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    I am just sitting at work and i just happened to look down at my feet and the thought came to me. Who here actually wears shoes? I mean i am unable to stand much less walk so i decided a while ago to stop wasting money on shoes. however the thought has crossed my mind is it unprofessional to not wear them?????

    #2
    I wear sneakers around home and have some dress shoes for church and business meetings. I want my feet protected in case I run into anything. I think I'd feel odd in a business situation without shoes.
    Tom

    "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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      #3
      I agree with Tom. I wear them to protect my feet in case they fall off my foot plate or something falls on them. I have also been known to go around the corner and catch my foot on the door hinge.....
      DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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        #4
        I agree with Tom about protection. It depends on your job on whether unprofessional, but would think it to be best to wear some in most instances.
        C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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          #5
          I am the director of a 911 center so while at work i honestly dont need foot protection. i have a harder time moving my legs with my hands when i wear shoes.

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            #6
            How about a sock that looks like a shoe?
            http://www.zappos.com/diesel-kids-za...sock-sea-green

            I walk so I wear shoes, but I love being in my chair barefoot. Have to stop doing it because I keep running over my toes with my castors when I, inevitably, start wrapping my feet around my front canes.

            Have to say, if I went into a bank/business to make a deal I would be wary of someone not wearing shoes- even if it made sense. I would just make a snap judgement- right or wrong.

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              #7
              I say wear shoes as it is professional to wear them and completes your attire. Most of the time they are protective only and not functional.

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                #8
                I love that when I buy a pair of shoes they stay looking new for years

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                  #9
                  I've been known to go out without shoes onco or twice. I wouldn't do it anymore, though.

                  Aside from the things already mentioned (protection, perceptions), there is the cold. I don't have an SCI, but I've lost superficial sensation in my feet and part of my legs, because some minor nerve cells were damaged during various orthopedic procedures. I can feel pressure, but not light touch, and my feet have to be really cold before I become aware of it. I often know my feet are cold only because I'm shivering with my heavy knit sweater on.

                  The reason I'm bringing this up is that, while you might not think temperature will be a problem, because you won't feel the difference, it is nevertheless something that you need to take into account. So that might be another reason you better stick with shoes. Your shoes should last much longer than a walking person's shoes anyway, so I don't think you're going to save very much there. As for weight, just go for really light cloth shoes (think all stars, although there are many cheaper knock-offs you can buy).

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                    #10
                    I wear shoes for the protection and it helps my feet stay on the footplate. Going without shoes in public just makes you look more outside the norm too.

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                      #11
                      shoes

                      Everyone here seems to be trying to be normal or worried what the normal world thinks instead of being themselves.....Why not be proud of the person you are and if the world doesn't like it then they don't like it. Honestly I have always said that if given the chance to be normal i wouldn't take it.

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                        #12
                        Well it is a societal norm to wear shoes or other footwear. Too each their own though.

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                          #13
                          but why worry about what society thinks is normal????? I am not just talking about the shoe things. Who determines what is normal? I dont want to be normal because that makes me just like everyone else nothing special....Me being in a chair makes me special and makes what i have done in my life that much better.

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                            #14
                            Can't wear shoes due to scar tissue and pressure issues. I'm a dispatcher as well and my name is Jenn!

                            Haven't worn shoes since 2002 and use a roho footrest. I wear my uniform pants long enough it's hard to tell.
                            Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                            T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                              #15
                              I agree with you that the accomplishments I've had are that much better since I've been a para. I wear shoes for protection and because I require my employee's to wear shoes to prevent workers comp claims on accidents that can happen when you don't wear shoes. It is a requirement to wear shoes in most restaurants, work places ect..I don't think it has anything to do with being normal or not. I think it's generally an expectation of society. The only time I would go with out shoes is if my foot was injured and wrapped appropriately to promote healing. I also expect that society treats me the same way that they would anyone else so I wear shoes just like everyone else is expected to.
                              Now I do understand the need to be different so I occassionaly wear FUNKY mis-matched socks and love it when people ask WHY? I always tell them that matched socks are not a rule of society and its how I choose to express myself. I will also roll in to work with a crazy hat or fluffy pink boa that clash wildly with my outfit just to raise the spirits of employees. Everyone smiles when they see someone having fun with life by mis matching clothing or wearing something that is just crazy out of the box. Not wearing shoes is just asking for trouble in my opinion (injury or declined service at a place of business).
                              DFW TEXAS- T-10 since March 20th, 1994

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