Monday, June 29, 2015

Daily Mail: Keep your shoes off the sofa, always flush the toilet and NEVER leave dishes to soak overnight: The 50 most common house rules in Britain revealed

Daily Mail: Keep your shoes off the sofa, always flush the toilet and NEVER leave dishes to soak overnight: The 50 most common house rules in Britain revealed

'New research in the home lives of 2,000 people has revealed the 50 most common laws of the land, and perhaps unsurprisingly, mothers were twice as likely to have laid them down than fathers.'

'A third of people polled said they ask family and friends to take their shoes off when visiting, and in turn, three in ten have been made to feel awkward for forgetting to do the same at someone else's house.'

'Shoes off' is listed here as the third most common house rule in the UK.

A third of homes in the UK have a shoes-off policy? Not bad. In most of those thart don't shoes are more often likely to be removed anyway.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Improvised Life: Take Your Shoes Off ? (Signs, Opinions + Warhol)

Improvised Life: Take Your Shoes Off ? (Signs, Opinions + Warhol)

'We’re down with asking people to take their shoes off (except for the occasional party where people are dressed UP and fab shoes make the outfit.) It protects our soft-wood white floors and keeps out city dirt and vibes. And it’s a strange leveler: When people take their shoes off, they remove a part of the costume, and are left standing on… their own two feet.

Many cultures make it a practice, to keep the space clear and quiet.'

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Urban Beach Baby: Shoes Off Please...

Urban Beach Baby: Shoes Off Please...

'When I became a mom I wanted to share my childhood traditions and create a beachy home for my family. Once my daughter started crawling I realized the need for a shoes off house rule. The most used part of my house became the floor and I saw everything with fresh eyes. Dust, crumb bits and sand. Oh the sand was everywhere! I did the one thing that drove me bonkers and insisted family and guests keep their shoes at the door. Goodbye shoes mean hello clean floors and a smiling mama. Viola you can save time by sweeping up less dirt and scrubbing away unnecessary germs.'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Milton Real Estate Guy: Please remove your shoes!

The Milton Real Estate Guy: Please remove your shoes!

'When you’ve listed your property for sale in the past, have you ever been annoyed by visitors walking through your home with their shoes on?

As a seller, you’re in a bit of a tough situation. You want your property to sell, so you don’t want to seem “difficult” to buyers by imposing all these rules on them. At the same time, you want to keep your home clean. I still think it’s common etiquette for people to remove their shoes when they enter your property, so I don’t think it’s a big deal to ask your listing agent to try to ensure that this happens.'

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Traffic Lighting

I am imagining a map of the world with countries coloured according to how strong the practice of removing shoes is.

Countries marked red would be those where removing shoes is the automatic norm and not removing shoes is largely unknown. Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and Singapore would be in the red zone, but possibly also Ukraine and maybe Russia.

Orange countries would be those where removing shoes is by far the most common practices, but exceptions are not unheard of. Norway and Sweden would probably be orange. In Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and India might be orange.

Yellow countries would be those where removing shoes is more common than not removing shoes without it being a universal rule. Poland, which seems to be the least shoe-removing East European country would seem to be in the yellow zone. I think Canada is probably more yellow than orange.

The UK is definitely in the green zone. This would be countries where removing shoes and not removing shoes is equally common. Germany might also be green.

The blue zone would be countries where removing shoes is not the majority custom, but some people will keep shoe-free homes. Australia is probably blue. Large parts of the USA would be blue, but other parts green or yellow. Hawaii and Alaska are probably in the orange zone.

Black countries would be those where keeping shoes on is very much the norm and removing shoes contrary to custom. Spain, most of Italy and Latin American countries would be in the black zone.

My suggestions are based on what I have read on the internet and newspapers. Those who have been to these countries might have a different take.

Any other suggestions as to what countries might come under which colour code?

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Good Housekeeping: 7 Not-So Subtle Ways to Get Guests to Remove Their Shoes

Good Housekeeping: 7 Not-So Subtle Ways to Get Guests to Remove Their Shoes

'Even though going shoeless is often comfier (and certainly cleaner), it can be awkward to ask visitors to please check their footwear at the door. But if you're really irked by the sound of loafers on your new area rug, you might have to resort to some extreme measures (just prepare to be laughed at — we surely would)'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cannes Film Festival 2015

It's that time of year again. We have come to the end of the Cannes Film Festival and once again we have seen lots of celebrities on shoe-free yachts, looking glamorous in spite of their lack of heels. Images brought you by the Daily Mail.

Just remember, if it's glamorous on a yacht, it's glamorous at a dinner party.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Forgetting something, Kim?

Daily Mail: The moment every woman dreads: Kim Kardashian is forced to remove her heels as she goes through airport security

Woah! Hold on a minute there!

I'm sure I have seen dozens of photos of Kim Kardashian having to remove her shoes at airport security. It seems unlikely that she forgot this time. Perhaps she hoped the TSA officers would not notice she still had her stilettos on during the security check. They did not and she was sent back to remove them.

That's more like it

Monday, May 18, 2015

Or was it her decision?

Sue Arnold: Friends, Yam-Yams and countrymen and women . . . you can take the girl out of Walsall but you can’t take Walsall out of the girl

I reported that an unsuccessful Conservative parliamentary candidate had been required to remove her high heeled shoes to protect the floor of the venue at the election count. However, on her blog she implies it was her own decision to remove them:

The reason for my ‘no shoe’ floor show was simple. My high heels could seriously damage the floor of the university’s Walsall campus sports centre where the count was taking place – and I have far more respect for the surface than to just keep pacing up and down causing unnecessary damage.

It's encouraging to see a Conservative candidate showing such courtesy and respect. Of course, a Conservative would see the value of maintaining property paid for by hard-working tax-payers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Conservative Candidate asked to remove her shoes at election count

Demotix: Conservative candidate asked to remove shoes at election count station

Conservative Party Candidate Sue Arnold was asked to remove her high heel shoes for risk of damaging the wooden basketball floor at the Walsall Constituency vote count station on the basketball court at The University of Wolverhampton.

Unusually practical, but it seems a bit unfair to make only those ladies wearing high heeled shoes remove them. They might have had their feet trampled by the people wearing shoes.

At the election, I stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate for Stevenage Borough Council (I came second). I therefore attended both the general and local election counts just over a week ago. Like this count in Walsall, the counts were held in a sports hall. However, the floor was in a terrible state of repair; covered in scratches and black marks. Presumably this was a result of being regularly used for public events. It was a sad sight.

When I was at sixth-form, exams were held in the gym, but they used to lay down plastic sheeting to protect the floor from the students' shoes. If they were not prepared to ask for shoes off at the election count, they could have could at least have done that.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mahogany Drive: No Shoes Allowed

Mahogany Drive: No Shoes Allowed

What about my flip flops? Can I wear those in the house?
Do you wear them outside?
Yes, but they aren't real shoes.
Do you wear them in public restrooms?
Then you can't wear them in the house.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Sidorovs

This is not new. I've seen it on a few places on the web, including on DeviantArt. I don't know who the original artist is.

The Sidorovs are the Simpsons re-designed as a Russian family, with all the tropes of everyday Russian life, such as the icon on the wall and drinking Baltica beer. Like all Russians, they are all wearing slippers at home.