Friday, November 08, 2013

Probably Rachel: Looking Back: At Shoes

Probably Rachel: Looking Back: At Shoes


"We’re still a shoes-off house and will remain so, no matter how rude some people think it is. Around the holidays visiting increases, and being asked to remove your shoes when you enter someone’s home shouldn’t be a surprise. All of my Millennial generations friends whose houses and apartments I’ve been to are shoes-off. It’s common, so when you come over, feel free to bring slippers are sport some crazy socks!

And if you’re “needing” the height of a heeled shoe, think about this: I am 4′ 11″ tall and have never once felt the need to compensate with shoes when visit friends."

57 comments:

Josh said...

I saw Katie again at the library. She chatted to me for a ages, gave me a coffee and even rested her feet on he chair I was sitting in.

richyrich said...

I take it that she was in her stockinged feet! So can I ask you what you chatted about? Did she tell you a bit about herself and her life? And did you get to discuss her shoe removing habits?!

richyrich said...

I take it that she was in her stockinged feet! So can I ask you what you chatted about? Did she tell you a bit about herself and her life? And did you get to discuss her shoe removing habits?!

richyrich said...

Sorry my posting appeared twice by mistake!

Josh said...

Yes she told me quite a bit about herself and her problems.

Yes she was in stockinged feet again, but was in trousers and stockinged feet if that makes sense?

richyrich said...

Are you prepared to share on here anything she told you about her life? (I would completely understand if you'd rather not out of respect for her) Did you talk about the reasons why she was fond of taking off her shoes? And what colour were her stockings/tights today?

Elain Smith said...

Hmm I am very glad to hear she was in stockinged feet.I often take my shoes off in public places Drs Dentists and some offices Im just saying giggle

richyrich said...

Why are you keen on taking your shoes off Elain? Do you do it at your work?

Elain Smith said...

its just something I have always done and I used to do it at work am currently unemployed at the moment

richyrich said...

Sorry to hear you're unemployed. What was your work if you don't mind me asking? Did you work in an office?

Elain Smith said...

Yes I did,I did surveys for moves I would have to go to houses and take an inventory of what they had and come up with a weight estimate that would be forwarded to head office. and during homes visits you had to dress well and work in your stockinged feet,which I dont mind doing in the least.and yes I always wore pantyhose or tights to work hope this answers your question.

richyrich said...

Yes thank you Elain. Are you looking for the same kind of job again? I hope you get one soon anyway. What colour tights did you use to wear for your visits?

Mark said...

Does the lady in question have a shoes off at the door rule at here own house. If so, what does she wear on her feet at home, and what about her guests?

Anonymous said...

Josh - I am glad you got to chat with Katie again, with her stockinged feet on your chair. What did she wear on her feet, and did you get to ask her why she always had her shoes off during the reading sessions?

Josh said...

Sorry for the delay in replying.

Yes Katie told me quite a bit about her problems. She is living in an un-furnished flat with just a bed as it is all she can afford (her ex took all her money and then dumped all her possesions and emptied her banks acc).

She is so nice and I feel really sorry for her. She has only got a lightweight jacket and said she "layers up" to keep warm.

She also said she only had 2 pairs of shoes - and some wllies she bought for when it is wet which was what she had worn in yesterday.

richyrich said...

Oh poor woman, she's having it really tough isn't she? Did she say why she likes to take off her shoes at the library?

Anonymous said...

Josh - this is very unfortunate. Hope her life improves soon. Did she work in her wellies or did she take them off in the library? What colours was she wearing when she was talking with you with her stockinged feet on your chair?

josh said...

A bit. She said she has a pair of trainers and her work shoes, but that her work shoes were 4 years old and having worn them a lot in the rain the leather had stiffened and hurt her feet.

She said she usually wears them in the main library (apart from the reading sessions) but not in the reference library upstairs.

She thought she shouldn't go shoeless in the main library.

Anonymous said...

Any specific reasons she doesn't wear shoes in the reference library upstairs or during the reading sessions? Did she say? And, you did not tell us, what colours was she wearing today?

richyrich said...

And what colours was she wearing yesterday?! If as you said she was wearing trousers yesterday, was she wearing tights or socks?

Josh said...

Richy - she was in black socks. It was wet and she had worn wellies in.

Anonymous said...

Josh - so were you sitting next to her socked feet (since they were on your chair)? Were her wellies next to the chair, or had she changed into work shoes?

Josh said...

No she sat on the desk and rested her feet on my chair. She di'dnt have her shoes with her.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying you were sitting right next to her feet? She definitely felt comfortable with you if she rested her feet on your chair.

Has she told you why she always took her shoes off during the reading sessions?

josh said...

I just wish I could help her.

Anonymous said...

You might want to give her a gift certificate to some clothing store - say "it is my gift to you." It is sad that this young woman got into such a mess.

You didn't tell me - did she rest her feet right next to where you were sitting?

Alisa said...

Glad I'm not the only one who wears willies to the office and doesn't bother carrying shoes with her!!

Anonymous said...

Alisa - do you walk around your office in your wellies or do you take them off?

Alisa said...

Don't think I would be v popular wearing my willies around the office!!

I take them off but just go in my stockinged feet. Only when the weather is bad - easier than carrying heels though!!

richyrich said...

Alisa, do you ever take off your shoes in the office and go in your stockinged feet there when you haven't come to
work in wellies?

Anonymous said...

Alisa - makes sense - do you walk around in your tights and if so, what color? Did your colleagues ask you why your shoes are off? I am sure everyone appreciates it that you don't make a mess with your wet wellies!

Alisa said...

Richy - sometimes.

If I'm in knee-length boots they usually come off as soon as I arrive.

Anonymous said...

Alisa - do you walk around in your tights then, or socks?

mark said...

People here seem to be getting very excited abiut someones stockings.not quite sure what's going on here.

Anonymous said...

Actually I noticed that as the weather is becoming cooler more women take their shoes off in the office (perhaps because they tend to wear boots.)

Matthew Celestis said...

Mark, I know what you mean.

Guys, some people might find the conversation developing here a little bizarre. If you want to carry on this discussion about a particular individual, you might want to consider exchanging emails.

Anonymous said...

Matthew - got it - but we just asked Alisa to elaborate on her working in stocking feet experience. Is it legit?

Matthew Celestis said...

Fine. Ask away. I'm not sure why you would need to know what colour her tights are though.

Guys, there are whole forums for people who want to talk about stockings. If you want to have conversations about hoisery, that is probably more appropriate in those than here.

Mark said...

Well said. There have been hundreds of messages exchanged about the colour of stockings. All of this from a simple event in a library. It is no surprise that some people see the shoes off debate as being obsessive. It denigrates the discussion.

Anonymous said...

Matthew - I think it is a legit question - people still want to look good even when they choose to take their shoes off.

Matthew Celestis said...

I think we can rely on Alisa to look good without needing to know what colour tights she wears.

If she needs style advice, she will probably ask it on a fashion-related website.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am sure she looks good in her stockinged feet regardless of the colour of the tights she wears. What I meant was that since she removed her boots at her office she probably wants her stockinged feet to look good.

Mark said...

But does it really need to be said over 100 times?

Anonymous said...

About Alisa, it was only said once.

Sandro said...

I fully support Mark and Matthew. Of course, it is extremely important for the shoes-off policy to be followed more and more that ladies know they can look very smart with their shoes off. However, colours and styles of tights or feet placed either on chairs or anywhere else are issues that don't match the forum specifics.
Even more, one reading this thread is going to misinterpret the site content and even be distracted from the shoes-off idea

Josh said...

My e-mail address is joshthomas12@gmx.co.uk.

Sorry did'nt mean to offend anyone.

Sandy said...

Alisa, have your colleagues ever asked you why you just walk around in stockinged feet instead of bringing heels to change into? I am sure some of them would eventually follow suit if they were sure it was allowed.

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Mark said...

We went on a walking holiday in Northumberland last week. The house we rented was in a small village. It was a lovely old house that was very comfortable. However, it had beige deep pile carpets that went all the way to the front door. The front door opened into the carpeted hallway. There was only a small doormat.We were covered in mud when we arrived home after a long day out and it was extremely awkward to take off your boots without stepping on the carpet. Consequently we had to remove our boots on the front door step. The carpet was in pristine condition and as the house was fully booked all summer it is safe to assume that everyone removed their shoes. When the cleaner came she removed her shoes and put on soft slippers. I am a big fan of plush carpets, but on this occasion I do feel that the entrance should have had wooden floors and a place for shoes to go.We actually started to change our boots in the car and then just kicked off our shoes at the entrance.

Elain Smith said...

very good idea indeed considering the way the carpeting was laid out in the house

Mark said...

Thanks. We actually had to pay a bond when we rented the house. This was only to be repaid if we left the house in the condition we found it. Some properties we looked at actually had white carpets, which is ludicrous in an area that is extremely wet and muddy almost all year.

Matthew Celestis said...

Coloured carpets show up dirt stains just as bad as white ones, often worse.

Sandy said...

Actually I would make the same policy apply to the workplace that happens to have nice carpets.

Sandro said...

Sandy, I absolutely agree.

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