There is a certain loveliness to walking barefoot on road and pavement and sand. My shoe broke today. (I spend 90% of my life within a single building and it has to break when I’m out.) But I’m enjoying being aware of the grains that greet my feet, the dust and gravel walking with me. Being a part of my surroundings, feeling the earth I trod on. Shoes are safe but sterile. Don’t cut yourself off from sensation.