Willingly walking around in the snow in bare feet might make some people question a person’s mental status.
Unless, of course, you’re in New Zealand.
I have yet to see a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” sign over here. Kiwis will walk down the busiest street in the country, in and out of stores, in and out of restaurants, and in all types of weather without any footwear.
It’s not disgusting, nor is it something to shake your head at. It’s part of the culture over here. That’s not to say that I don’t get a bit surprised by it from time to time – such as last week when I noticed a small, barefoot child who was otherwise warmly dressed walking next to her mother in the snow in Dunedin. But I like I said, it’s part of the culture here, and as we continued to walk down the street, I saw 2 other people sans shoes. And don’t forget some of the most famous barefooted characters in New Zealand…
So don’t be surprised or raise your eyebrows or look disgusted when you see someone walking barefoot in a department store. It’s just another part of living in New Zealand.