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It's gotta be the shoes: Ohio statehouse visitors ordered to don suitable footwear

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(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - Goodbye, Columbus statehouse visitors whose feet are not properly attired.

What we're trying to say is...visitors to the Ohio statehouse must now wear shoes.

The tougher tootsie-wear policy followed attempts by a barefoot activist to visit the statehouse, contending that going shoeless is a healthy lifestyle. Bob Neinast of the Columbus suburb of Pickerington says his feet hurt when he wears shoes, so he goes barefoot nearly everywhere, even in winter.

Statehouse spokesman Gregg Dodd has said the new requirement was prompted by concerns about public safety.

The rule approved Thursday by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review says all statehouse visitors must be wearing "shoes or comparable footwear."

Question: What kind of footwear is "comparable" to shoes?

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