Friday, November 26, 2010

Academichic: What to Wear: To a Professor’s Party

Academichic: What to Wear: To a Professor’s Party

A blog about academic fashion addresses the question of what to wear when invited to a professor's home. The post points out the need for 'party-ready feet':

'Have party-ready feet. All three of us have been to parties at a professor’s home where we were asked to remove our shoes at the door. This would not be the time to make-do with hole-riddled socks or tights.'


Are academics more likely than other people to have a shoes-off policy? Possibly. They are likely to be well-travelled and have an awareness of the more enlightened etiquette in other cultures.

14 comments:

Bob said...

As some of you may know, in the US the Christmas shopping season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving and is known as Black Friday. The newest fad has many stores opening at mid-night. We participated in this madness as you can get some excellent prices. I was standing in a long line at a deparment store and struck up a conversation with a women who was buying a pair of sneakers. I commented that it seemed odd to be out at such a late hour to buy one pair of sneakers. She laughed and agreed, but told me that she need a pair of comfortable shoes so she could do her shopping free of foot pain. She told me that she had gone to a friends home for dinner and had been required to remove her shoes and as such her feet has swollen so that her normally comfortable shoes were no longer comfortable. I guess that there are downsides to having to spend the day shoeless especially after enjoying a large dinner!

Celestial Fundy said...

After attending a shoeless party, you are not likely to be spending much time out and about, particularly if it is in the evening.

I wonder where she was planning on going in her new sneakers. On the other hand, if they were for the next day, I doubt they would still be swollen.

Moderate Mouse said...

Ah, yes, Black Friday. The store that my stepdad works at (Home Depot) and the thrift store where I volunteer both participated in that. (The latter opened two hours earlier than it normally did, so I left the house early, but I didn't have to leave as early as my stepdad. This is my first Black Friday on the working end, though someone else was on register while my responsibilities for the day had me in and out of the back room.)

My mom, on the other hand, had the day off, so she was able to sleep in. As usual, I went about my morning business in my slippers, waiting until time to go to put my shoes on. Normally, when it's time to put my shoes on, I wear the from the bedroom out (as we generally store all footwear in the bedroom). However, as far as I knew, my mom was asleep, and with the exception of one room, we have no carpet the would've muffled the sound of my steps any, so I ended up carrying my shoes to the entry way and putting them on there (even though I had to put my slippers away in my bedroom and walk to the front door in my socks; oh well, you do what you gotta do, right?). And to think I used to dread the idea of waiting until the last minute to put my shoes on. (I guess when you start being without shoes at home when you don't "need" to, it'll be less of a problem when you do need to be without them for whatever reason.)

(P.S. I spent my Thanksgiving strictly at home this year, so I was in slippers all day, if that counts for anything.)

Bob said...

Matt,She was going to change into the sneakers immediately so that she could shop. The sneakers were for there and then.
You are of course correct that it would be most likely that people would head home after a party. But I can imagine that perhaps a women wearing stylish shoes or boots might have some discomfort when it is time to put them back on.

Anonymous said...

We have had snow heere over the last few days (in the UK).

Yesterday I saw two young ladies working in the building society both in their stockinged feet.

Then this morning i was in the libvay. One of the libarians was in "smart casual" weaing a scarf.brown sweater, jeans and knee-length leather boots.
However, a little latter I notice she had remopved her boots, and was juat walking around the liabary in her socked feet.

Celestial Fundy said...

Bob, at least she would be comfortabel while her shoes are off.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Celestial Fundy said...

Anon, that seems to be common whenever we get snow.

Anonymous said...

I suppose, but why would she have taken her boots off in the libary?

They were normal boots, not wellies or anything and why not have shoes to change into in either case.

Celestial Fundy said...

Would you never work in your socks, assuming it was not an health and safety issue?

Anonymous said...

I suppose so, but in a public libary is'nt it a little un-professional?

Celestial Fundy said...

It does not exactly present a corporate image, but if her boss did not mind, good for her. Up the workers! You have nothing to lose but your uncomfy heels! :)

Anonymous said...

Funnily enough I think she is the branch libarian even though she is only in her late 20's.

Also, the girls in the b soc isnt that un-professinal.

Sandro said...

A public library is still a very quiet, private and at the same time sacred place, a temple of knowledge.
Both cosiness and sacredness justify shoes off.
It is also better for silence when nobody makes noise with heels.

Moderate Mouse said...

"It is also better for silence when nobody makes noise with heels."

I know that the most emphasized factor in the "no shoes in the house" school of thought is generally cleanliness/floor protecton. Isn't the "noise" factor the second most emphasized one in that direction?

Anyway, I'm not much of a heels person, and I wasn't wearing any yesterday. Nonetheless, when my mom was asleep (as far as I knew), I could not, in good conscience put my shoes on until I was closer to the door, especially since there was no carpet to muffle the sound at all. After all, one thing I WAS taught growing up was that, if someone in the house is trying to sleep, the less noise that is made, the better. (If I violate this rule at all, especially if it means getting yelled at by the person that was trying to sleep, I feel like I've committed some huge sin. In my head, slipping up on simple etiquette like that under any circumstances is not an option.)