Monday, October 01, 2007


Searching through old Times articles, I found that pop stars Lenny Kravitz and Bryan Adams have or at least used to have a shoes-off rule in their homes. I cannot say I am a fan of either. View my profile if you want to know my music tastes.

I know Gwyneth Paltrow has a no-shoes rule. I have heard that Madonna does, but that is only an internet rumour.

Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii. Maybe she is a shoes-off person?


richyrich said...

Where did you find the Times articles about Lenny Kravitz and Bryan Adams? Also I think that John Lennon and Yoko Ono operated such a policy (but then she was Japanese, prpbably the best nation in the world when it comes to this enlightened practice)

It would be good if some celebrities who were following the practice were to publicise and promote it. Given our celebrity culture, there's little doubt that that would encourage a lot of ordinary people to adopt the practice, as well as drawing attention to it in the media.

Have you ever come across an article devoted to the subject in a British newspaper or magazine? A celebrity figure who was "hot" on it would almost certainly encourage such articles to be written.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I went on Times Online and did a search for 'shoes remove.'

In an interview, Lenny Kravitz said the only person who had refused to take his shoes off was The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

There was a brief article on the subject from a journalist and an aricle on house-keeping that recommended shoes-off. There is a lot of stuff in Phillip Howard's etiquette column. He is ammenable to the practice though he himself does not advocate it.

With regards to the Japanese, it may be that the South Koreans are slightly ahead of the Japanese in this area.

I have only been to Japan, not South Korea. However, I do get the impression that it might be common for shoes-off to be a requirement in more South Korean than Japanese restaurants. But it is only a narrow gap.

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