Rainy Side View: Shoes or barefoot?

Coming from a place where the preferred footwear used to be none, I have always been bemused by the preoccupation with shoes. In magazines and on television are scores of shoe ads. Closets hold an array of shoes: low heels, mid heels, high heels, no heels; round toe, pointy toe, open toe; sling back, half back, no back. Straps? One across the foot top, two criss-crossing, one wrapped around the ankle, heading up the calf. And colors! More offerings than samples in a paint store.