For someone not planning to compete, is there anything wrong with low bar squatting bare foot?[/quote]
Do so at your own risk. I know people that do, but I would stick with a firm, flat soled shoe, like a pair of Chuck Taylors. They are cheap, durable, and perfect for squatting in.
If you want to try barefoot squatting, there’s no law against it, but just keep in mind a few things:
Your bare feet have no protection against falling weights, and exposed toes have the ability to clip and get stubbed on the stupidest things.
If your feet start to sweat, make sure they’re dry, and the surface is dry before you do a set (you don’t want to slip with a lot of weight on your back).
Many people like the ankle support for a high top. Flat footed squats will incorporate way more calf than elevated heel squats, so extra stability isn’t a bad thing.
On the flip side, many people deadlift barefoot, in socks and in slippers. I’ve done all those, and stick with deadlift slippers or my Chucks.
Of course, at the end of the day it all comes down to what you prefer, so try it and see what you think.
I read this and your other post (which was much more extensive), can you share your background a little bit? Just so people reading these posts know where their information is coming from? It usually helps in these forums to give a bit of qualification when giving advice, especially for your first few posts. Thanks in advance, welcome to TNation!