Friday, March 26, 2010

Pattersons on Hope Avenue: Barefoot is Better

Pattersons on Hope Avenue: Barefoot is Better

Rob & I decided that in our new place, no shoes are allowed. That means, everyone (EVERYONE) can leave their shoes at the door. There are a few reasons for this. First, I know this is super weird I am somewhat concerned about the germs that your shoes pick up. I mean you walk all over the place, parking lots, public bathrooms, restaurants with dirty mops and spilled food, etc. and then you bring the germs back into your house when you wear your shoes in.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is a new baramid at my local pub, - she is I would guess in her mid 20's.

I have only seen her twice, but on both occassions she had her shoes off, not just behind the bar on one occassion walking around collecting empty glasses.

Celestial Fundy said...

I mentioned seeing a barmaid do that in Hastings. It was not very busy at the time; I would think it risky at a busier hour.

Have you visited before?

richyrich said...

Talking about removing shoes in a work setting, I was at a course in relation to my work the other day and I noticed that the lady who was holding one of the sessions, as she was walking around the groups was without shoes. She was wearing smart trousers and black socks.
After the session I saw her again and noticed that she was noticably taller than she was when the session was taking place and I then saw that she had by then put on high heeled ankle boots.
If I had had some time just with her I would have asked her why she had her shoes off but didn't feel I could really do it as there were others around.
One thing I did notice however was that no one else commented on the fact that she was shoeless, which would suggest that even if people don't see the benefits of shoe removal, a lot of them at least don't care about it and are not hostile. This would suggest that only a minority of people these days would strongly object to a shoes off policy when visiting someone else's home.

Celestial Fundy said...

I think I agree with you.

Nobody has ever commented when I have removed my shoes at work.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

No I haven't been here before, - love your blog though.

I was'nt offended just surprised - she was smartly dressed, but just in stockinged feet. Can't have been very nice walking around on a pub floor like that where there are lots of spilt drinks!! She seems really bubbly and friendly though.

Do you think, if I see her again it is OK to as Richy suggests to strike up a conversation and ask why she is'nt wearing shoes?

Richy, - how many people were in the room and was the lady leading a course? Maybe she had just taken her boots off to be more comfortable.

richyrich said...

There must have been some 70 or 80 people in the room when the lady in question was with us.

Celestial Fundy said...

Anonymous, you could ask her, but I imagine she just wanted to be comfortable.

Where you from and do you ask people to remove their shoes in your home?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Sorry my name is Simon and I am from the Soth West (UK).

Yes I guess she wanted to be comfortable, but can't be nice with all the spilt drinks in stockinged feet, and then presumably putting shoes on to go home!!

Yes, I do take my own shoes off at home and encorage visitors to do the same.


Richy, trousers and socks I think looks OK. Hope no one was offended that she had taken her boots off to do the course?

Simon.

richyrich said...

As I said I didn't hear anyone comment one way or the other about the fact that the lady had taken her boots off.

Sandro said...

I heard the shoes-off policy is not that common in the Arabic countries as it could be supposed regarding their Muslim roots. Is it true?

richyrich said...

Some years ago I worked with a man who'd lived in Saudi Arabia for a few years when he was younger and he said that Arabs always took off their shoes in homes.

Sandro said...

I also read a post by an Arabic girl from Dubai who said everybody always did it there.
Yet in Russian forums (BTW Russian wives in any foreign country mostly mention the shoes-on rule as one of those they can't adopt in their new surroundings, and they quite often succeed in promoting the opposite) , I read Lebanese never did because they often had stone floors in their homes; neither was it total in Egypt. In Egypt, shoes are usually shed before rooms with carpets/rugs, which still may be not put on the lounge floor where guests usually come with their shoes on.
I guess the Gulf Arabs more follow their cultural traditions than do those from other Arabic societies.

Celestial Fundy said...

Sandro, I believe removing shoes is usual in most Arab countries, though as you suggest, in some homes it may be more a case of removing shoes before stepping onto carpet.

I think a lot of people in Lebanon do keep their shoes on (but not everybody), but Lebanon is a lot more European than other Arab countries.

Sandro said...

are they European more than Eastern Europeans, who are pro-shoes-off? )
I still think the reason is stone floors

Celestial Fundy said...

Mainly southern European, but you are probably right about stone floors. But then southern Europeans rarely have carpet either.

Anonymous said...

I was in the pub again last night, (I don't go there every day honestly!!).

Anyway, the same barmaid was there, but I guess becuase it was Sunday she was more casually dressed and was in jeans and socks but still no shoes!!

At one point she walked past some people who must have kbown her as she went through to the other bar. One of these people said to her"No shoes again Rahel" She just smilled and shrugged, and walked on into the other bar.

Simon.

Anonymous said...

I was in the pub again last night, (I don't go there every day honestly!!).

Anyway, the same barmaid was there, but I guess becuase it was Sunday she was more casually dressed and was in jeans and socks but still no shoes!!

At one point she walked past some people who must have kbown her as she went through to the other bar. One of these people said to her"No shoes again Rahel" She just smilled and shrugged, and walked on into the other bar.

Simon.

Celestial Fundy said...

I don't think I would do that if I worked in a bar.