Barefoot Bea told to toe line in US

Bea MArshall of Walkley, Sheffield back from USA trip. Picture Chris Lawton
Bea MArshall of Walkley, Sheffield back from USA trip. Picture Chris Lawton

A SHEFFIELD mother-of-two who has been living a barefoot lifestyle for 30 months had to go back to wearing shoes on a trip to America.

Bea Marshall, aged 34, decided to forsake footwear in May 2010 after suffering running injuries. She was told going barefoot could help, while improving posture and circulation.

Since then she has hit the streets and shops of her home city without shoes, and said she hardly ever finds anyone who takes offence or insists she covers up.

But she has returned from a nine-week American road trip with her sons Robin, seven, and Jos, five, and said her choice not to wear shoes had raised eyebrows.

The website designer, who lives with husband Andy in Walkley, said: “In this country what I generally find is that people will stop and talk to me about why I’m not wearing shoes and ask me why I do it, but in America that really did not happen at all. What I found was that people in shops and other places would come up to me and say ‘we are concerned about you not wearing shoes here – we need you to put shoes on’.”