Friday, November 15, 2013

Socks more intimate than bare feet?

MannahattaMamma: Leave your shoes at the door

Blog post from an American living in Abu Dhabi. She makes the interesting suggestion that socked feet are more intimate than bare feet. She is possibly right. People's feet are often on display at pools or beaches, or when wearing sandals, but people in the west are generally less likely to be in their socks in public.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree. Socks/tights are more intimate than bare feet.

Elain Smith said...

Oh absolutely!!! they are personally bad looking feet shold be covered by tights or socks always!

Anonymous said...

It is also cleaner.

Sandro said...

Socks and tights cover skin blemishes. They also protect your feet.
It's not that difficult to make sure they are under a proper condition.

AC said...

Interesting post. And interesting blog too. I just commented on your article (April 19, 2012) on bridal shops, then I realized the entire blog is devoted to the topic!

Matthew Celestis said...

Thanks for dropping in, AC.

Matthew Celestis said...

Elain and Sandro, it sounds like your actually disagreeing with the suggestion on that blog that socks are more intimate than bare feet.

Sandro said...

Yes, I am.
I think socks or tights aren't underwear; they're parts of indoor outfit. Shoes should be removed similarly to coats and hats.

Matthew Celestis said...

Shoes certainly should be removed.

Elain Smith said...

LOL no Matthew I am saying stockinged feet are much more intimate than bare feet as bare feet do transfer oils and grime if you dont wear stockings in your shoes back in the day (the way i was raised) a woman ALWAYS wore stockings,the only time you EVER saw a barefoot woman was at the beach! other than that they all wore stockings

mark said...

What is it about the English and lack of respect. Travel quite a lot by public transport and on just about every bus I go on there are yobs with their muddy feet on the seats. In Hungary when people put their feet up on train seats, they take off their shoes! I have never seen anyone in Hungary put their feet up without first taking off their shoes. It seems that we have much to learn

Mat said...

Just been watching the Danish drama , Borgen. Surprised that nobody seems to be removing their shoes indoors. In the Swedish drama Arne Dahl even the Police took their shoes off when entering houses. I thought this was the general rule across Scandinavia. Possibly not so strict in Denmark?

mark said...

People never remove their shoes in Canadian tv shows either. It just goes to show that tv and reality are poles apart. shows like Irene huss always show the main character, a female detective, and her family, removing removing their shoes though

Matthew Celestis said...

Mat, I have not seen either. Thanks for the info.

I know removing shoes in Denmark is common, but it might not be as ingrained as it is in Sweden and Norway, being a more southerly country.

It is also, as Mark points out, a television convention that people tend to wear shoes indoors. You even get people in Asian films wearing shoes indoors (less common in Japanese films though).

Mark said...

I suspect there are health and safety issues that play a factor in this. Not all studios keep their sets clear of sharp objects as we try and do at home. So to go around barefoot could be dangerous. And there are issues of pacing. Scripts cannot accommodate the time it takes to take off boots or laced up shoes. I suspect that in tv shoes are not routinely removed for expedience rather than lifestyle choices.

Weronica said...

Hi guys,

I am from Sweeden and shoes are always removed in people's homes.

Also, often in other places such as offices.

Weronica.

Anonymous said...

Weronica - thank you, good to know. Do people change into slippers then, both at other people's homes and offices?

Jerry said...

I think it is a definite no-no for actors and actresses and models to take their shoes off, probably for presentability reasons.

However, there might be exceptions (Charlotte Mounter comes to mind.) Also, it can be different with those models who are not high-fashion. Once I attended a corporate Christmas party where the theme was Winter Wonderland. Two models, dressed up in all white, stood in the middle of the dining table, their feet covered with a white blanket. I wonder whether they had to take their shoes off before getting up on the table.

mark said...

Hi Veronica.Is is customary in Sweden to change into slippers at the door, as many people do here. In Hungary, this seems to be the norm, so wondered what happens in other countries. My Canadian friends seem to all do this and when they visit they never need to be reminded to take their shoes off.

Weronica said...

In homes everyone removes their shoes or boots and goes either shoeless or in slippers.

In offices it is more of a mixture. At the office where I work there is a rack near the entrance to leave boots. Then in the office I wear slippers.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, seeing a young woman wearing as stocking feet some sheer nylons, with the darker reinforced-toes, the seams,the color of their toe-nails only guessed through the semi-transparent layer, the thin webbing between the toes,the stronger sense of scent that they probably have, if that's not much more intimate, sensual, sexy, a detail that's usually only for close, family people, and it's also a little goofy looking, as opposed to the standard, pure, natural, simple bare feet.

That's the reason some women don't show as easily their hosed feet as they would with bare feet (i.e. nylons and sandals) or the reason many guys truly love to see those toes through the hose..it's a rich, sensual, yes intimate,detail.
Regular cotton socks have much less of that "vulnerability" factor, but still socked feet come with some goofiness, and the way they "caress" the female arch and toes, they make it intimate, caress-able.

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