Sunday, April 30, 2006

Simple Spring & Summer Solutions

The classic flip-flop is just the thing for an easy and affordable warm weather solution to floor protection. They are 100% washable, too! Keep a pair on hand for quick trips outside. Keep a pair for indoor use. Keep a separate pair to wear in the bathroom. Buy a few pairs to have on hand for your guests who are not wearing socks. The classic Old Navy flip-flop, shown here, sells for $3.50 per pair or $2.50 per pair if you buy two or more (they are also sold online but they only ship within the United States, but I am sure that Canada and the UK have similar deals available from other retailers). For the price of filling my gas tank once, I could buy twelve pairs of these flip-flops. Having special indoor shoes does not require breaking the bank!

29 comments:

Rose~ said...

I love flip flops!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Rose~, I thought you did not like your feet? Does the comfort outweigh having them on display?

I am sure your feet are very nice really.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Excellent post, Angie. You are really doing a fantastic job here.

I am glad you agree with me about bathroom flip flops. Something I can do when I have my own place.

And the pair for trips outside is useful. I had to make a trip outside today in my slippers. If it had been my house, I could have had a pair of flip flops by the door to have put on.

With regard to guests not wearing socks, I think they might be uncomfortable wearing somebody else's flip flops. If you do that, just buy personal pairs for family and regular guests, rather than keeping a general supply. Most people would rather go barefoot than wear flip flops that have been worn by somebody else.

For sockless guests who were unprepared, I suggest you offer some clean socks, though they might prefer barefeet anyway.

Those who know about the shoes-off rule can bring their own slippers or socks.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Matthew.

With regard to guests not wearing socks, I think they might be uncomfortable wearing somebody else's flip flops. If you do that, just buy personal pairs for family and regular guests, rather than keeping a general supply.
I quite agree that it would feel weird, but I would certainly consider buying some for regular guests. I included that in part because the same friend who sent me the e-mail about smelly feet and ragged socks also mentioned how disgusting feet get when people wear sandals outside all day (as they do 9 months out of the year in California). It is really quite true - dirt mingles with sweat and oil and it leaves a real mess.

As a relatively new convert I have not developed my own favored practices yet. I can see myself in the future with shoes by every door to the outside and in the bathroom, maybe a pair for the kitchen to avoid tracking food spills into the rest of the house...

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Interesting point about the kitchen.

Sweaty feet are not brilliant and they are not good for carpets, however, I think the dirt on shoes is definitely more disgusting.

In some shoe-removing cultures like Hawaii and Indonesia, barefeet are the norm.

Having forbidden shoes, I would rather leave visitors the option of barefeet if they prefer.

If people have disgusting feet, they would hopefully either bring their own slippers or socks or except the loan of flip flops or socks.

Some outfits might look better with barefeet than socks, slippers or flip flops. That would be a consideration for ladies.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Rose~ said...

I never said that I do not like my feet. I said that I do not like the idea of removing knee high boots that I have been wearing with a skirt - to reveal tube socks underneath! Where did you get it that I don't like my feet? I love my feet.

How beautiful are the feet...

The IBEX Scribe said...

I thought about the kitchen because I have a tendency to spill, drop, drip or otherwise get food on the floor. It's one of my special talents.

Some outfits might look better with barefeet than socks, slippers or flip flops. That would be a consideration for ladies.

That is why I wear "fun" socks. Foot fashion is far more than just shoes. Taking of my shoes gives me a reason to show off the socks! ;) But seriously, what we wear on our feet indoors is not about what goes well with what we are wearing.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Rose~ on your blog, in a post aobut your son, you quoted yourself saying that your feet were not very nice or something along those lines.

Had I misunderstood you?

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Angie, I am absolutley in favour of you having control over what you allow to walk on your floor.

This blog is about encouraging people to remove their shoes and aksing guests to remove their shoes.

In most of the cultures where shoes are removed in homes, barefeet are viewed as acceptable and shoes are viewed as dirty. Most of those are hot countries like California.

Many people in non-shoe removing cultures view barefeet as disgusting. You rightly demonstrate in this post and the last that this need not be an obsatcle to having a shoes-off policy.

While I am aware that barefeet are not ideal for carpets, I do not share the view that they are disgusting.

I like to go barefoot at home in summer and I think it would be unfair for me to forbid others to do so, after insisting on their removing their shoes.

I think the fact that many people like to go barefoot is helpful to the cause of encouraging removal shoes in homes.

I would rather put up with people's sweaty feet than all the muck on their shoes.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Redeemed said...

Flip flops are great!

I have flip flops in almost every colour you can think of, and as you mentioned, some are strickty for the house and some are just to run some errands, like grocery shopping.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I could not walk anywhere in flip flops; my feet are really narrow. They would never stay on my feet.

God Bless

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

I don't think that bare feet are disgusting. What is disgusting is the grime that builds up on feet when one wears sandals outdoors all day. It rubs off on the floors, too.

I would generally only wear flip flops inside or for very quick trips outside (to check the mail, for instance, or out on the porch) since I cannot walk far in them without my feet starting to cramp in the arches from trying to hold them on. I wear "athletic" sandals that strap on.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, I suppose that is why people in Biblical times had their feet washed.

Maybe we should do that for our guests.

My feet are the wrong shape for sandals, just far too narrow.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

There is a difference, I suppose between a person wearing sandals all day while working in the garden and a lady who comes to a dinner party in expensive, high-heeled sandals with pedicured and (obviously) clean feet. That lady might reasonably be allowed to go barefoot having removedher flashy shoes if she thought that would look better with her outfit.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Matthew, you are right - that IS why they washed feet, and I think knowing how much stuff ends up on your feet here I can imagine how terrible I would consider feet that had walked along dusty Israeli roads. Washing someone's feet was not a pleasant job, certainly! I have thought about biblical references to removing shoes as a possible "food for thought" post.

Rather than washing your guests feet (which might weird them out) you could put a container of travel wipes by the door and if they are concerned about their feet they could opt to use them for a quick surface cleaning. I do not think that I would tell my guests to wash their feet unless I knew them well and if I decided that washing their feet for them was a good idea I would warn them to expect it!

And, yes, there is a big difference between the woman's fashion and the one who has been in the garden. The woman might be wearing some sort of sheer stockings with her shoes, so flip flops are not an option in that case anyway. I would offer her socks in that case because I know that such stockings can catch and tear on the smallest snag or be damaged by any rough flooring surface (tile grout, for example), out of courtesy and not out of concern for my floors - I guess that's the female perspective on that one!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Yes, it is great to have a female perspective here, though I have not forgotten Sarah's regular visits.

I understand bare legs are more common in the UK on smartly dressed women. I think the USA, stockings are viewed as essential with a suit, while in Britain women will go without stockings all year round, no matter what the outfit is.

I agree, washing feet is not really the best idea, but I was not serious.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Carey said...

Like Sarah, I've got flip-flops in nearly every color (it seems) -- and even Old Navy ones! They're the next best thing to bare feet. And they're quite nice because I have wide feet and those cute little girlie shoes don't work with my feet (which is probably why I prefer the combat boot).

The IBEX Scribe said...

I agree, washing feet is not really the best idea, but I was not serious. A little bit of sarcasm employed in your comment? ;) I do dislike the fact that one cannot include vocal intonation in written communication. Perhaps if I had gotten a little bit more sleep over the past few days I might have picked up on that.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sorry, Angie. Maybe I should have said lol. I like to be subtle though.

I would probably have use my normal tone if I said it aloud.

God Bless

Matthew

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Carey, I think flip flops look very nice, but I could never where them very far with my narrow feet.

Maybe if I lived in a hot country I would try to get used to them.

I hear they have narrow feet in Finland. Maybe next time I visit Finland, I should buy some sandals and flip flops.

Interesting that women can get away with wearing flip flops as smart/ casual wear (at least in Britain), while a man could never wear flip flops as smart/ casual.

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

The IBEX Scribe said...

Please don't say "lol" if you would deliver your sarcastic remarks in a normal tone. I have confused people quite a bit over the years with my sarcasm. A lot of them just can't tell when I am being serious. Subtle humor is, in my opinion, some of the best humor.

Redeemed said...

Tue, Matthew never says lol! Though I'm certain he finds some our comments funny.

When my best friend comes over I usually offer her a pair of socks. That is usually in winter and only because she loves my "funky" socks. I have socks with pigs, cows, turtles, monkeys and smiley faces.

In summer, though, she usually removes her shoes and walks barefeet. I prefer wearing flips in the house.

Sorry if I went a bit off-topic here!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, it is great that you and your friend practice shoes-off all year round. Canada must be a far better place than England.

Would I come across as more human if I expressed emotions in my comments?

Every Blessing in Christ

Matthew

Redeemed said...

I'm sure England is great too. I knew a few English here in Montreal and they are wonderful. One is my neighbour!

I just think it would be funny to see you say "lol".

You come across just fine, Matthew. I think women are gigglers.

My best friend and I are always quoting "laughter doeth good like medecine" when our church people think we are crazy!

The IBEX Scribe said...

No, you are quite human as it is. You might come across as less British, however... The English don't have the most emotive reputation in the world.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Thanks, Sarah and Angie.

Carey said...

It would be funny to see Matthew use "lol."

And Matthew, I agree with Angie and Sarah.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I have written lol before, but it does not seem very dignified.

I think I tend to treat comments like letter-writing.

God Bless

Matthew

Carey said...

I noticed... because nobody signs their comments except you.