind Hive Minded]] creature who happens to be the embodiment of the [[PowerOfTheVoid 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 ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions'' is a barefoot dancer that joins the Warriors of Darkness.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', the Maenad are seen barefoot and in robes.
** Nothing really compared to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', where pretty much ''everyone'' went barefoot -- the {{NPC}}s at least anyway. Seriously, 4 out of 5 random {{NPC}}s would be barefoot, with the vast majority being female. Out of the party, though, it's limited to Yuna (see above), Jecht ([[RatedMForManly too manly for shoes]]), Yunalesca (dislikes more than just wearing shoes), and Kimahri (giant furred beastman). Justified by Spira's mostly tropical climate.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', the Mithra are barefoot by default. Or technically, they wear insteps that leave their toes and heels bare.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''
** Zilean is not wearing shoes. However, given that he's floating...
** Janna, as well. Pretty much a non-issue since she can fly.
* Many ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' 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 ([[FetishFuel for obvious reasons]]), and to a lesser extent the Brigand class (probably to emphasize their wild nature). The Taguel in ''Awakening'' also apply, though the race they're an expy of, the Laguz, did not.
** Corrin (Kamui in the Japanese version) , the customizable avatar of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', is covered in ornate armor from head to ankle; the feet go completely uncovered.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'', 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 ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}}'' series is barefoot whenever he dons the [[ArtifactOfDoom Terror Mask]].
* While anywhere else she appears with footwear on, ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Lufia II]]'' only gives Erim some tapings to cover her legs and no shoes at all.
* Sveta from ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' is always barefoot. Interestingly, she can equip shoes, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation but will never actually]] ''[[GameplayAndStorySegregation wear]]'' [[GameplayAndStorySegregation them]].
* Myosotis, the player character of a flash-based adventure game, ''[[http://www.silvergames.com/the-trader-of-stories 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, ''[[http://jayisgames.com/games/a-grain-of-truth/ 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 ''Franchise/{{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.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' has two barefooters in its' arsenal. Aquella is one, given that she's a blend of CuteMonsterGirl and [[OurElvesAreBetter a marine elf]]. Celestra the Huntress is another one, except she's actually human.
* ''VideoGame/AllPointsBulletin'' has Double B, the MissionControl 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 ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}'', which also serves as this game's DamselInDistress, is a pure example of this trope. Given that she looks like a [[CuteGhostGirl phantom girl]], but without actually being one...
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles'', 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H36eAI0qil0 this video]].
** More notably, Manuela from the same game.
* Dahlia Gillespie from ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' and Claudia Wolf from ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', most likely for reasons of faith.
* Milla Basset from ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' is the the only cast member to be a BarefootCartoonAnimal; her description in [[http://spacemanstrife.deviantart.com/art/Milla-the-Hound-Child-Sketch-by-R-No71-311455282 this art of her]] notes "she has a strong connection to the earth" alongside this fact, implying her to be an EarthyBarefootCharacter. Considering this is from a cast full of {{Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal}}s, this would also make her an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of TheOneWhoWearsShoes.
* Mingxia from ''VideoGame/RedAlert3Paradox'', the commando unit of the Atomic Kingdom of China, usually runs on a killing spree with her feet bare... At least according to the [[http://wiki.paradoxmod.com/1/8/89/Mingxia.jpg available concept art.]] Not to mention that she's the only character in the entire mod and, perhaps, the [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' that her feet are visible. She gains blue shoes when the exact same scene is depicted in later games like ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', however.
* ''[[VideoGame/SengokuSNK Sengoku 3]]'' has [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080718091337/snk/images/0/08/Kurenai.jpeg Kurenai running around in toeless, knee-high socks]].
* Jo from ''VideoGame/{{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 [[RaisedByWolves raised by the wolves]].
* [[CreepyChild Alma]] from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' goes barefoot in her child form, and in her [[FullFrontalAssault adult form]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}}'' series, mainly The Inquisitor and the Dwarf in their default attire. In ''2'' (but not in ''Underworld'') the jungle elves known as [[EarthyBarefootCharacter Dryads]] are often barefoot. Even their queen, [[AChildShallLeadThem Dyria]], wears heelless, toeless footwear.
* Characters in ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' 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 ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros for Wii U/[=3DS=]''; she fights barefoot as well.
* All female characters from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' ([[MoralityChain Maria Belmont]], [[TheCutie Claudia]], [[UndeadChild Laura]], [[TheVamp Carmilla]], and Literature/BabaYaga) are barefoot.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'', 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 ''[[http://wiki.guildwars2.com/images/thumb/4/43/Queen_Jennah.jpg/227px-Queen_Jennah.jpg Queen Jennah]]'' from Guild Wars 2, despite wearing a regal gown, goes barefoot.
* Boki, the player character from ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'', doesn't wear shoes. The color of her feet (which matches her hair) indicates what weapon she's got. Since Boki is a CatGirl, she overlaps with BarefootCartoonAnimal.
* [[BigBad Ruvik]] of ''VideoGame/TheEvilWithin'' walks around with no shoes on, his feet coated in grime as a result. That said, he's in a MentalWorld, 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 ''VideoGame/KEIOFlyingSquadron'' series, appearing from ''2'' onwards. She's never seen wearing shoes, probably due to the fact that she's something of a shaman queen, [[HistoricalDomainCharacter like her historical counterpart]]. Also, the kunoichi girl from ''1'' that [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame doesn't appear anywhere else but in the intro FMV]].
* Ratchet of the original ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', 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 ''VideoGame/BrokenAge'' 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 [[CharacterTic tendency to cross her feet in her idle animation]] may not be random.
* A mobile rougelike RPG called ''[[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tactcat.downearly Hadashi no Shojo]]'' (or just ''[[GratuitousEnglish 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 ''VideoGame/IttleDew'' runs barefoot.
* Child Miis from ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' never wear shoes, even when outside. Certain outfits also don't have shoes.
** In the spinoff ''VideoGame/{{Miitomo}}'', footwear is independently customizable, so you can have your Mii always barefoot regardless of outfit.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The [[AnthropomorphicObjects fruit ninjas]] of ''WebAnimation/BananaNanaNinja'' don't wear shoes because their legs (when they have any) are stick figures. Except during a SuperMovePortraitAttack.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Coffinshaker, Pai, and some minor characters from ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' and ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'' never wear shoes.
* Angora of ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' goes barefoot. In the beginning she doesn't wear ''anything'', making it more a case of [[NakedOnArrival Does Not Like Clothes]], but as the story goes on she starts collecting clothing, but still no shoes (or shirt).
* Belkar Bitterleaf from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Being a halfling, this might as well be a racial ability for him. In his own words, he is "[[BadassBoast A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!]]"
-->'''Belkar:''' Pffft. Shoes are for suckers. All part of a big conspiracy on the part of the cobblers.
* Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Her official biography once stated that "Mab has a deep-seated dislike of wearing shoes."
* Antimony Carver from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' (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 ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'', 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 ''[[http://www.salttheholly.com/ Salt the Holly]]'' go barefoot even when shoes are available.
* Almost all of the female characters remain barefooted in ''Webcomic/NineteenSeventySevenTheComic''. Many of the boys wind up that way, as well. Creator W. Byron Wilkins once stated on his blog that he "[[AuthorAppeal always had a thing for chicks who never wore shoes.]]"
* The title character of ''Webcomic/DaisyIsDead'' usually walks around barefoot.
* Meghan, the lead character of ''[[http://www.arpeggiothecomic.com/ Arpeggio]]'', has "[[http://www.arpeggiothecomic.com/cast.htm 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: "[[http://www.arpeggiothecomic.com/episode4.htm I think I saw a pair at the bottom of my closet last spring. Maybe]]."
* Hope from ''Webcomic/AloneInACrowd'' embodies this trope. She explains her reasons in [[http://aiacrowd.com/archives/85 this comic]]. (She's also not averse to some occasional [[http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/3605/skinnydipinginacrowd.jpg skinny]] [[http://aiacrowd.com/archives/274 dipping]]...)
* The main character in Kelly Hamilton's comic ''[[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/ 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. [[FanDumb The fans are displeased]].
* The wights of ''Webcomic/VanadysTalesOfAFallenGoddess'' go barefoot, largely because they have big, clawed feet and shoes would be impractical.
* ''Webcomic/ElfBlood'':
** 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 ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'', at least ever since he adopted his space hippy look.
* Kari Tyrell in ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark''. 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 ''[[http://comics.feedtacoma.com/pet-projects/ 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 ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' does not wear shoes, but that is part of being a sumo wrestler. Jacquline however just does not like socks.
* Myari from ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' 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.
* Sette Frummagen from ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'' remains barefoot from the first panel where she appears and on. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight No one really cares enough to bring it up]]. WordOfGod states that street children from Sette's hometown of Hanghorse go barefoot habitually, out of a combination of [[BarefootPoverty 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 ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' doesn't wear shoes. Probably because she is LizardFolk and to emphasize how she is different, but her feet are quite like a human's.
* The title character in ''Webcomic/{{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 [[spoiler:aka [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Disbelief]]]] from ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' goes around barefoot and he is certainly "down to earth" just don't read this as close to nature [[spoiler:more like FlatEarthAtheist... with the power to make the things he doesn't believe in disappear or worse]].
* When questioned, Sierra of college webcomic ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' figures she hasn't worn shoes since sixth grade. Neither does her [[Webcomic/RoomiesItsWalkyJoyceAndWalky Walkyverse]] counterpart, nicknamed Tootsi.
* Most of the cast of ''Webcomic/CampWeedonwantcha'' walk around barefoot. Somewhat expected in that children tend to lose their shoes when they get outside.
* Katia Managan from ''Webcomic/{{Prequel}}'' is actually an {{aver|tedTrope}}sion; she's ''not'' averse to boots, but [[BarefootPoverty 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 ''Webcomic/GoGetARoomie'' is a ShamelessFanserviceGirl 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, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint wearing a headband]]]'' NOW I'm ready!
* Teal from ''Webcomic/{{Delve}}'' is a SlimeGirl 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In an obvious display of AuthorAppeal, ''The Barefoot Sorority'', a series of stories by southerncrossfire44, is built around this trope. The concept is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The first story is [[http://southerncrossfire44.deviantart.com/art/The-Barefoot-Sorority-89588644 here]]. southerncrossfire44 has also written two other series, also available at his Website/DeviantArt site: another SliceOfLife story called ''No Shoes Pizza'', and a SpyDrama called ''Barefoot Agent''.
* [[http://queengwenevere.deviantart.com 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.
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob 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 ''WebVideo/ShinyObjectsVideos'' rarely wore shoes in the earlier videos. RealLifeWritesThePlot.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wears battered sneakers when he goes outside, but when he's in his house he'll nearly always be barefoot.
* Alexandra Hutton of ''WebOriginal/TheBookOfStoriesOCT'', 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 ''WebVideo/DoomHouse'' is never seen wearing shoes and is even seen walking outside on bare feet.
* WebVideo/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 ''WebVideo/HeyAshWhatchaPlayin'' is almost always barefoot on camera.
* Vivian James, the Website/FourChan-originated character, usually wears just socks, due to being a gamer who [[{{Hikikomori}} never leaves her house]]. Otherwise, she's in sneakers.
* Vesta from ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'' always goes barefoot. It’s even the first thing we learn about her when she’s introduced:
-->Vesta is a very strange waitress: she never wears shoes. She’s also immortal.
* Joanna Martin and Millie Smythe, two of JustforFun/InspectorSpacetime's associates. Joanna loathes shoes, and as they fall in love Millie follows her eventual wife's lead, although she once had AllWomenLoveShoes tendencies (and occasionally still does). They go on to form a team called the Barefoot Bounty Hunters.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Ice King is constantly barefoot, since he's both a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and AnIcePerson who is comfortable in the cold.
** Susan Strong is always barefoot, to go with her NobleSavage theme.
** Flame Princess as well, though those might be [[JustForPun 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. They appeared only in the episode "Invasion of the Katrinians" and are barefoot throughout it.
%%* The Prairie People from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''.
%%* Jeff da Maori from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brotown}}''.
* Captain Caveman from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCavemanAndTheTeenAngels'', being both a ContemporaryCaveman and a ReusedCharacterDesign of the Slag Brothers from ''Wacky Races''.
* Fang from ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' is barefoot in her regular outfit.
* Fawn from ''Franchise/DisneyFairies'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' never wears shoes, always going about in sock feet regardless of the situation.
* The Captain's Daughter from ''WesternAnimation/TheDrinkyCrowShow'' is another barefooter.
* Peter Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' went through this as a phase, going as far as to refer to shoes as "foot prisons". Since it was a CutawayGag, though, it's unknown if it actually happened.
* Absolutely everyone in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and its {{Spin Off}}s 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 [[WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel Weasel]], [[WesternAnimation/HuckleberryHound Huckleberry Hound]], and [[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoon. She is the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly girl to Ursula's tomboy]], so she is hard-wired to LOVE shopping and fashion of all kinds, [[AllWomenLoveShoes especially shoes]]. Yet, being a JunglePrincess, she is never seen wearing them.
* Nearly all of the villains and few of the heroes in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' follow this trope.
%%* Plato in ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JanaOfTheJungle'', another barefoot JunglePrincess. She also was shoe-less during her WesternAnimation/SuperFriends episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
** Beezy. Not immediatly noticable at first since he's not human, but everyone else, including [[TheCaligula his father]], wears them, human or not.
** Also Heloise, which is part of the reason why her feet are never seen.
* Lua from ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries''. The JunglePrincess Shaman is never seen wearing shoes.
* Beingal from the ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheDragon'' 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.
* The natives on ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' 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 AllWomenLoveShoes), but other than in the aforementioned episode, she is [[TheOneWhoWearsShoes the only one who actually wears them]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Treehouse of Horror X". Lisa is always barefoot after becoming the superhero Clobber Girl, because the accident that turned her into Clobber Girl also [[LosingAShoeInTheStruggle knocked her boots off her feet]]. Blame LimitedWardrobe for why she didn't bother to just walk across the room and get them back.
* Miracle from ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'' goes barefoot as one indicator of her HippieTeacher[=/=]GranolaGirl[=/=]NewAgeRetroHippie 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' wears brown footless pants.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Kyle's character in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'''s incarnation of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker tends to go barefoot. As does Poison Ivy.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'':
** The Drifter, a RascallyRabbit, seems a typical BarefootCartoonAnimal, but a {{flashback}} reveals that he was TheOneWhoWearsShoes until a traumatic event caused him to abandon the trait, and acquire a more disheveled appearance, with tattered clothes and MessyHair.
** Pumyra doesn't wear the spat-like coverings almost all other Cats wear.
* Athena, the green-skinned female elf from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: The Lost Dragon'', is always barefoot.
* The title character of Canadian/French series ''WesternAnimation/{{Tupu}}'' is the "[[WildChild Wild Girl]] of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity 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 ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' are permanently barefoot, to go with their [[GoodOlBoy hillbilly]] and [[ContemporaryCaveman caveman]] gimmicks. Luke gets extra points for steering his car with them.
* Similarly, Hanna-Barbera gave the [[CorruptHick evil side of the hillbilly spectrum]] some representation in ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'', where Daisy Mayhem is seen going barefoot even in snowy climates.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''
** Most members of the Sadida class fall into this, though some do wear sandals. Probably linked to their PlantPerson 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 [[spoiler:when he merges with the Eliacube and reveals his true villainous nature.]]
* Wuya in her human form from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Aquaman and Aqualad often go barefoot when in costume. Even in [[ExposedToTheElements 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|Trope}} 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, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans 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 Blocksberg[[note]]The title character of a German radio show.[[/note]] 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.

[[folder:Real Life - Celebrities and Personalities]]
* Creator/{{Socrates}} may be the UrExample.
* Creator/NicoleKidman, Creator/CameronDiaz and Sean Astin have actually shown up to red carpet premieres in bare feet.
** At the premiere of the movie ''Series/CharliesAngels'', 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".
** KristenStewart, as mentioned above, also likes to go barefoot at these fairly formal occasions.
* Creator/JuliaRoberts 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.
* Creator/SummerGlau 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.
** Now with [[http://www.summer-glau.net/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/9vjp.jpg pictoral]] [[http://www.summer-glau.net/gallery/albums/08%20comic%20con/2726070030_76073534b8_o.jpg evidence]]!
*** WordOfGod: [[http://www.empireonline.com/interviews/interview.asp?IID=316 "I think the thing I like about River is that she gets to be barefoot so much of the time. I don’t like shoes very much".]]
* 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.)
* Creator/BeaArthur would parade around in her house barefooted. If you look in some episodes of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' 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 ''Series/{{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 [[InnocentFanserviceGirl 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, SophieMarceau 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 ''[[RealityTV 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 ''Series/{{Today}}'') apparently [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrRcO2MqCzw does reports barefoot]].
* An interview with Elijah Wood reveals that ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' director Creator/PeterJackson often appeared barefoot on the set, "like a real-life Hobbit."
* UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, being the poster boy for AbsentmindedProfessor, 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 ''Series/DualSurvival'' 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.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Bredl Rob Bredl]], the barefoot bushman. [[{{Badass}} Even when catching crocodiles, according to]] Wiki/{{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, [[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6946030.ece Colton Harris-Moore]], the "barefoot boy bandit", is an 18 year old boy who eluded Sheriffs and Officers in the UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} area for over 2 years. He also had a tendency to hunt his own food and live in the forest--until he [[http://gawker.com/5584243/barefoot-bandit-colton-harris+moore-arrested-in-bahamas 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.
* Creator/SteveJobs. He would often disgust people at business meetings and interviews by putting his dirty, bare feet up on the table.
* Creator/KeiraKnightley has been caught by paparazzo barefooting more than just occasionally. She also tends to be barefoot more often than not for her glamour shots.
* [[http://www.zialuehrman.com/ 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 [[http://lurksvillesmashions.blogspot.com/2008/02/primero.html one hell of a barefooter]] during her university years according to her classmate, as she says that "Zia NEVER wears shoes".
* UsefulNotes/ShakaZulu 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxnrMKK3660rwZ6YE3MZNIw/videos 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 EverythingTryingToKillYou.
* Creator/BellaThorne has a tendency to shed her shoes at the first opportunity.

[[folder:Real Life - Science]]
* This medical report states, that people who earth themselves, run a lower risk of infacts from occuring.
** [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576907/: Earthing (Grounding) the Human Body Reduces Blood Viscosity — a Major Factor in Cardiovascular Disease]]
* This book by James L. Oschman, Gaetan Chevalier and A. Clinton Ober go in detail about the benefits of earthing.
** [[http://www.earthinginstitute.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/BIOPHYSICS-OF-EARTHING-2015.pdf : Biophysics of Earthing(Grounding)the Human Body]]

[[folder:Real Life - Social]]
* There are a number of organizations dedicated to promoting a shoes-free lifestyle, including [[http://www.barefooters.org/ The Society for Barefoot Living]] and [[http://www.unshod.org/pfbc/ 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 ValuesDissonance, 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, [[JustifiedTrope 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.

[[folder: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 casual runners in recent years, largely due to being popularized by the famous trainer [[http://barefootrunning.com/ Ken Bob Saxton]]. Many barefoot runners believe that running without shoes can help prevent injuries and improve form.
* [[http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_21393203/barefoot-runner-rae-heim-longmont-supporting-soles-4-souls 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 [[http://www.barefoothikers.org/barefoot-sisters.html 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. However, the practice is currently banned in many leagues, including almost all high school leagues.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayden_Ballantyne 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.
** UsefulNotes/{{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.

[[folder: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 UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon, also has a large barefoot population. Because of this, an on-campus group (The Reed Kool Shit Kollective, an AffectionateParody 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).
* [[http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/woman-who-allegedly-rammed-police-car-after-chase-bailed-20130325-2gop6.html 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 [[http://www.scribd.com/doc/238460391/Sock-memo hilarious memorandum sanctioning Glickfield about proper attire]]. [[SophisticatedAsHell 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.
* [[http://sierrathebarefootgirl.com/ 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, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibbutz Kibbutzniks]]'' have this reputation, which is fairly justified--they often walk barefoot even when the pavement is scorching hot in the summer.