Monday, April 21, 2008

I Friggin' Hate Shoes, And You Should Too

I take off my shoes at work and walk around in my socks. People seem to put up with this. I only put my shoes on to go to lunch or the toilet (I mean, who knows what's on the floor in there?). I wear slippers at home that barely exist. I have never liked shoes. Ever. I used to walk around barefoot all the time, and had crazy callouses and life was good. Then I got a job and shit went downhill for my feet. My folks knew a Brit when I was still in my barefoot stage and he apparently had some hangup about it. I don't know if this is a widespread view over there, but his contention was that shoes are the mark of civilization. The more refined the shoe, the more refined the person/society. In the movie Sneakers, there was a bit where they assessed potential clients by the dollar value of the potential clients shoes. Women go ape shit over shoes. Schmoopie says I'm a lesbian (for among other reasons) because I'm such a picky shit about shoes and foot comfort. Irrelephant has some related fetish. I realize I'm WELL in the minority in this shoe deal, but they've got to go.

I read this (lengthy and at times dull) article at NY Magazine that suggests that science may well be on my side in this one. First time for everything, eh?



Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

I'm not overly crazy about shoes, either (weird for a woman, I know). We don't wear shoes in the house at all, and I rarely wear slippers. I'm content to be sock- or bare-footed most of the time.

I've been accused of being a lesbian because of my footwear choices, too. My favorites are Land's End all-weather mocs. I don't actually own a pair of heels.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Gordo said...

I wear sport sandals from about now until late October and my feet love it. Boy, do they freak out when I encase them in shoes again come fall. My biggest complaint about shoes is that unless you pay a frigging fortune for them, any comfort that you felt when you bought them will be gone very shortly.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Hammer said...

I'm not big on shoes either but after several broken toes and stepping on various pieces of barbie shit I've learned to keep them on :)

I own a 7 year old pair of deck shoes and a 27 year old pair of steel toed boots. People must think I'm a real high roller ;)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Scott from Oregon said...

Six months of flip flops and winters are for slip on wooly boots that I buy new every year to throw away the smell of the old ones...

I am with you on the shoe thing. Way over rated.

In construction, however, there are diminishing returns to wearing socks only at work...

2:44 PM  
Blogger meno said...

In our family, it's my husband who is the shoe freak. So he's a lesbian too.

I too hate shoes. I mourn the day every fall when i have to give up my zorries for real shoes and socks.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

I have to wear shoes at work.. but when I get home shoes come off first, and then the bra/// tookies free and the girls breath a sigh of relief. But I do tend to encase the toes in slippers as I break my toes ALL the time...Klutz!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

I was watching a show last night on BBC called 'Am I normal?' In it a woman had CHOPPED OF HER OWN FUCKING TOE! Just so she could fit into a pair of stupidly expensive shoes - Am I Normal NO YOURE FUCKING INSANE!!

Btw Im one of those women who could'nt give a highlanders shite about shoes

12:26 AM  
Blogger General Catz said...

I wear the same two pairs of shoes every day (not at the same time). I hate shoe shopping (and clothes shopping, for that matter). Guess i'm not a normal chick. The fact i only wear men's shoes should confirm it.

Like you, i never ever wear shoes at home. They're the first thing to come off when i get in the door. I do wear slippers or socks when my feet are cold, that's it.

The mark of a civilised person is one who does what is comfortable for them and doesn't follow trends. That's my theory.

Love the article!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Irrelephant said...

Beats me, all the hooplah. If I'm not at work I'm barefoot, simple as that. Plus, when you wear a 13W it's damned near impossible to find anything comfortable. The true sign I'm comfortable in your home is when I take my shoes off at the first possible moment.

Now a luverly nekkid girlie in a nice pair of high heels worn not to walk on but just to be sexy in? Whew. I say again, "Whew."

3:59 PM  
Blogger Irrelephant said...

Oh, I like the pseudo-Magritte image up there, the barefooted dress shoes. Well played. *g*

4:00 PM  
Blogger Vulgar Wizard said...

And you know what they say about big shoes . . . wait, what?

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Daisy said...

In Hawaii did one of those 22 mile walkathons and the flip flops gave me blisters, so I did most of it barefoot. Now THOSE were great, broken in feet!

10:23 AM  

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