Bare breasts, bare feet

As those of you who have been with me for a while will know, I have an exploration underway into having unfettered breasts. I’m ample enough up top to have spent the last twenty years strapped up, so building up the capability to go unstrapped is taking time.

At Druid Camp this year I had chance to play with a few possibilities in a safe space. I spent the week mostly barefoot, sometimes with a bra, sometimes with a bikini top that offered far less support, sometimes loose under whatever top I had on. As I had suspisioned, being bare foot on grass makes a lot of odds. Most of us walk differently with no shoes on, tending to drop pace and place bare feet more gently. This reduces impact and means there is less swing generated further up.

Soft earth and grass doesn’t impact as much when you walk on it – I’ve done plenty of barefoot walking on tarmac and the difference is huge. The jarring impact of putting feet onto a hard surface jolts the free-range breast about rather a lot, making walking uncomfortable. It’s also hard on your feet. Softer surfaces make bare foot walking more viable, and reduce impact on the breasts. I find I can jog short distances barefoot on grass with little or no breast support. Neither feet nor chest could bear that on a hard, urban surface.

The moral of the research at this stage seem to be, if you want to be in a natural state, you need to be in a natural state. The more artificial your habitat is, the more you will suffer if you don’t protect breasts and feet from the consequences.

If you’re wondering about all the sticks and stones inherent in natural places… if you are barefoot you learn to pick your way carefully, and you don’t end up with the same rhythms. On rough terrain, you walk differently. With tarmac and concrete we can march vigorously over many miles, battering that tempo into our bodies. It’s worth remembering that the Roman roads were built precisely so they could march armies about quickly. Roads, tarmac and cement come from our desire to be places faster than our bodies are designed for. Modify your habitat and you have to modify your body to cope, hence shoes become more important, and you can’t run without a bra once you have shoes and a hard surface.

I’ve gone over to softer bras with no metal underwiring, and to floating about unfettered where I can. But, depending on my feet for transport, and having no choice about the surfaces which get me where I need to go, I’ve got to have boots to deal with the impact of the surface, and I’ve got to have chest support to deal with the impact of the boots on that surface. The more you can match your shoes to the needs of your breasts, the better this is going to work, though.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, wife to the most amazing artist -Tom Brown. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

9 responses to “Bare breasts, bare feet

  • Potia

    Wondering out of curiosity if you have tried a corset with a lycra vest underneath? I’m one of natures more heavily endowed women and really enjoy the bra off in the evening time. I’ve found that sometimes wearing a good corset with a small fitting lycra rich vest underneath is a comfortable alternative to a bra, even a good fitting bra. It’s not so practical for certain household chores or sitting in certain types of seats though. Personally I also find corset use to reduce some of the lower back ache I can get even though I don’t wear a corset that often.

    • Nimue Brown

      I bought a dress with a stretchy corset style top to it recently, and that worked well. I don’t get on with anything that puts pressure on the midriff, as mine is grumpy enough at the best of times! I have experimented with binding in the past, but that’s time consuming.

  • Midwestern Plant Girl

    Interesting read. I’d love to burn all my bras and shoes! 😃 If you start a movement to ban these things, I’ll join ya sis-ta!

  • verdant1

    Fascinating – I was just talking about this on the weekend with a bunch of well-endowed friends. I hadn’t experimented consciously with nature vs hard surfaces, but that makes a lot of sense. I tend to go for reduced support on my weekends and days off, when I’m mostly barefoot round home (wooden floors) and better support for at-work days in the concrete jungle. I’m hoping to transition to yoga-type bras for most times, but will bear your observations in mind.

  • Éilis Niamh

    So, do you have to see to pick your way over the stones etc in grass or in the woods? Tree roots and logs could possibly be memorized if you went a certain place again and again, but sticks and stones just kind of get bumped around. How much are you relying on sight vs. feel when not wearing shoes? I can’t see at all and keep stubbing my toes on stuff and don’t know what on earth I’m going to step on, which I find intimidating. Do you have to look at the ground a lot?

    Incidentally, hard surfaces make it difficult to move quietly too even if you are sighted. But your observation that natural landscape makes it easier to run without a bra is really interesting and answers some questions I’ve been pondering. I personally wear bras but know people who don’t, and always wonder how they run long distances that way. Thanks for doing the experiment!

    • Nimue Brown

      Feet toughen up a surprising amount, at the moment I can manage gravel and thistles. There’s a knack to scanning the ground for prickly plants, densities of stone and so forth, and seeing the easiest way through, which just gets easier with practice. So yes, what I’m doing is largely sight based, however, I can’t see at all well in the dark, and I find the answer there is to slow down and let my feet feel their way – if you don’t move at speed or commit weight, you can test things out without hurting so much, and if you know a space is safe, that’s easier. A staff might be a helpful addition to the mix.

      The really big problems are also human made – broken glass and rusty metal, but those can also get you through shoes.

  • Druid Dave

    Sent you a Private Email. 😉

  • Sylvia Pearson

    Just got back from Superspirit to read a plethora of your ruminations. I feel so fortunate not to be well endowed. It was an interesting experience, having a cleavage and Boobs when a breast feeding mother, and realising I felt no envy but relief when I returned to my modest self. I do feel concern though about the Tarmac walking, and have heard we are better suited to uneven surfaces. Could be interesting to ruminate how much better it was for us to need to be aware of the ground we walk on. Also on a completely different note, the last sentence of your blog would make a wonderful bawdy song xxx.

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