Monday, May 27, 2013

Interesting Post about Shoe Removal in France

New York in Paris: BE THE CHANGE… AKA TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, PLEASE

'It’s a tale as old as time. Girl meets Boy. Girl marries Boy. Girl moves to France where Boy lives. Girl is Korean so doesn’t wear shoes in the house. After many years, several arguments over cultural mores, and two babies, Girl convinces Boy to grudgingly happily accept that no one can wear shoes in the house. Girl starts noticing other French people doing the same in their homes. Girl feels victorious and almost like a cultural ambassador, which has always been her dream—that, and being an astronaut.

This is a true story.

Yes, I’m that horrible hostess who forces guests, visitors, deliverymen and construction workers to doff their shoes at my door. I told Dman the other day that I’m so very Americanized but this is one area—along with mainlining kimchi—where I’ve remained 100% Korean. I can’t apologize for A) being raised to take off my shoes indoors and B) knowing that tracking the shit from outside onto the floors where my baby crawls is dirty and gross.'


1 comment:

Sandro said...

It's a nice story. Actually, I've heard that the shoes-off policy is not so unusual in rural France. It was an interview of Bernard Hinault, a famous bycilcist from Brittany, which I read around thirty years ago. He said then something like "I'm a rural boy, I follow our customs, and so I'm asking my guests to remove their shoes and put on slippers".