Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Innovation from a Shoe-removing Nation

Problem for wheelchair users solved by Lithuanian disability products manufacturer

Dr. Emmer said: “For a decade we have sold RehaDesign Wheelchair Slipper covers for rear wheelchair tires to wheelchair users around the world from our company based in Vilnius old town. Wheelchair users have told us that they appreciate that Wheelchair Slippers help to keep their floors clean from dirt and free from black tire marks. But for many years wheelchair users have demanded a solution for the front casters, too. Until now, we have always given the disappointing answer that it was impossible to cover casters due to the way the caster is mounted on the wheelchair”.


When asked about the names “Wheelchair Slippers” and “Wheelchair Socks”, Dr Emmer explained: When able-bodied people come home, many put on slippers or take off their shoes and wear socks in order to prevent tracking outside dirt and germs throughout the house. Now wheelchair users can use their Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Socks in order to prevent tracking dirt and germs throughout the house. In addition, Wheelchair Socks and Wheelchair Slippers will help prevent damage and tire marks to floors and carpets.

Isn't this wonderful?

Monday, December 28, 2015

99 Lives: 84 Reasons to Love Bulgaria

99 Lives: 84 Reasons to Love Bulgaria

61. We take our shoes off at the door of our homes.

I am glad they identified that as a reason to love Bulgaria.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Greek Lady

As usual, I have been spending Christmas at my parents' house. They are hospitable people and this Christmas, they invited a Greek woman and her son to spend Christmas day with us.

My parents do not mind whether guests take their shoes off or not. The Greek lady did not remove her shoes and she did not remove her son's shoes when he entered. I can't really blame her; I don't think it is the custom to remove shoes in Greece. However, it was a wet day and I think most British guests would at least have offered to remove their shoes and told their children to remove their shoes. This is pretty standard etiquette these days.

It always feels a bit strange being in a home with somebody who has their shoes on, especially a child wearing shoes. It just feels a bit wrong, even if my parents aren't bothered about it.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Fashion Magazine: The best house party shoes and socks for when the host makes you take your heels off (ugh)

Fashion Magazine: The best house party shoes and socks for when the host makes you take your heels off (ugh)

There are two kinds of holiday hosts: the ones who let you slip past the welcome mat with your shoes on, and the ones who don’t. We get that they’re avoiding dirty shoes traipsing through the den and spindly stilettos getting caught in the rug, but after hours of outfit prep, having to leave a perfectly planned pair of sparkly pumps at the door when they enforce the no-shoe rule can derail your whole look (let’s face it, having to go barefoot or in your cat-print pair just won’t do). Barring stuffing a pair of socks in your clutch before leaving home, how do we get away with looking fashionable in indoor appropriate footwear?

Gucci’s fuzzy mules to the rescue! This season’s It-shoe is all the inspiration we need. It’s the perfect bridge between a chic slipper and a cozy one, and they come in every version from the simplest ivory slide to sequined paisley prints. Stow them in a shoe bag and make the quick switch as soon as you step inside. You’ll still feel polished and party-ready even though there isn’t a heel in sight. If all else fails, a pair of special socks will do the trick too. Metallic stars, painterly swirls and velvet ruffles will have you looking festive from head to toe.

This is a bit negative, but it's good to see this issue coming up in a fashion context.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

A Different Perspective

A news story from last month.

The Ugly Truth: Rabbi complains after being told to remove shoes in Heathrow multi-faith prayer room

(Sorry about the Antisemitism on this site. Most definitely not endorsed by this blogger)

"The multi-faith prayer room in Heathrow is a simple room, very clean, very quite and peaceful, with no religious sign or ‘decoration’ and where any person, of any religion can go to for prayer, meditation, contemplation etc. I have personally seen Muslims, Christian nuns, Hindus, Buddhists visit that room. Every one removes his/her shoes and no one has ever complained nor even questioned why shoes should be removed.

Until now. Enters the rabbi who does not understand that for other faiths, a prayer room is not a garbage bin and we have Heathrow ordered to apologize."

Leaving aside the Antisemitic subtext of this post, I agree with this alternative perspective on that news story.

The story about the rabbi being asked to take his shoes off and then Heathrow later apologising for this was treated by the media as either a "Muslims taking over" story or a generic "Political correctness gone mad" story.

I thought the rabbi's attitude was very unimpressive. Lots of religions other than Islam remove shoes to pray, It was therefore reasonable to treat the room as a sacred space. When I tried to argue this on Twitter last month, I got shouted down. Of course, some of the people commenting on that page ought to be shouted down too.

You Just Have to Ask

What To Expect Forum: OT- Taking Your Shoes Off

The OP on this parenting thread expressed annoyance that people were coming into her home with their shoes on. Somebody offered the obvious reply:

"Just kindly ask them to take their shoes off. They can't read your mind. No need to get so upset, just tell them to please take their shoes off."

A lot of people unnecessarily agonize about this subject. They need to stop getting angry and annoyed and just politely ask for shoes-off. They need less of the passive-aggression and more assertion.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Not on this Blog

This blog is not a forum for fetish-related discussions.

If you have a fetish for women in stockings, there are forums and websites where you can go and discuss those things in as much detail as you want. This blog is not one of those places.

I am seeing more and more comments that are geared towards fetish fuel and I have noted the usual suspects.

If a reader mentions in a comment that a woman removed her shoes in such and such a situation, I do not want to see that reader interrogated for every detail about what she is wearing, I know what those comments are about.

I am going to get more vigilant about this and I will delete comments that I deem inappropriate.