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People who prefer going barefoot in movies.


Animated

  • The entire cast of The Croods — at least until Guy introduces them to shoes.
  • Many Disney characters go barefoot:
    • Aladdin. Even after the first movie, Aladdin still wears that old clothing of his. By the third movie however he starts wearing shoes with his old clothing.
    • 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, as seen in the follow-up series The Legend of Tarzan .
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    • Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame wore shoes in Hugo's novel (though her outfit was "tinsel and rags,") but goes barefoot in the Disney Animated Canon version. In the sequel, she gains a pair of shoes - presumably as she's now married to Phoebus, and can now afford a pair.
    • Kida in Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Like Esmeralda, she ended up wearing shoes in the sequel. Also, Word of God 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 Pocahontas. And yes, she too ended up wearing shoes in the sequel (and at the theme parks, along with the two mentioned above). Seem to be seeing a pattern here with Disney Sequel Barefooters?
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    • Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, 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 Enchanted, though mainly just in the animated segments. Possibly a direct reference to Aurora. However, while she wears shoes in the live action bits, Giselle takes them off in the climax and faces off against Narissa in her bare feet. Nancy later finds one of her shoes on the floor and the prince puts it on Nancy's foot, referencing Cinderella.
    • Once she gets feet, Ariel in The Little Mermaid 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.
      • The former carries this character trait into her appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet, where she's revealed to be barefoot when wearing not just her new casual clothes, but also her standard pink dress!
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    • Rapunzel in Tangled. Of the youthful innocence variety — plus she's just never needed shoes due to never leaving her tower. Coincidentally, Rapunzel's voice actress, Mandy Moore, goes barefoot a lot in Real Life.
    • Mowgli from The Jungle Book.
    • Lilo and Nani from Lilo & Stitch normally don't wear shoes at home, likely due to the Hawaiian tradition of going barefoot.
    • Mama Odie from The Princess and the Frog. Justified, since she is blind and possibly needs them bare.
    • Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph doesn't wear shoes, even when 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 he's disguised as a Hero's Duty Marine.
    • Everyone in Moana is barefoot. This is appropriate, of course, as the setting and characters are ancient Polynesian.
  • Dot from Dot and the Kangaroo and its sequels.
  • Princess Teegra from Fire and Ice. Not like she's wearing much outside of a teensy Fur Bikini.
  • Heidi from Heidi's Song is barefoot throughout the entire film, even in the snow.
  • Joy from Inside Out doesn't wear shoes, although since she doesn't appear to have toes, the effect is less barefooter and more ballet shoes. Seems to apply to every version of Joy across all the mind worlds.
  • Downplayed with the young artist Ursula from Kiki's Delivery Service who always wears only open-toed footwear, either flip-flops or sandals.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, 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. Miriam and Tzipporah are never seen wearing shoes at all, though they may fall under Barefoot Poverty instead.
  • Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians. At one point, elves try to give him a pair. With bells. They are quickly dismissed and never spoken of again.
  • Chel from The Road to El Dorado.
  • Bronagh from Song of the Sea.

Live-Action

  • Michelle in 10 Cloverfield Lane is barefoot throughout almost the entire film. Her feet even get visibly dirty as she's repairing the air filtration system. However, she suffers a really bad injury to her ankle before waking up in there, so chances are she's going barefoot to avoid exacerbating her pain and to help the injury heal. Injuries to the ankle can remain sore for weeks or even months if the muscles tear. Nevertheless, she's there long enough for her leg to heel and had boots on at the beginning, but she doesn't touch them until the climax of the film. Granted she's inside a bunker, but as both Emmett and Howard wear shoes, it seems like it's just not her thing.
    • The actress wore slippers in between takes, so she probably had reservations about leaving her feet unprotected in real life.
  • In the 1939 film The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck says, "Shoes and I don't get along."
    • Half-averted in the 1995 film Tom and Huck. 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.
  • Juliette, Brigitte Bardot's character in And God Created Woman. She even goes to work barefooted; her foster mother mentions that one of the customers complained about that.
    • Bardot is a real life example of the trope as well.
  • The Na'vi in Avatar are perpetually barefoot. Fridge Brilliance 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. Because 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.
  • Maria Vargas, Ava Gardner's character in The Barefoot Contessa could practically be the trope namer. She 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 her husband murders her, Humphrey Bogart's character removes her shoes to 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.
  • 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 held at home by her mother (until she died) for full nineteen years not only made Leila 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.
  • In Bell, Book and Candle, Hot Witch Gillian Holroyd (played by Kim Novak) is a Magical Barefooter who goes barefoot in just about every indoor scene, and some of the outdoor ones as well. 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 Beatniks and bohemian types. When Gillian loses her powers, she undergoes Chickification and begins to wear shoes indoors.
  • An unusual negative example is Spectre, a Quirky Town in Big Fish. The entire population goes barefoot, and visitors' shoes are stolen so they can't leave town.
  • Michael Burry in The Big Short 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.
  • Agador/Spartacus, the houseboy in The Birdcage (the American remake of La Cage aux Folles), does not wear shoes because they make him fall down. His employer, Armand, scoffs at this, but it turns out he is telling the truth as he slips and falls at least once. Armand and Albert don't seem to care, or even notice, that he's barefoot until they're about to have company, which is when their son Val insists he wears the shoes.
  • In Blade Runner 2049, Dr. Ana Stelline is perpetually barefoot, though it may be just because she never goes out of her room.
  • Carla, the Hot Gypsy Woman from Captain Kronos-Vampire Hunter.
  • Maid Jean from the 1956 movie The Court Jester. This seems to be by choice, since she's almost always barefoot. She does, however, wear boots while in uniform in her first scene. Also, at one point, she wears shoes in the castle. But she discards them at the climax and remains barefoot through the rest of the film.
  • Some film versions of 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.
  • Befitting his down-to-earth persona, Luke in Drinking Buddies often doesn't wear shoes. Even in the factory that he works.
  • Nathan from Ex Machina 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 Fembots.
  • The entire civilization of Bedrock in The Flintstones (it's lampshaded in the prequel, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas). No-one wears pants, either. The men wear shin-length shirts and the women wear either skirts or dresses. (Except when in bathing suits.)
  • In the '70s rednecksploitation flick Gator Bait, Wild Child Desiree remains barefoot throughout the film, climbing through trees and running through swamps with ease.
  • Inverted with Brendan Fraser's character, George of the Jungle. He tends to go barefoot in the jungle, but for a cross-country running montage, he pulls out a pair of Nikes. Parody? Shameless Product Placement? You decide.
  • Amy Dunne in Gone Girl goes barefoot whenever she's not at a fancy cocktail party. Greta generally forgoes any shoes except flip-flops.
  • In many Hamlet adaptations (1964, 1990, 1996, etc.) Ophelia is barefoot in the mad scenes.
    • In the David Tennant version, Hamlet himself is barefoot a lot of the time, including while he is wearing a tuxedo.
  • In Happy Death Day, Tree goes barefoot often - sometimes while relaxing in her room, and other times leaving Carter's dorm in the morning without ever putting her shoes on. In one occasion, she even tosses her shoes away as soon as she steps outside, before happily going about her routine.
  • Alma Brown (Patricia Neal) in Hud fits. She claims to have worn shoes only once, at her wedding.
  • In It Could Happen To You, Judy Holliday's character absent-mindedly kicked off her shoes whenever she had to do some serious thinking.
  • Eli in Let the Right One In 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.
  • In the three (1940, 1959 and 1971) movies made from Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae Scragg never wears shoes. But in the 1959 version, having her played superbly by Leslie Parrish, and having most of the other female characters wearing flesh colored slippers (for traction, given all of the dancing) makes this extremely effective.
  • Rynn, the title character in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. Interestingly, Jodie Foster, the actress who played Rynn, did and still does have that same trait.
  • In the 1997 movie Loved, Hedda Amerson (played by Robin Wright) 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.
  • Nancy Kwan is barefoot for the duration of Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. and has several scenes in Tamahine without any shoes as well.
  • As a child and even after she has grown, 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.
  • Lori Saunders in Mara of the Wilderness, since she's a Jungle Princess.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Avengers and Iron Man 3: 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 Gwyneth Paltrow is several inches taller than Robert Downey Jr. and the filmmakers will take what they can get to keep them in frame together. It also prevents her high heels from getting in the way when she wears the Mark 42 armor in Iron Man 3.)
    • Thor goes barefoot in the Team Thor series of Thor: Ragnarok viral promos, whenever unwinding at his roommate Darryl's house. The second video briefly shows that Thor does have slippers while staying there, but Team Thor never shows him wearing them.
  • The Million Dollar Hotel has an eccentric girl named Eloise (portrayed by Milla Jovovich). This fact has been lampshaded in the movie at least once, brought up with the help of Feet-First Introduction, 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.
  • In Moonrise Kingdom, Suzy's three younger brothers are always barefoot when the weather permits it.
  • In mother!, the titular Mother spends the entire movie barefoot (she doesn't put on shoes even when she's in a cold basement).
  • Jodie is also barefoot for much of Nell. In some scenes Nell wears work boots.
  • Pocahontas from the 2005 film The New World is depicted as a perpetual Earthy Barefoot Character. 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.
  • Jamie from Friends with Benefits. Bonus points for taking her shoes off at an airport.
  • Foster spends a vast majority of Panic Room barefoot as well; she's wearing shoes for maybe the first 15 minutes and that's it.
  • In the original The Parent Trap, Maureen O'Hara is always barefooted in the house of her ex-husband. In what is probably a Shout-Out, the remake has Natasha Richardson walk barefooted outdoors, but only a few steps.
  • In the B-Movie (and Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode) The Phantom Planet, the female aliens go barefoot.
  • In A Piedi Nudi (Bare Feet), an Italian 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.
  • Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction tends to take off her shoes whenever she can get away with it in the film. What do you expect when famed foot-lover Quentin Tarantino is writer-director?
  • The family featured in A Quiet Place are more or less forced into this trope; since the world has been invaded by aliens who are attracted to sound, they go barefoot to make as little noise as possible.
  • Ditto that for the vampire films of French director 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.
  • In Rush (2013), James Hunt is seen barefoot even in places where most people would wear shoes, like a garage. Apparently, this is Truth in Television: 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.
  • In Sex Drive, 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).
  • The entire skater boy gang in Skaterdater, which is appropriate, given this movie was shot during The '60s, 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 local dialogue's nature, it's hard to tell whether he actually wanted the girl to go shoeless as well.
  • Another case is Simone Griffeth as Janeen in Swamp Girl, a similar film from 1971.
  • 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."
  • Miranda (played by Felicity Jones) in The Tempest (2010). Many modern productions of the play itself also have Miranda barefoot from beginning to end.
  • The heroine of That Lady in Ermine is a ghost in a painting of her in an ermine coat and bare feet (done for a symbolic move when she was alive). She spends most of the film in this outfit, and therefore barefoot, save for one scene.
  • Kura, the Indian Maiden in Utu (1983), is barefoot throughout the movie.
  • Mystique in the X-Men Film Series, as she's always nude, she's always barefoot too. Extra points go to her for going to Stryker's compound at Alkali Lake nude and barefoot (a frozen lake and covered in snow).


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