A myth in barefooting is that a wider stance is stronger than a narrow stance.
The myth started in the 1950s when slow boat speeds made the footer ride deeper in the water. The wide stance was thought to enhance balance.
The problem with the myth is that 40 years ago barefooters were happy to step off and hang on for a few seconds. Today, recreational footers are doing sophisticated maneuvers such as wake crossings, toe-holds and surface turns.
A narrow stance is actually better because your feet can support your weight better. This makes barefooting easier and progress quicker, whether you're a tournament or backyard footer.