Tuesday, October 31, 2006

An Observation

I have noticed that people are more likely to remove their shoes in public places when they are wearing sandals or flip flops, as opposed to closed shoes worn with socks.

I suppose their are a number of reasons for this. Sandals and flip flops are easier to remove than sneakers with laces or knee-high boots. People's feet are likely to smell less if they have been wearing open shoes. Also, when people are wearing sandals, their feet are half-naked anyway.

Thus, I suppose the trend for people to wear sandals for a greater part of the year is very positive for shoe-free homes. It seems like only a few years ago when British people wore sandals for about one week in August and when they went abroad. These days, a lot of British people, especially women, seem to wear sandals and flip flops throughout the year, even in winter. Maybe it has something to do with the warmer weather (I am not expressing here any opinion on climate change).

13 comments:

missmellifluous said...

We have two extremes here in Sydney, we go from wearing sandals and thongs - flip flops as you call them - or boots. There is not really any in-between. I would wear thongs all year if I could but when it is rainy you end up with cold muddy feet so boots are way more practical. Also, thongs are not acceptable at work. Alas.

It is definately much easier to kick your thongs or sandals off at the door than it is to peel off a pair of boots. You are a very perspicacious shoe observer.

Redeemed said...

I would much rather remove my shoes and walk around with my socks, that remove my sandals and walk around barefoot!

Anonymous said...

walk around with my socks, that remove my sandals and walk around barefoot!

Do you perfer to walk around in your socks than barefoot then? What do you normally do when at home?

Redeemed said...

oops, meant *than.

I prefer socks than barefoot, even at my house. Got my socks on and slippers on top!! Guess summer is the only season that I'll wear flip flops around the house.

Anonymous said...

I prefer socks too, slippers sometimes but not often. As for barefeet I have read that the oils from those can do as much damage to carpets as stuff on shoes. Also I don't know what it is but for some reason I find it more relaxing to pad around in socks! It's nice to just wiggle my toes in them!

When you say that you would wear flip flops in summer, I don't suppose they are ones that you wear outside as well are they?

Redeemed said...

of course not! They're sandals, really. Seriously cute, though, they look like chinese sandals and I wear them only inside the house!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

MM, thanks for visiting again.

Anon and Sarah, going barefoot sometimes is halthy for your feet.

Bareffet can cause some wear to carpets, but not as much as shoes. And you would have a hard time never going barefoot on the bedroom carpet, I am sure.

God Bless

Matthew

JB said...

I agree with both redeemed and the anonymous person. I prefer socks over barefeet. It's warmer and more comfortable. And you can still wiggle your toes and feel the floor underneath your feet.

missmellifluous said...

I love barefeet! I would kick my shoes off anytime if I could. In fact I often do. Bear's feet - as we affectionately call them - are the best.

jb, I beg to differ. You can't really feel the floor under your feet with socks on. You can't feel the texture of the carpet, or the coolness of the floorboards or slate. Socks are so slippery on floorboards. I feel like socks are suffocating. I like my feet to breathe and feel freely.

missmellifluous said...

Oh, dyspraxic fundamentalist, I meant to tell you that one of my readers has a question for you over at my blog. You can read it in the comments here. Your expertise would be appreciated.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Wow! A debate!

JB, nice to see you again.

I agree that sock feet are very comfortable.

However, in summer it is nice to go barefoot indoors. If I lived in Australia, like MM, I dare say I would go barefoot at home a lot more.

There is also the question of clothes. Socks do not look so good with shorts and even worse with skirts.

God Bless

Matthew

JB said...

missmellifluous, I think I would rather not feel the coolness of my kitchen floor, especially in the winter. I have mostly carpet in my house, and truthfully, it doesn't feel much different in barefeet than it does in socks. Oh, well. At least we agree that it is preferable to have shoes off as often as possible.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

JB, winter is certainly too cold for barefeet, but do you not appreciate a cold floor beneath your feet in summer?