There does seem to have been a huge rise in the number of photographic studios here in the UK. They are openning up all over the place.
What seems particulary popular are these photographs of people against a white background.
I have noticed that people in the white background photos are always either in socks or barefeet. I even saw a photo of two girls on a bicycle who were conspicuously in their socks.
I presume the reason for shoes being removed for these photos is that any black marks on the backdrop would spoil the photo.
I suppose it must be very annoying for the obsessive shoe fanatics that they cannot be photographed in their shoes in this style. Yet another example of how modern life brings us these shoes-off situations.