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?