This article is from the Living Barefoot FAQ, by Paul J. Lucas with numerous contributions by others.
This is almost a silly question. The obvious answer is no. We are not
masochists. Again, walking barefoot _feels good_!
Occasionally, you do step on something uncomfortable and it especially
hurts if it presses into the soft arch. But stepping on uncomfortable
things is greatly reduced by doing one simple thing: Watch where
you're going! You ordinarily do this to avoid walking into fire
hydrants, deep puddles, etc., anyway.
But, despite watching where you're going, you will still step on
something uncomfortable eventually. That's life and you just have to
accept it. Do you know how many times I've injured my hands in my
lifetime? (Getting fingers caught in doors, smashed by hammers, sliced
by knives, burned, knuckles scraped, for example.) Nobody thinks,
"This would not have happened if I wore gloves." You have to have the
same mind-set about your feet and not think that you ought to have
worn shoes because you injured them. The injuries are few an far
between and the intervening pleasure of going barefoot far outweighs