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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Due to the feudal setting, many background characters are poverty-stricken villagers. The cast, however, are either shoe-wearers or DoesNotLikeShoes examples, with Rin bein introduced as this trope before being saved by Sesshoumaru, whereupon she joins the rest of the DoesNotWearShoes cast.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Due to the feudal setting, many background characters are poverty-stricken villagers. The cast, however, are either shoe-wearers or DoesNotLikeShoes examples, with Rin bein introduced as this trope before being saved by Sesshoumaru, whereupon she joins the rest of the DoesNotWearShoes DoesNotLikeShoes cast.


* Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl is barefoot out in the freezing winter, as a result of AbusiveParents.

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* Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl is barefoot out in the freezing winter, as a result of AbusiveParents. She actually had slippers on when she left home, but they used to belong to her mother, so they were too big for her, and she lost them while running across the street.



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* The nonmagical street children introduced in chapter two of ''Webcomic/NeverSatisfied'' have never worn shoes in-comic. Even Sasha has the bare minimum of foot protection in the form of wrappings.


* {{Decemberists}}: "I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep / No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet..."

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* {{Decemberists}}: Music/TheDecemberists: "I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep / No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet..."


* TheDecemberists: "I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep / No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet..."

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* TheDecemberists: {{Decemberists}}: "I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep / No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet..."

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* TheDecemberists: "I am a chimbley, a chimbley sweep / No bed to lie, no shoes to hold my feet..."

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*Shion Yorigami from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' spinoff ''Antinomy of Common Flowers'' is a goddess of poverty whose [[TheJinx powers of bringing misfortune to others]] extend to herself and so goes barefoot to go along with her drab clothing patched up with ''debt papers''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': Miriam and the majority of the Hebrew slaves are this. Very few of them, such as Aaron, wear sandals (and even then, Aaron went barefoot in his childhood).


* African teenager Frangie Marr from the book ''Literature/FrontLines'' by Michael Grant. She's outgrown her last pair of shoes and can't afford to wear any until she arrives at military boot camp (Frangie notes the irony in that name). It's stated how humiliating this is for her.

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* African teenager Frangie Marr from the book ''Literature/FrontLines'' by Michael Grant. She's outgrown her last pair of shoes and can't afford to wear any until she arrives at military boot camp (Frangie notes the irony in that name). It's stated how utterly humiliating this going barefoot in public is for her.

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* African teenager Frangie Marr from the book ''Literature/FrontLines'' by Michael Grant. She's outgrown her last pair of shoes and can't afford to wear any until she arrives at military boot camp (Frangie notes the irony in that name). It's stated how humiliating this is for her.
---> "A short girl with no shoes. Probably looks thirteen."



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* In the ''Anime/GrimmsFairyTaleClassics's'' version of ''The Old Woman in the Woods'', the protagonist is a cute girl who isn't wearing any shoes despite being a part of a royal caravan, signifying her "position" as a mere maid among all the {{upper class twit}}s.


** In the Literature/BookOfExodus, there was a law that stated that if a man died without any [[HeirClubForMen male heirs]], his widow was to marry his brother, and the brother would [[LineageComesFromTheFather carry on the family line]] for him via the first son he had with her. If the man refused the marriage, she was to publicly humiliate him ([[FamilyHonor and all]] [[SinsOfOurFathers his descendants and relatives]]) by removing his sandals, spitting on him, and publicly declaring that he refused to do his duty to his family and society.

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** In the Literature/BookOfExodus, there was a law that stated that if a man died without any [[HeirClubForMen male heirs]], his widow was to marry his brother, and the brother would [[LineageComesFromTheFather carry on the family line]] for him via the first son he had with her. If the man refused the marriage, she was to publicly humiliate him ([[FamilyHonor and all]] [[SinsOfOurFathers his descendants and relatives]]) by removing his sandals, spitting on him, and publicly declaring that he refused to do his duty to his family and society. Because of the shame, it would lead to ostracism and financial ruin for him, and he would NeverLiveItDown.



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** In the Literature/BookOfExodus, there was a law that stated that if a man died without any [[HeirClubForMen male heirs]], his widow was to marry his brother, and the brother would [[LineageComesFromTheFather carry on the family line]] for him via the first son he had with her. If the man refused the marriage, she was to publicly humiliate him ([[FamilyHonor and all]] [[SinsOfOurFathers his descendants and relatives]]) by removing his sandals, spitting on him, and publicly declaring that he refused to do his duty to his family and society.



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* The Dendarii Mountain village of Silvy Vale in ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Memory]]'' is fighting hard to get ''out'' of poverty, but most of the children in the two-room schoolhouse are barefoot. So is the teacher, Harra Csurik.



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* Historically, prisoners and slaves have often been kept barefoot, as described in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot#Imprisonment_and_slavery Other Wiki]]

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