I think the best way I can explain this is because being a Naturist and being a barefooter is two different lifestyles. I can understand the confusion being both a Naturist and a newly barefooter enough to say that if I put aside the lifestyle as a barefooter, Naturists prefer a cleaner lifestyle. In that what I mean is that as a Naturist we rather or prefer to live a life being as clean as possible. so that being said, many Naturists (not all) like to keep their feet clean because once they need to go somewhere indoors such as a Naturist resort they don’t want to track in that local mud hole you just visited inside the resort or your very home.
As a barefooter (putting aside my Naturist lifestyle) I’ll walk in whatever comes to me and I would not skip the opportunity of something like a mud hole or new sensations to feel on my feet. Much like the naturist lifestyle, there are many health benefits to being a barefooter as much as benefits in the Naturist lifestyle. Such as this site, by Health Guidance that explains as such.
I have been a Naturist for most of my life and only been dabbing in to the barefoot lifestyle for 4 years — yet only been going to public stores and venues since July. Already I have been seeing some signs of the benefits on being barefoot recently when I had stepped on a glass shard and it never hurt me. I actually thought it was a rock sticking to my foot until I tried to brush it off with my hand and actually felt it being a shard of glass. I carefully removed it and I was on my way like nothing ever happened.
If you’d like to learn more on the barefoot lifestyle I’m part of the group on Facebook and their page on Facebook & on Twitter called Barefoot is Legal. Check them out as they have helped me as much as I like to help you in the Naturist lifestyle.