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People who prefer going barefoot in comic books.

  • Anything by Richard Sala is going to have at least one perpetually barefoot female character. Peculia is one example, although she did wear shoes originally (for about one and a half stories). She abandoned them fleeing a house that was attacked by Death and was carried off to safety before she could ever go back for them, so she just stayed without.

  • During the '60s, characters in Archie Comics 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.
    • One cover had a barefoot Betty and Veronica observing a shoe store during the hippie years, where the owner was fast asleep from lack of customers. Another saw them suffering on a hot sidewalk.
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    • In one comic strip, Veronica had developed the habit of going barefoot all the time and her father called her out on it for buying tons of shoes that she wasn't wearing.
  • Arkhalla, Queen of Vampires, who is the reigning monarch of Ur, is usually barefoot, and also often partly or mostly naked. There are so many close ups of her bare feet that a strong foot fetish on the part of the artist cannot be ruled out.
  • Mantis from Avengers is almost always barefoot. This has to do with her upbringing at the Vietnamese Temple of the Priests of Pama where she became an adept of Oriental mystic practices and a master of martial arts (Asian martial arts are frequently associated with barefooting). She also habitually refers to herself in the third person, which is a common practice in Eastern religions.
  • In Copperhead Budroxifinicus and others of his species are always depicted barefoot, likely due to their opposable toe.
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  • Meggan from Excalibur.
  • The Thing from Fantastic Four 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.
  • Both the Blue and the Black largely go barefoot, as they live underwater, in Michael Turner's 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 suit.
  • The Shobijin in the IDW Publishing Godzilla comic are depicted barefoot. Somewhat fitting, seeing as they were like this in the 1961 Mothra film.
  • Incredible Hulk
    • 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!).
  • 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.
  • In the sister comic to Archie, Josie and the Pussycats, the girls once decided to ditch their shoes and adopt the barefoot craze, earning a lot of stunned responses from their peers.
  • Cynthia Reynolds, a.k.a. Gypsy of the Justice League, embodying the Hot Gypsy Woman trope, wears nothing but a few anklets and toe rings on her feet, even while walking around Detroit.
  • Loki God(dess) of Stories from Loki: Agent of Asgard prefers to walk barefoot, keeping in with their whole aesthetic.
  • Many of the characters (female and male) in Love and Rockets go barefoot on a regular basis. This isn't culturally unusual in the romantically rural "Palomar/BEM" saga, but can seem that way in the urban/SF settings of the "Los Locas/Mechanics", "Runaway Rikki" and "Love & Rockets" storylines.
  • Justine Andersen's Eros Comics project Mara Celtic Shamaness lives and breathes this trope, taking it Up to Eleven. Mara insists on going barefoot constantly, especially when it's dangerous or disgusting to do so.
  • Julie Winters of The Maxx, in both the original comic and the Animated Adaptation. She doesn't seem to actively dislike shoes, and wears them sometimes, but spends the vast majority of her time barefoot, even while walking around the city. She once stepped on a broken shard of glass, and after the obligatory "ouch", her only comment was that she needs to be more careful when she's barefoot, so even that isn't enough to get her to stop going out that way. Appropriately, her Outback counterpart is a Jungle Princess, which are near-unanimously depicted barefoot across all fictional works where they appear.
  • Danny from John Byrne's Next Men. Justified in the sense that shoes can't stand up to the force of his running, so he has to toughen up his feet to do so.
  • Tia Dalma is barefoot in the comics Pirates of the Caribbean (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.
  • Plastic Man is always barefoot, even though he has no toes, and thus looks like he's wearing flesh-colored tights. It emphasizes his amorphous nature. He's been known to stretch his toes for escape attempts.
  • Many incarnations of Poison Ivy go barefoot. Usually this correlates to whether that particular incarnation goes full Stripperiffic or not. Given her powerset, this would also make her an Earthy Barefoot Character.
  • Delirium from The Sandman 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.
  • During The '70s, Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu went barefoot everywhere. Called out on this by a security guard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City ("Hey, kid! Why Don't you get some shoes?", he replied, "Why do you fear to touch the ground? Does the concrete not separate you from it enough?"
  • Later iterations of Mary Jane Watson from the Spider-Man comics frequently portray her barefoot and in torn jeans.
  • Both Swift and Jack Hawksmoor of Stormwatch and The Authority 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).
  • Tanga, an 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.
  • The Séance from The Umbrella Academy, 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.
  • 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.
  • Oracle and other Kandrakar inhabitants in W.I.T.C.H.. Orube is also barefoot when in her warrior outfit.
  • The Witch Boy: Everyone in the magical woodland community in which the story takes place is always barefoot, making them also Magical Barefooters and Earthy Barefoot Characters.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Athena prefers to go barefoot, even when she's wearing a suit.
    • Wonder Woman (2011): None of the Dodekatheon wear shoes, and it's a way to spot them when they're mingling with humans. Hades goes barefoot in this continuity as well, making it rather popular for the Greek gods in this continuity.
  • Nate Grey (X-Man) usually goes without shoes as part of his naturalistic "shaman" nature. As is demonstrated after his De-Power in New Mutants, this works better when you have the option of floating.
  • Beast from the X-Men 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 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.
    • Likewise, in the early days of the X-Men, Mimic typically copied the powers of all the members of the team, which meant sprouting wings like Angel and giant hands and feet like Hank. He would then go barefoot for the same reason Hank did.
  • Jenny Weaver of Zot! goes barefoot whenever possible. This may have something to do with Scott McCloud having modelled her on "feeling", one of Jung's proposed four types of human thought.


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