Monday, September 19, 2011

Odd Logic

re-post

Some people say that if you ask guests to take their shoes off you are implying that your floor is more important than your guests.

By the same logic, if a gym asks you to wear white-soled tennis shoes in their squash court that means that the gym values its floor more than its customers (and the fees they pay!).

29 comments:

Mark said...

Not sure whether this is relevant / interseting, but I recently joined a gym at a hotel.

Before joining I was given a "tour" of the facilities. The young lady who showed me around I think works a the receptionist and beautician (she always wears a white coat type thing).

Anyway I went to be showed around and she was wearing this white coat over her top and skirt, but was shoeless in her stockinged feet when I arrived. She showed me all the facilities (inclding the swimming pool which must have been wet underfoot!!) in her stockinged feet.

I had come from the office and was in black shoes and when we entered the gym she asked me to remove them for the same reason you mention - only sports type shoes are allowed.

Incidentally, I have seen the same lady several times since joining and she is always shoeless, once or twice barefoot, but usually in stockinged feet.

Leyla said...

CF, good point)
Mark, a lady myself, I would be also ok with stockinged feet in a gym etc. if I forgot any special footwear. No street shoes anyway!
At home, mine or others', and office, I prefer just stockinged feet. It's cleaner for the floor, and comfier for me )

Mark said...

Hi Leyla,

Yes I agree - just a bit surprised she does'nt wear sports shoes or something.

I always go in socks at home, but not the office.

Do you take yours shoes off in the office as well? Are you from the UK?

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting, Mark. Have you visited this blog before?

Leyla, nice to see you again.

Leyla said...

I'm in and from Baku, Azerbaijan.
Thank you, CF)

Leyla said...

Sorry, Mark, I've missed your question about shoes off at work: yes, I do take them off for the same reasons of cleanness and comfort all the more that the conditions allow.

Mark said...

Hi Matthew - yes I am new to your blog - it is v good.

Leyla - thanks for answering my questions.

Have'nt done it ever before but have takne my shoes off in the office today. It is really wet here and one of the girls in the office had taken hers off so I decided to do the same.

Sandro said...

It makes a very good sense, Mark. Shoes are the main source of toxins, pesticide and dust.

Mark said...

Thanks Sandro,

Bob said...

As you all know I believe in a shoe free home. I ran the US operations of a foreign bank in NYC and walking shoeless in the office was not tolerated simply because of the liability that could result from a mishap. I am surprised that such liability is not considered in other countries but the US is a litigious place.

Matthew Celestis said...

You can trip over wearing high heels or get a necktie stuck in a paper shredder. It's impossible to elimate all risks.

I think sometimes rules like that have more to do with wanting people to look smart.

One of the offices I work in banned flip flops, ostensibly for safety reasons, but didn't ban high heeled shoes which would present just as much risk. It was really about trying to make the workers more professional.

Bob said...

No you can't eliminate all risks but you I felt it necessary to eliminate those which I could. My rule had nothing to do with looking professional, but we did have dress codes.
Yes high heels can be dangerous, but there would be no liability if an accident occured as a result of ones own failure to be careful.

Matthew Celestis said...

Let it be said that this blog is about removing shoes in homes. While a lot of us who regularly visit here might like removing shoes at the offices in which we work, this is not the case with everyone who favours shoes-off in homes.

The ranks of those who require shoes off in their homes includes those who would not dream of taking their shoes off at work.

Anonymous said...

Not sure whether you remeber this, but I posted a few monthsd ago ( I think about July) about a girl in our office, who was actually advised by the Health and Safety Officer to remove her heels at her desk to help improve her posture.

This is in the UK, and incidentally don't think it really affects her appearence - she always looks smart and businesslike.

Sandro said...

Anonymous, thanks for the post. A woman easily walking in her stockinged feet, of course, must look better than that laming in hurting high heels...

Anonymous said...

Not sure they were hurting her, but she honestlt did'nt realise that they were bad for posture if worn all day.

Now she removes them in the office and wears slippers in the office.

Sandro said...

If shoes are bad for posture, they must be hurting.

Ian said...

Why would you buy shoes that are uncomfortable? My last girlfriend would not been seen dead in anything other than killer high heels. She had no issue with them. Of course tho she didn't wear them about the house as she didn't want the heels to scratch her flooring and that rule only ever applied to stilleto shoes.

Matthew Celestis said...

Ian, thanks a lot for visiting. Have you visited this blog before?

Their is strong medical evidence that wearing killer heels is bad for your feet and posture, but they say the same stuff about the flip flops that I always wear, so I'm not in a position to judge.

I am very glad that your last girlfriend recognised the risks her heels posed to her floor. Of course, other kinds of shoes can also leave permanent marks on flooring as well.

Thanks for your comment.

Sandro said...

Ian, did she only care about her floor? What about other people's homes?

Anonymous said...

By wearing slippers in the office she is helping her posture and avoiding damaging the floor.

Sandro said...

Anonymous, was avoiding floor damage mentioned by anyone else at the office as a reason for her to take her shoes off?

Anonymous said...

No it was just the posture issue, but her heels ar high.

The office has hard floors which is why she decided to wear her slippers.

Bob said...

I thought that the readers of this blog might find this of interest.
Today my wife received an invitation to attend a trunk show...a clothing designer shows her line of clothes and attendees can buy them....at a private home.At the botom of the invitation it stated.."NO SHOES PLEASE"...shoe removal is becoming more common in the South!

Sandro said...

This is great, Bob)
Anonymous, do you mean she would opt for stockinged feet were it carpeted?

Matthew Celestis said...

Excellent stuff, Bob. Thanks for keeping us up to date with things in your neck of the woods.

Ian said...

Thank you Matthew, I visit quite a lot, formally sneakerman. :D

Sandro, yeah she took them off in other people houses if requested unless they had cleanliness issues or like myself, a pet that casts lots of hair. :) Since she wasn't insistant on shoes off in her own home then i'm positive that she would be the same as most others and would either comply with a request or offer on sight of a barefooted host.


Bob, never came across that kind of thing. I'd have a laugh at it tho and choose to do something else instead.

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