Though I have not been writing about it much these past couple years I have continued to go about barefoot from spring to fall ever since I started doing so in 2010. It has become a bit of a thing in the eye of the public though very few people actually go full on barefoot. Generally they buy minimalist shoes that kind of feel like going barefoot and hope to gain all the benefits without the risk of punctured feet and rude shopkeepers.
538 did a piece rounding up the available research on the topic of minimalist shoes and the general conclusion is that it is probably a good idea for most people but that the data is very limited. Certainly there are some people that should be using minimalist shoes, some that should be using thick shoes, and for nearly everyone it makes only a small difference.
Generally speaking my experiences with going about barefoot have been positive. Most of the time I get strange looks and stares but occasionally something more interesting happens. This summer I was approached twice on the subway by curious people and both times the interaction was pleasant. One of them wanted to show me pictures of her home country (it was someplace tropical but I can't recall which country) and describe how going barefoot there made so much sense. The other was worried about talking to me about it because he wasn't sure if I was going barefoot because I couldn't afford shoes or because I disdain to wear them.
I had yet another store hassle me about going barefoot this year though this time they were much more willing to bend. They talked to me because other customers were complaining that they allowed me in the store with no shoes on. Seriously people, this is your problem? That the local grocery store isn't enforcing a dress code and keeping out the weirdos? First world problems, right there. At any rate, when I said to the manager of the store "Oh, no worries, I will just shop somewhere else then." they responded by assuring me I could still shop but that they wished I would wear shoes so they wouldn't get more complaints. Small victories, I suppose.
However, the time for bare feet has passed in Toronto. It is now definitely too cold for me to do that so I have begun wearing socks and shoes like a chump. My eclectic habits seem to be piling up as I age - I am going to be one weird ass old man.