These Two College Hunks Go Barefoot (And Shirtless) On UNC’s Campus

Best buds Hunter Brake and Jonah Howell, are leaving their shoes at home and letting their feet get fresh air every day around The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a nice day, the two friends go shirtless and wear tiny shorts to class.

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“You wake up every morning and decide to put shoes on. That’s one less decision I have to make,” Brake told the Daily Tar Heel. “Shoes don’t do anything for me.”

Brake, a senior music major, said he decided to do what felt right for him after realizing he didn’t quite fit in with other freshman on campus.

“I just got weirder and weirder and found a way to make it pleasantly ironic,” he said.

Brake says not wearing shoes is a personal choice for him and he doesn’t care about what other people think. “I do it because it’s comfortable,” he said. “I just like it. I don’t think anything of it.”

Howell, a sophomore linguistics major, said: “I have no self,” he said. “If I have no self, then how would I wear shoes?”


Howell says his relationship with Brake blossomed over lunch at Rams Head Dining Hall. “We ran into each other in Rams and had this really bland, sterile conversation that lasted about three months,” Howell said.

The Daily Tar Heel adds:

They came to have many things in common and are now on the same club gymnastics team. Their unique friendship means their interactions are never boring. Brake and Howell bounce ideas off each other and find themselves sharing many of the same thoughts, making their friendship special. “We play Ping-Pong with an idea until it just explodes into a flame,” Brake said. Howell chose a different simile to describe their friendship: “It’s like yelling into a megaphone in an amphitheater.”

Starting to feel like nobody will ever take me seriously again

Posted by Hunter Brake on Friday, November 1, 2013