Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thai Soap Operas

I have seen a few Thai and other Asian films where people can be seen wearing shoes in homes, despite this not reflecting daily life in their culture. I was curious as to what people did in Thai soap operas, so I watched a few on YouTube.

It seems characters in Thai soap operas are shoeless in scenes set in homes. I notice that usually they are wearing soft, light bedroom slippers. I was under the impression that people in Thailand often go barefoot indoors (some in the soap operas did). Is this a convention in the same way as people in western soap operas always wearing shoes indoors? Or is it a reflection of the fact that these soaps are always about plush middle class families with lots of money who are more likely to be wearing slippers?

In the Euro Zone: Fun facts about Germany

In the Euro Zone: Fun facts about Germany

by Maria Cerdeira

This is perhaps the most typically German habit of all. Each and every German person takes off their shoes as soon as they step inside the house, still by the door, and puts on a pair of ‘house shoes’, or walks around in socks. They do the same when they go visit someone, and expect it from you when you visit them. Since I’m not a huge fan of walking barefoot, I have to remember to check that my socks don’t have any holes before I go visit a friend around here! lol

The goal of this habit is to preserve hygiene and to avoid bringing dirt from the outside into the house – which is quite understandable. But this habit is so embedded in the DNA of Germans that they follow it strictly even when it doesn’t make any sense. Like in the case of house parties, for example. Parties always cause a bit of a mess, and the apartment will have to be cleaned later anyway. What difference will it make if the guests take off their shoes?

I'm not sure this is true in every part of German; I don't think it is so ingrained in western Germany. Of course, as I have a sign in German on the front door of my apartment:

ScandiKitchen: Things that happen when you live with a Scandi

ScandiKitchen: Things that happen when you live with a Scandi

"They make you leave your shoes in the hallway.

Everything off in the hallway – and on with a nice pair of slippers. It’s a hygiene thing (although in Denmark you can sometimes get away with it). In Sweden, they’ll make you ask your guests to take their shoes off, too. This is how it will be from now on."

Interestingly this post agrees with my suggestion a while back that Danes are not as strict about removing shoes as their northern neighbours.

PopSugar: 13 Ways to Keep Spring Allergies From Taking Over Your Life

PopSugar: 13 Ways to Keep Spring Allergies From Taking Over Your Life

Pollen, bacteria, and all sorts of other things can get stuck to our shoes while we're out and about, so consider implementing a shoes-off policy in your home. Have a designated area by the front door for you and your guests to remove your shoes before entering the rest of the house and keep allergy-inducing microbes outside.

The PopSugar website seems to publish a lot of pro-shoes off articles.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

In the Gym

I saw this on the Twitter account of Vicky Ford, member of parliament for Chelmsford (who is a brilliant Conservative MP). She is visiting a school. It appears that the school holds its assemblies in the gymnasium and the students are required to remove their shoes in there to protect the gym floors. It doesen't look like Vicky Ford was required to remove her boots and notice the shod foot visible on the left, which presumably belongs to a teacher. What do we make of shoes-off policies that are imposed on children and young people, but to which adults are exempted?

I remember some assemblies being held in a school I once attended where the deputy teacher used to remove her stiletto heels, but not all of the teachers removed their shoes in the gymnasium.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

White House Ladies in South Korea

Ivanka Trump was entertained by the president of South Korea and his wife. After removing her shoes, she was given a very fancy pair of slippers to wear. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was given a rather more ordinary pair of slippers.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Amber Rudd for PM!

The home secretary, Amber Rudd visited a camp in Lebanon for Syran refugees. Looking at this photo, it appears she removed her shoes before entering the dwellings of the refugees. That shows real courtesy and respect. I like Amber Rudd and would love to see her become the next prime minister, but I suspect her Europhile views would prevent her winning the backing of the Conservative Party.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Sun: This is why wearing shoes in the house means your carpet could be full of gross germs… and even poo

The Sun: This is why wearing shoes in the house means your carpet could be full of gross germs… and even poo

by Alison Maloney

"Three quarters of Brits admit to wearing shoes in carpeted areas of their home, blissfully unaware that they could be spreading the likes of Escherichia coli (often found in human and animal faeces) from room to room."

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Wilson Living: No shoes allowed…inside the house!

Wilson Living: No shoes allowed…inside the house!

by Andrea Hagan

"Sans shoes really wasn’t too difficult to implement. We just put a shoe rack at the top of our garage steps, easy peasy. I have a pair of flip-flops handy in case I need to go out in the garage for something. And who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? My husband has no problem with taking his shoes off. He agrees with my logic and appreciates the end result of cleaner floors.

For guests that don’t know the shoe rule, I have prominently displayed an Etsy hand-painted sign that reads “Because little hands touch our floor, please leave your shoes at the door.” Cute, right? Apparently not.

After recently moving to our new house, we threw our first party. I prominently displayed the shoe sign on the front door for those that had never been to my house before. Guests politely complied, as a pile of shoes lay by the door. One individual came inside with their shoes on. I explained that we have a shoes free house but apparently this offended this individual’s dignity and honor. I might as well have insulted their mama! I thought I was going to have to forcefully remove their shoes. The shoes were finally taken off with an audible huff, but it was a weird exchange that I thought was unnecessary. And for the record, the shoes in question were definitely not Manolo Blahniks!"

Make them stand on newspaper

Mumsnet Talk: Removing shoes in somebody else’s house

"We have carpet in our front room and wooden floors elsewhere. Can obviously clean wooden floors but carpet is harder so we ask all guests to remove their shoes.
We also have a dc who has a weakened immune system so don’t really want the carpet getting germy (especially as our toad seems to always have dog mess on pavements🤢)

Anyway this hadn’t been a problem but we had a healthcare worker come round yesterday and she totally refused to remove her shoes. Said it was policy not to?

We had to put newspaper down. It was very awkward. The thing is-we’ve had others from same service and also a family member has and everyone is always quite happy to remove their shoes ? Is this a me thing possibly ? I’m not sure why it would be necessary to have a no shoe removal policy? Especially if people have a real reason to not want outside shoes washed rounf their carpet or to be honest isn’t it just the homeowners choice ??"

I like this woman's attitude. The healthcare worker refuses to remove her shoes, probably because of her trust's policy, so she makes her walk on newspaper! She's got pluck.

Walking the Dog in Slippers!

Several times I have seen a woman walking her dog outside the place I live. Despite the wet winter weather, she has been walking on the muddy grass in fluffy bedroom slippers. Yesterday she was also wearing pyjamas and a dressing gown.

I don't think it's a good idea to ever wear house slippers outside. Not only do you bring dirt inside, but you wear them out, as they are not designed for outdoor use. You see people going into the streets and even to the shops in slippers, but walking the dog in winter weather is just really mad. Maybe this lady does not own a pair of Crocs, but does she not even have a pair of ballet flats or loafers she could slip on before going outside?

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Brighton Pavillion

Last weekend I visited Brighton Pavillion with my father, a royal palace built in 1820 for King George IV. It was incredibly impressive, both inside and out.

There was a sign asking visitors to remove stiletto heels before entering a particular room which had a very delicate carpet. Not that I saw any ladies removing stiletto heels; most tourists expect to do a lot of walking and opt for practical footwear. Of course if I had been in charge, I would have asked all the visitors to take their shoes off to keep the carpets in extra top condition.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Interesting Story from Iran

Somehow I missed this story from November.

Can you imagine Mike Pence getting criticism from Americans for not taking his shoes off at a temporary shelter for hurricane victims? It's pretty hard to imagine such a thing as that, but Iranians take removing shoes very seriously. So seriously that he had to apologize for his lack of courtesy. I find it interesting that comparisons were made to the westernizing Shah.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fatherly: Seth Meyers Angrily Rants Against Shoes-Off Households

Fatherly: Seth Meyers Angrily Rants Against Shoes-Off Households

Last night, late night host Seth Meyers went on a passionate and hilarious rant against households who force guests to take off their shoes when they come over for holiday parties or other seasonal festivities. Unfortunately, Meyers’ “sixty-second obscenity-laced tirade about shoes-off households, and how, in his opinion, they are oppressive and patronizing” was deemed inappropriate by the network fat cats. Possibly because of the swearing, possibly because some people come from cultures where taking off your shoes is considered respectful. Either way, a narrator kindly filled the viewers in on why Meyers feels so much anger every time he arrives at someone’s house only to be told to get his shoes off or hit the road.

According to the narration, Meyers pulled no punches in his attack on shoe-free households, referring to them as “little tyrant kingdoms run by vacuum-horny crumb nazis.” He voiced his offense that these no-shoe types are assuming he is going to track dog poop into their home, but Meyers explained that if he is going to bring dog poop into someone else’s house, he’ll do it the way he was raised to: In a tiny box, wrapped in a beautiful bow. Meyers then used the slippery slope argument to perfection, speculating that shoes-off households might soon be asking him to take off his shirt or give them his wallet. Meyers finally noted that there is always a risk of losing your shoes by the end of the night ⏤ because accidentally wearing someone else’s shoes apparently happens to him a lot.

Wow, what a clueless wally.

Vice: All the Rooms You Will Be In at a House Party

Vice: All the Rooms You Will Be In at a House Party

by Jordan Foisey

The shoe room—which if you’re rich is the foyer or if you’re the rest of us is either the space directly inside or outside the the front door—is the first inkling of what kind of party this is going to be. Is there a more existential question for a party than Should we take our shoes off? It’s asking what are we doing here with this party. Are we building an egalitarian community, committed to the struggle of a safe environment where we all we trust one another and work together to make sure our socks don’t get wet? Or will we remain an army of transient individuals, marching around the party in our boots and sneakers, allegiances to nobody and nothing but our own freedoms and pleasures?

Of course, like any socialist projects, there will be inefficiencies. I have never seen a shoe room that wasn’t chaos, the only organizational principle best described as sedimentary, where finding your shoe means rummaging through a pile of shoes stacked chronologically like you’re combing through the fossil record of arrivals to the party. Be wary as well. I have heard, though perhaps this is a millennial urban legend, that if you leave a party wearing another person’s Blundstones you will wake up with their student loans.

Somebody else making the link between egalitarianism and removing shoes in homes. Plenty of right-wing people keep shoe-free homes (especially if they own really expensive homes), but removing shoes is probably more a left-wing than a right-wing thing.

NYC Talking: Take your shoes off in the house!

NYC Talking: Take your shoes off in the house!

by Angel Rodriguez

"Growing up, we never took off our shoes when entering the house. This was not something we did where I come from. However, as I became exposed more to Asian culture, as well as some other friends who practiced this, it has become a habit and way of life. None of us keep our shoes on in the house, it actually grosses me out nowadays.

It’s interesting because for most of my life, I kept my shoes on in the house, but now it’s disgusting to me. It makes sense though, think about all the nastiness we step on outside with our shoes on, and then we are to bring that into the home? YUCK! I wasn’t as aware of it in the past, but I sure am now."

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Soviet Barbie

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Natural Soap Mom: Why You Need a No Shoes In the House Policy if You Have Little Kids

Natural Soap Mom: Why You Need a No Shoes In the House Policy if You Have Little Kids

"When you go to the bathroom at the grocery store, you don’t let your 2-year-old play and splash in the toilet water. Right? That would be gross!
And you wouldn’t lay your baby on the bathroom floor? That would border on child abuse. That’s why you keep your baby in the stroller or the cart.

No shoes in the grass-. That’s fun! No shoes in the parking lot. I didn’t think so. Think about all those oil and antifreeze stains in the parking lot.

Yet the same germs found on that bathroom floor, get on your shoes. Tracked into your home and onto your carpet and floors."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kidspot: Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

Kidspot: Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

by Amy Lyall

"For some taking your shoes off at the door may seem like a hassle, but it’s definitely an easy way to avoid germs getting into your home.

A recent study led by researchers at the University of Houston has shown that 26.4 per cent of shoes carry Clostridium difficile, which can give you diarrhoea and stomach cramps.

Another study from 2015 claims 40 per cent of shoes carry Listeria monocytogenes, which is disgusting to think about.

But it gets worse. If you work on a farm or you've had a little stroll through farmland there’s a pretty good chance your shoes are covered in E coli according to a 2014 study.

It’s horrible to think germs like that are all over your floor at home."