Are Halflings Still Mostly Barefoot?


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It may be a dumb question, but I'm genuinely curious about it. I know Wizards of the Coast are trying to move away from halflings being basically hobbits. I was wondering if Paizo was doing the same thing with Starfinder, since all art and miniatures of halflings so far have footwear.

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They are barefoot, but as far as I know, there's no reason why your halfling can't use footwear. It's not like dwarves and beards, where a shaven dwarf is seen as a madman.


I was asking mainly for roleplay purposes. My first Starfinder character I really played was a Halfling Envoy, and I had her barefoot. Even if most halflings didn't do like that, I could still just call her a bit of a "traditionalist" or something.


The female halfling on the legacy chapter has a full suit of armor, with matching shoes.

And on armor functionality:

Quote:

Most suits of armor consist of a helmet, gloves, boots, and

a bodysuit that offers head-to-toe protection. Unless otherwise
specified, the boots include a functionality that can anchor your
feet to a solid surface in a zero-gravity environment, allowing you
to orient yourself or return to normal footing when needed

pg. 196

While environmental protections can be explained on force fields, I doubt they could also be used as anchors.


I don't understand why you would tell me that the legacy Halfling picture has shoes when I already mentioned that all the current artwork of halflings have shoes, but ok.

I think it would be a simple matter to make the anchors as strips that go under the arch of the foot, making the lower armor look something like stirrup leggings.


Azalah wrote:
I think it would be a simple matter to make the anchors as strips that go under the arch of the foot, making the lower armor look something like stirrup leggings.

So the answer is no.


The Ragi wrote:
Azalah wrote:
I think it would be a simple matter to make the anchors as strips that go under the arch of the foot, making the lower armor look something like stirrup leggings.
So the answer is no.

Answer to what? If they are barefoot? Do you consider a one inch strip along the arch as shoes? Because that's still pretty barefoot from my point of view.


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In the far future, they finally made footwear that fits properly.


Handmade footwear fits really well. Halflings still preferred to go barefoot just because they liked it better.


Why would you go barefoot in space? Theres the vacuum, cold metal grating, hot pipes, sharp edges(stub toe sharp not cut your throat sharp) and it makes your feet a huge unarmored target prepare to lose some toes. Eac covers energy damage not physical damage it will stop the heat thats coming off a hot pipe from burning you but it wont stop the hot pipe itself from touching and transferring the heat that way.


ghostunderasheet wrote:
Why would you go barefoot in space? Theres the vacuum, cold metal grating, hot pipes, sharp edges(stub toe sharp not cut your throat sharp) and it makes your feet a huge unarmored target prepare to lose some toes. Eac covers energy damage not physical damage it will stop the heat thats coming off a hot pipe from burning you but it wont stop the hot pipe itself from touching and transferring the heat that way.

Would you go barefoot in a fantasy setting? There's sharp rocks, caltrops, arrows, swordsman, lava, snowy landscapes...

Oh, halflings do. And so do many monks.


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Why would halflings go barefoot? Because as a species, they have feet well-adapted for walking on the ground unshod, much moreso than their cousins the humans and dwarves and elves. If your feet already provide essentially the same protection as shoes or boots, why would you routinely wear more?

Note, "Because I need a space suit" is a perfectly valid reason. As is "Because its fashionable in my culture". I imagine there are lines of halfing-oriented shoes and boots that provide aesthetics and protection while as closely approximating bareness as possible.


Metaphysician wrote:

Note, "Because I need a space suit" is a perfectly valid reason. As is "Because its fashionable in my culture". I imagine there are lines of halfing-oriented shoes and boots that provide aesthetics and protection while as closely approximating bareness as possible.

It would be pretty easy to just cover the feet in a protective shield. There are already armors that don't have sleeves, shoes, pants, or helmets with them as standard.

Besides, space ships and stations are, in general, a fairly clean affair. There are probably hoover-like drones that just clean the floors. I would imagine there are plenty of halflings that can go their entire life and not have to set foot on bare ground if they don't want to.

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While this isn't official, I would imagine that, having spread to many worlds, different groups of halflings have different norms in regards to barefootedness.

For those who are fine with boots, that's easy. But clearly foot-straps and environmental fields can manage the same effect.


Owen K. C. Stephens wrote:

While this isn't official, I would imagine that, having spread to many worlds, different groups of halflings have different norms in regards to barefootedness.

For those who are fine with boots, that's easy. But clearly foot-straps and environmental fields can manage the same effect.

Thanks for the response! Even if it isn't official, it does answer my question.


Honestly, I never really thought of halflings as particularly opposed to boots. They're practical. They don't need to wear footwear normally, so they don't. If they do need to, for some particular job or environment, they would.
Most wouldn't bother with hacks like energy fields and magnetic strips, just so they can technically be barefoot.

Much like in days of old, they probably had overshoe kind of things for mucking out the barn - so they could take them off to avoid tracking manure everywhere.


thejeff wrote:

Honestly, I never really thought of halflings as particularly opposed to boots. They're practical. They don't need to wear footwear normally, so they don't. If they do need to, for some particular job or environment, they would.

Most wouldn't bother with hacks like energy fields and magnetic strips, just so they can technically be barefoot.

Much like in days of old, they probably had overshoe kind of things for mucking out the barn - so they could take them off to avoid tracking manure everywhere.

According to the description of halflings in Pathfinder, there is a case to be made that some are opposed to boots.

"They prefer to walk barefoot, leading the bottoms of their feet to become roughly calloused."

They normally don't wear shoes because there is no need for them to wear shoes. Their feet are able to handle generally whatever they need to walk over. Sure, some exceptions could be made, but I think for those in Starfinder that still traditionally go barefoot, they would bother with the "hacks."


Azalah wrote:
thejeff wrote:

Honestly, I never really thought of halflings as particularly opposed to boots. They're practical. They don't need to wear footwear normally, so they don't. If they do need to, for some particular job or environment, they would.

Most wouldn't bother with hacks like energy fields and magnetic strips, just so they can technically be barefoot.

Much like in days of old, they probably had overshoe kind of things for mucking out the barn - so they could take them off to avoid tracking manure everywhere.

According to the description of halflings in Pathfinder, there is a case to be made that some are opposed to boots.

"They prefer to walk barefoot, leading the bottoms of their feet to become roughly calloused."

They normally don't wear shoes because there is no need for them to wear shoes. Their feet are able to handle generally whatever they need to walk over. Sure, some exceptions could be made, but I think for those in Starfinder that still traditionally go barefoot, they would bother with the "hacks."

Right, that's what I was going off of. They prefer to walk barefoot, not "They have an extreme aversion to boots under any circumstances".

Assuming that tradition kept up, I'd expect them to continue to prefer to go barefoot, but wear boots when necessary. Walk around the station barefoot. Put the magnetic boots on when you need to go EVA and stick to the hull.
Much like I would expect heavy armor halfling knights of the Pathfinder era to wear armored boots, not greaves and bare feet.

Some might well be more fanatic about it, but most would be practical.


thejeff wrote:


Much like I would expect heavy armor halfling knights of the Pathfinder era to wear armored boots, not greaves and bare feet.

Some might well be more fanatic about it, but most would be practical.

You may expect it, but just google "Halfling Armor" and several images will pop up with halflings in full armor, minus the boots. And as long as a foot-strap or projector can just be added to the armor to replace the need of boots for EVA at no extra cost, I can most certainly see many halflings still going barefoot in space.


Crocs.

It's the only answer.


Egyptoid wrote:

Crocs.

It's the only answer.

Heresy!

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