Thursday, January 14, 2010

Another Good Reason

In the heavy snow on Wednesday, I went to collect a colleague for a meeting in Watford. The meeting got called off just as I got to my colleague's home. I went in for a cup of tea (I don't need to tell you we both removed boots in that kind of weather- though she did say she might have excused me because I was wearing 14-hole Doc Martins that take ages to unlace).

I mentioned this blog to my colleague and she gave her reasons for preferring shoes off at the door. One reason was quite interesting. She pointed out that guests (at least those her age) who do not take their shoes off at the door will often remove them later during a get-together and leave then discarded around the house. She finds it much more convenient to have them left neatly by the door.


richyrich said...

How old is she? And did she say why people of her age take off their shoes during get togethers?

Celestial Fundy said...

She is in her early twenties, a few years younger than me.

I suppose those people who keep their shoes on at the door, but take them off later are just removing them to be comfortable.

richyrich said...

That's probably a refletion of the way in which social gatherings are less formal than they were. There was a time (not so long ago) when taking off one's shoes in a gathering at someone else's house was not considered the "done thing" but as we have already discussed on here, times have changed and are continuing to change.

Moderate Mouse said...

I can see where the mentioned colleague is coming from. I seldom, if ever, am personally shoeless at someone else's house except maybe if I'm staying overnight (In which case, I will likely have slippers on hand.) or unless there's something on the agenda that warrants it (for instance if I'm with other girls or female relatives and we decide to do makeovers, including pedicures) or if they ask me to take my shoes off (but that has yet to happen).

Even though the weather here has warmed up a bit, there's still some snow/slush and water. This has been the second day in a row that I have gone out and gotten my shoes wet and have taken them off once I went in and changed into something else. Today, I went out to do some stuff that pertained to my job search. As a rule when I do that, I dress up. Along with my slacks, turtleneck, blazer, and pearls, I wore black "trouser" socks and Mary Janes. (If I had a pair of dressy-ish boots, I maybe would've worn those, but I didn't; for that matter, I don't really own any boots and it'll probably be another year before I do. Because I was dressed up, the sneakers were out, so Mary Janes it was.)

One of the places I stopped by (and requested an application) was the local branch of Dollar General. I checked out their slipper section and happened to see a pair of white balletish slippers that looked like they might fit me, but I wasn't in a position to try them on. I have, however, "earmarked" them as a possibility for when/if I'm able to get some shoe-like slippers. (I have not given up on that promise to myself.)

Since I don't drive, I had walked through some of the snow/slush/water that was on the ground. Not only did my shoes get wet, my socks did too. Was I about to walk around the house in wet footwear? Um, no. Off it came at the door (but leaving it there was out), so now I'm in the blue "at-home" flip-flops.

My mom and stepdad had mentioned possibly having a shoes-off policy after their entryway is done having all the stuff in it that it does. However, that was over a year ago, and I have yet to see that happened. I'm considering asking them if they're still interested in a shoes-off policy or not (as I don't know when they will bring it up again). If they are, I'll ask them if there's anything I can do to help clear the entryway in order to make if feasible. If they've filed it under "not going to happen," then I won't bring it up again (as the decision is ultimately up to them). (If I do end up getting the particular slippers I saw, if I go in and out on a "bad weather day," I might slip them in my purse so that when I get in, I can simply put those on. But if I am going to a store and back, I'd have to be careful lest anyone thinks I'm stealing. In that case, I might be able to get away with leaving the slippers on one of the bottom hooks of the coat rack so that they're waiting for me when I get home.)