Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015

It's that time of year again. We have come to the end of the Cannes Film Festival and once again we have seen lots of celebrities on shoe-free yachts, looking glamorous in spite of their lack of heels. Images brought you by the Daily Mail.

Just remember, if it's glamorous on a yacht, it's glamorous at a dinner party.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Forgetting something, Kim?

Daily Mail: The moment every woman dreads: Kim Kardashian is forced to remove her heels as she goes through airport security

Woah! Hold on a minute there!

I'm sure I have seen dozens of photos of Kim Kardashian having to remove her shoes at airport security. It seems unlikely that she forgot this time. Perhaps she hoped the TSA officers would not notice she still had her stilettos on during the security check. They did not and she was sent back to remove them.

That's more like it

Monday, May 18, 2015

Or was it her decision?

Sue Arnold: Friends, Yam-Yams and countrymen and women . . . you can take the girl out of Walsall but you can’t take Walsall out of the girl

I reported that an unsuccessful Conservative parliamentary candidate had been required to remove her high heeled shoes to protect the floor of the venue at the election count. However, on her blog she implies it was her own decision to remove them:

The reason for my ‘no shoe’ floor show was simple. My high heels could seriously damage the floor of the university’s Walsall campus sports centre where the count was taking place – and I have far more respect for the surface than to just keep pacing up and down causing unnecessary damage.

It's encouraging to see a Conservative candidate showing such courtesy and respect. Of course, a Conservative would see the value of maintaining property paid for by hard-working tax-payers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Conservative Candidate asked to remove her shoes at election count

Demotix: Conservative candidate asked to remove shoes at election count station

Conservative Party Candidate Sue Arnold was asked to remove her high heel shoes for risk of damaging the wooden basketball floor at the Walsall Constituency vote count station on the basketball court at The University of Wolverhampton.

Unusually practical, but it seems a bit unfair to make only those ladies wearing high heeled shoes remove them. They might have had their feet trampled by the people wearing shoes.

At the election, I stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for Stevenage Borough Council (I came second). I therefore attended both the general and local election counts just over a week ago. Like this count in Walsall, the counts were held in a sports hall. However, the floor was in a terrible state of repair; covered in scratches and black marks. Presumably this was a result of being regularly used for public events. It was a sad sight.

When I was at sixth-form, exams were held in the gym, but they used to lay down plastic sheeting to protect the floor from the students' shoes. If they were not prepared to ask for shoes off at the election count, they could have could at least have done that.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mahogany Drive: No Shoes Allowed

Mahogany Drive: No Shoes Allowed

What about my flip flops? Can I wear those in the house?
Do you wear them outside?
Yes, but they aren't real shoes.
Do you wear them in public restrooms?
Then you can't wear them in the house.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Sidorovs

This is not new. I've seen it on a few places on the web, including on DeviantArt. I don't know who the original artist is.

The Sidorovs are the Simpsons re-designed as a Russian family, with all the tropes of everyday Russian life, such as the icon on the wall and drinking Baltica beer. Like all Russians, they are all wearing slippers at home.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Pinoy Transplant in Iowa: Shoeless Party

Pinoy Transplant in Iowa: Shoeless Party

'Filipinos and shoes have some kind of notoriety, when Imelda Marcos was found to have more than 2000 pairs of shoes that she left behind in MalacaƱang Palace during the People Power Revolution in 1986. But that is a different subject altogether.

Not just in the Philippines, but many Asian countries have this common custom of taking off their shoes when entering their own home or somebody’s home. The practice is more cultural rather than religious. It also has a practical reason for it, like in Japan, where they sit, eat, and even sleep on the floor, so keeping street shoes off would maintain the cleanliness of the floor.'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Samantha Cameron demonstrates Modern British Etiquette

Daily Mail: Time for a pedicure? SamCam shows off a set of polish-free toenails after removing her shoes while taking tea with a voter

Samantha Cameron removed her shoes while visiting the home of a voter. It's great to see a public figure like the prime minister's wife doing this. It shows that removing shoes in homes is pretty much the norm for most people in Britain today.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mumsnet: To ban the wearing of shoes in our house?

Mumsnet: To ban the wearing of shoes in our house?

More polarised debate on Mumsnet. Both shoes-off and shoes-on views are strongly represented there.

The people who say "We don't wear shoes in the house, but we would never ask guests" are not the middle-ground in this debate; they are on the shoes-on side. Nobody is debating whether you should take your own shoes off or make your children remove their shoes. The big question is whether you should ask guests for shoes-off.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fry Sauce and Grits: 12 Creative Ways to Ask Guests to Take Off their Shoes

Fry Sauce and Grits: 12 Creative Ways to Ask Guests to Take Off their Shoes

'Remember, your house is your home and you set the rules at your house. It’s never rude to enforce rules in your home. If people don’t follow your rules, they’re the ones being rude and disrespectful for not caring about you as an individual and the rules you’ve set place in your home.'

Saturday, April 04, 2015

I am now a Catholic

Not that it has anything to do with removing shoes in homes, but I am now a Catholic. I was received into the Catholic Church at tonight's Easter Vigil Mass.

Many thanks to Bob from North Carolina and his wife for being a great example of Catholics who keep a shoe-free home.