Friday, January 27, 2012

Daily Mail: All feet on deck: Tamara Ecclestone is forced to ditch her heels and go barefoot as she launches the London Boat Show

Daily Mail: All feet on deck: Tamara Ecclestone is forced to ditch her heels and go barefoot as she launches the London Boat Show

'With shoe collection of over 200 pairs that total more than £70,000 you would think she would have worn something on her feet.
Tamara Ecclestone opened the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show at The Excel, in unusual fashion by going barefoot today.
The reality TV star wore a glamorous pink two piece outfit with black lace detail on it but was missing a pair of her trademark Louboutin's.'

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Lost in Stockholm: Swedish Culture Win – Shoes Off Please

Lost in Stockholm: Swedish Culture Win – Shoes Off Please

'There’s this ongoing battle in many countries. The dispute can destroy dinner parties and make friendships awkward. Some people compare this battle to the War of the Roses, eternal until death do us part.
It is called – The Battle of Wearing Shoes Indoors!
I for one, do not allow shoes in the house. I never have. I never will.'

Monday, January 16, 2012

We're not all Sherlock Holmes

In discussions on this subject, it is often suggested that those who want to keep their home shoe-free should simply leave their shoes by the door and thus anybody visiting will pick up the clue and know to remove their shoes.

I very much doubt that will be enough. When being welcomed into a home, most guests are likely to have their attention on the host's greetings and are not likely to notice what is sitting by the door.

Even if the guest does notice, they may not always pick up on this. After all, I have been to plenty of homes where shoes are left by the door without the hosts either wanting a shoe-free home or always being shoeless themselves. A guest may think the shoes left by the door were discarded when it was wet or muddy or just removed after an hard day's work.

If you want people to take their shoes off, you are going to have to show a bit of confidence and ask politely.

Friday, January 13, 2012

daFUXup: Removing your Shoes

daFUXup: Removing your Shoes

It’s just our rule in the house: Remove Your Shoes Upon Entering.

Why is that? Do we think we have such a clean and pristine house that we simply allow no dirt to sully our fancy carpet and floors? Hell no. That’s nowhere near the reason. Let me take a minute and explain.

In various cultures, it is customary to remove your shoes upon entering a house. It’s customary in Japan, for example, and also it’s the custom of some homes based on religion. In our house, we don’t want people wearing shoes because of our wonderfully clean house. Our house isn’t any cleaner than anyone else’s house, and our carpets are actually in need of being replaced at the moment. Our rule about shoes is about not bringing the outside of the house INSIDE. In other words, once you enter our house, the outside world stays outside, or at least it stays at the front door, and doesn’t actually come into our house. Now, of course it also keeps any additional dirt from coming into the house too, but that’s not the reason we ask people to remove their shoes upon entering. We take great care to create our inside world here and we don’t want the outside world allowed in…pure and simple.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Brooklyn Twig: Leave Your Shoes Behind

Brooklyn Twig: Leave Your Shoes Behind

'It wasn't until I moved to the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn that I became aware of entire communities (outside of Asia!) that expect you to remove your shoes on entering a home. My sister had done it for years in her Boston home, to the chagrin of our parents whose holiday outfit plans included the shoes and who felt lost (and cold) without them.

But, there are a lot of good reasons to remove shoes in a home -- even one without kids. The key is to make it work for your visitors, so here are some tips and ideas from around the blogosphere to make it work for everyone.'

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Times are Changing

It has been many years since I have been to a swimming pool and clearly they have changed. A bit of research on Google revealed that it has now become common for UK swimming pools to require users to remove their shoes before entering the changing rooms. I understand this is common in Europe, but when I was younger it was practically unheard of in British swimming pools. You couldn't wear your shoes on the poolside, but you took them off in the changing room. Removing them before going in the changing room sounds much more sensible. Who wants to walk barefoot on a muddy floor?

New Years Eve Party

I was at a small New Years Eve party last night.

Apparently the hostess had asked the family that arrived before me to all take their shoes off. The husband had not heard this and kept his shoes on. His wife had changed into slippers and she had brought his slippers along.

The hostess politely asked the guy to remove his shoes from the carpet. However, he was in a cheerfully rebellious mood and kept them on for a while.