Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mail Online: Such good manners! Adorable four-year-old pays tribute to her Asian upbringing by removing dolls' shoes before letting them go into her Barbie Dream House

Mail Online: Such good manners! Adorable four-year-old pays tribute to her Asian upbringing by removing dolls' shoes before letting them go into her Barbie Dream House



In many Asian homes, it's considered good manners to take your shoes off before entering, since shoes can drag in germs from outside the house.

And it's clear one little girl California has learned that lesson all too well from her parents. In fact, she's even passing it on to her Barbies.

Korra Lam, an adorable four-year-old from Orange County, was caught playing by her big half-sister sister, who noticed that the little girl had her dolls take off their high heels and slippers before going inside Barbie's Dream House.


I approve of this girl's sensibilities, but I am a little surprised this made it into the news (I suppose you can blame it on Twitter). I am sure there must be many little girls who do this with their Barbie dolls.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Public Toilets

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The Telegraph: Why you should join the slipperati and take your shoes off at work

The Telegraph: Why you should join the slipperati and take your shoes off at work

by Radhika Sanghani

Yet it is not just schools leading the way in the no-shoe movement. In Sweden, the country that gave us hygge and better shared paternity laws, slippers are now the footwear du jour in a growing number of start-ups and new companies.

David Brudo, the CEO and founder of mental health app Remente, was one of the first to create a no-shoe policy in his company’s offices in Gothenburg. “If you can have a relaxing office etiquette it can be very positive for workplace performance and how you experience stress and productivity,” explains the 37-year-old. “If you’re comfortable you’re less prone to feel stress and perform better.

“In Sweden you always take off your shoes when you get into a home. What happens is doing that communicates to your body and mind that you’re more at home and comfortable, so things get a bit more quiet and relaxed. You see the same benefits in the workplace.”

ITV: A new approach to learning - with no shoes

ITV: A new approach to learning - with no shoes



It's a new approach to teaching that may sound eccentric - but some believe making children take their shoes off at school is making a real difference to their learning

The concept is on the rise around the world.

Supporters say it makes classrooms quieter and calmer and pupils more relaxed and willing to work.

Christine Alsford has been to Lanesend Primary at Cowes on the Isle of Wight where they are hailing their 'shoes off' policy a success.



This is an old story, but it has a nice video of a British shoe-free school in action. I like the fact the no exceptions approach, with teachers and visitors removing their shoes as well as the pupils.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Homemaking Cottage: Why You Should Not Wear Shoes in Your Home

Homemaking Cottage: Why You Should Not Wear Shoes in Your Home

"In many countries around the word, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering a home. It only makes sense. Do you have any idea what gets tracked into your home by way of your shoes? Think of the places where you walk outside your home: parks, asphalt, sports fields, work sites, public restrooms, and gas stations."

Friday, February 03, 2017

Doctor Steven Park: An Allergist’s Nightmare: The Micro-Poop Theory

Doctor Steven Park: An Allergist’s Nightmare: The Micro-Poop Theory

"Let’s say the next day the same dog poops again in the same
spot and the owner doesn’t clean up. The building
superintendent happens to be watering the garden, notices
the dog feces, and hoses it away towards the street into
the gutter. You then walk by a few minutes later, and step
in the area where the poop used to be, but you don’t notice
this since it’s now covered in a thin layer of water. You
walk through the lobby and up to your apartment.
Now this is where it starts to get really problematic. Many
people assume walking over lobby carpeting or the door mat
in front of your apartment would have wiped any residual
poop particles off your shoe. But think about this: if you
step in poop and take a towel and wipe it off vigorously,
is it really off? Even if it’s a wet towel, can you be
truly certain that your shoes are truly free of all fecal
matter?

This situation doesn’t just apply to dog poop. This also
applies to human phlegm, gum, dog urine, bird poop,
chemicals, car oil, pollutants, bacteria and molds and
whatever else you might find on the sidewalks of New York
City at any time of the day. How many different kinds of
germs or chemicals, organic or non-organic, are still stuck
to the bottom of your shoe when you enter your apartment?
“Yes”, you say, “but I clean the floors all the time with
disinfectant cleaning agents”. My answer to that is, “Yes,
you can mop the floors every day, but you literally can’t
mop after every new footstep”. Your carpet is like the
towel that you originally used to wipe your shoes off with,
only now you’re living on it. Even worse, you let your 8
month old toddler crawl on your freshly mopped floor, not
realizing that it’s already been contaminated by your
husband after he came home, bringing home his daily dog
poop."


Excellent article on the risks of bringing just traces of fecal matter into your home.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

It really can affect people

My neighbour told me yesterday that the lady above her wears shoes in her apartment and is constantly stomping around on the wood floor. My neighbour is very frustrated by all the racket. She said she had complained to the lady, but she had not changed her behaviour. I suggested that she buy this woman a pair of slippers as a polite nudge.

If you live in an apartment block, you really need to think about the people beneath you and stop wearing shoes inside.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

reddit: Hello, Europe! Do you wear shoes indoors?

reddit: Hello, Europe! Do you wear shoes indoors?


Another discussion on reddit about what the custom is in different European countries. The big cleavage comes out between Scandinavian and Central/ East Europeans who all remove their shoes and those from Mediterranean countries where shoes are kept on in homes. At one point somebody wonders if religion has something to do with the difference, but then it is quickly established that it cuts across Orthodox/ Catholic/ Protestant lines.

It's kind of interesting that the shoes off/ on border in the south-east is between Greece and her northern neighbours, Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. I don't quite get why this should be. Greece shares religion with Macedonians, Bulgarians and some Albanians and all of them were under Ottoman rule. Climate might be a difference, but winters in Greece can't be that much milder than those in Albania or Bulgaria. Is it down to the fact that Greece was not under Communism?

The original poster is from Bugaria. He says that removing shoes in his country is not down to tradition, but just the practicality of keeping out dirt. I've heard some people in Bulgaria would like to move away from removing shoes because it's uncool, meaning un-western, but no doubt practicality will prevent that. Removing shoes may be uncool, but that doesn't make the streets any cleaner.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Reader's Digest: 7 Reasons to Take Off Your Shoes the Minute You Walk in the House

Reader's Digest: 7 Reasons to Take Off Your Shoes the Minute You Walk in the House

by Stephanie Smith

Not everything carried in on your sneakers is invisible to the naked eye. Dust and dirt built up from your shoes can easily be carried into your living quarters. Even if it’s not toxic, carrying dust and debris in from the park or trail isn’t ideal. Remove your shoes to keep things clean and tidy, and think about investing in a doormat to catch anything you might track in before you undo your laces.

It is interesting that the author assumes the reader is living in a trailer park. Certainly those living in muddy trailer parks definitely should be keen to go shoe-free.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Christmas Present




My parents gave me a set of guest slippers as a Christmas present. It contains four different sizes of felt slippers made in Denmark.

While my parents obviously thought this was a good idea and I'm grateful for their thoughtfulness, I think most British people are likely to be finicky about wearing slippers that have been worn by others. This is especially so as these slippers cannot be washed.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Nordic Habits Die Hard

My mother had a Finnish lady over as a guest this New Year. She insisted the woman should keep her boots on when she came in, but the lady insisted on taking them off. Trying to get a Finn to keep her shoes on in the house is not going to work.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Is Dirt Good for Children?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Daily Mail: Do YOU ask guests to take their shoes off when they arrive at your house? One mother says visitors who don't make her ‘blood boil’ – but others insist it’s ‘common’

Daily Mail: Do YOU ask guests to take their shoes off when they arrive at your house? One mother says visitors who don't make her ‘blood boil’ – but others insist it’s ‘common’

A mother who insists upon guests removing their shoes when they visit her house has sparked a furious debate online.

The woman told Mumsnet it makes her 'blood boil' when her in-laws walk through her house in their outdoor shoes - but some women said asking guests to take them off was 'common' or 'suburban'.


Mumsnet is such a warzone.