Monday, April 28, 2014

Sign still there

With the election coming up in May, I was out delivering leaflets for the Conservative party.

Last year I mentioned that while out canvassing I came across an house with a shoes-off sign. I was leafleting in the same area and they still have their sign up.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Glamour Living: The Great Houseguest Debate: Do You Have a No-Shoes Policy Like AnnaSophia Robb?

Glamour Living: The Great Houseguest Debate: Do You Have a No-Shoes Policy Like AnnaSophia Robb?

Top-notch entertaining was the topic at hand this week at the celebration of Rachel Zoe's second book, Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour. Fashion A-listers like designer Prabal Gurung, model-musician Karen Elson, Olivia Palermo, and The Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb all stopped by to chat at the Tiffany & Co flagship.

I caught the young Carrie Bradshaw as she was sampling the tasty hors d'oeuvres on offer—the tuna tartare on a plantain chip, specifically—and asked about her own home entertaining. Turns out, Robb has one steadfast rule:

"I always like to entertain in socks. I have everyone take off their shoes. I mean, it's New York. Yeah, so dirty. And I feel like it loosens everyone up. Because if everyone's in their socks, then they just feel more like it's their home. So mi casa es su casa!"

I had never heard of AnnaSophia Robb. She is an American actress apparently. She plays a younger version of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City in The Carrie Diaries.

To Discover Russia: A Russian Custom to Take off Your Shoes at Home

To Discover Russia: A Russian Custom to Take off Your Shoes at Home

If you are invited to visit someone’s home in Russia, it is a very encouraging sign for your relationship. But you must be prepared to take off your shoes when you enter a house.

Of course, this is required not in every home and every family, but it happens a lot.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Warsaw Blog- Cultural lesson: It's a trap

The Warsaw Blog- Cultural lesson: It's a trap

'Times change, but it’s still likely you might be offered slippers. If you hear: “Oh, maybe you’d like some slippers?” remember: it’s not a question, it’s an order. Basically hosts are trying to say: take off your shoes, we love our linoleum more than any of our guests. Even if sleepers are not on offer, remember to ask if you should take off your shoes. Next thing you know, the hosts will probably offer you their slippers. There’s no way to win.'

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Simple Baby: Shoes On or Off? 8 Tips

Simple Baby: Shoes On or Off? 8 Tips

'I will admit it takes some time getting into the habit of taking off your shoes, but the trickiest part is asking guests to do the same. For a while I felt very badly asking, almost embarrassed. So here are eight tips if you’d like to consider implementing this in your house'

Frugal and Thankful: Finally a little project to show you

Frugal and Thankful: Finally a little project to show you

'I have a confession to make... I have a big pet peeve! It annoys me so much when people don't take their shoes off at the door when they come to your house. I guess, it's my upbringing speaking... But seriously, I can tolerate when it's sunny and dry outside, so you barely bring any dust in (even though I still don't know where your shoes have been!) but when it's raining and muddy... Really?? I do have children here. And I myself like to run around bare foot...

When the kids were younger, I obsessively wiped the floors after the guests would leave just because...well, babies crawl and eat everything off the floor! I still sometimes grab the broom... And with my closer friends I gently hint. But what to do with other kinds of acquaintances?

A few months ago I saw a similar to this sign on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea behind it. But since I didn't have $40 to pay for it (incl. shipping), I thought I could make something similar, even if it's less fancy.'

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Polite Request on a Church Website

Yesterday Southpark Christian Church, a Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina, posted a notice on their website:

THIS SUNDAY is Palm Sunday!
Due to our new parking lot and our new carpet in the sanctuary, we ask that you please remove your shoes before entering the sanctuary for worship. Not only will this help to not track in black asphalt, but it will remind us that we are in a sacred space as we worship together and hopefully encounter God in new and meaningful ways.
Have no worries if you are unable to remove your shoes. We ask that those who are able, help us out with this request. Thank you for your cooperation. Please do not let this keep you from worshiping with us. We hope to see you there.

I am impressed that the elders of this church had the confidence to ask for this. Wanting to keep the carpets clean is a legitimate concern. So many churches have worn out and filthy carpets. A preacher I knew once suggested that all churches should have wood floors, but he was clearly unaware of how much noise would be generated by scraping and traffic on a hard floor.

Notice that the church says this is not mandatory. They are not going to expect elderly or disabled people to remove their shoes. A church can do this without penalizing people who are unable to comply.

I also find this interesting that this request was made by a church in the American South where there is no tradition of shoe removal.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Conversation over lunch

I am on a training course this week. Over lunch I met the partner of one of my colleagues. He had introduced her to this blog and she approved. She said she always asks people to take their shoes off in her home. That is wise, as the couple have a small child. It's always encouraging to meet people with a no-shoes policy.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Coptic Churches and Removing Shoes

I posted recently about the custom of removing shoes in some Christian churches. A week ago, I came across a forum discussion about the Coptic practice:

Orthodox Scarves Worn During Communion and no shoes a Must for Women??

The Coptic tradition is to remove shoes before entering the sanctuary of the church to receive communion. The original post complains that this results in walking on a floor that is wet and dirty. This seems an understandable complaint; it is not always nice to walk shoeless on a floor that has been walked on by dirty shoes.

The obvious solution would be for the congregation to remove shoes before entering the church, so that the whole carpeted area stays clean. Perhaps they don't do that because they want to emphasize that the sanctuary is the most holy area of the church.