|Brown Leather Biblical Sandals (for sale on eBay for $19.99)|
I don't know about the "big toe" thing
Do you wear sandals? I don't wear my shoes in our house. This is a habit I picked up when I moved in with my spouse Bill Kelly in his Pennsauken, New Jersey apartment in 1965. Bill had spent many years stationed in Japan when he was in the Air Force and that's where he picked up that habit.
Over the years we have frequently asked guests in our house to take off their shoes before entering our house. We do this because do you know where the soles of your shoes have been? People spit on the ground (an American habit I never understood). People get gas at a gas station. Ever look at the ground while you're getting gas. Ugh!
Then if you're a frequent bar goer check out the floor of the men's room. Nuff said.
Of course we have had folks in our house who weren't happy when we have made this request, usually service providers who would rather go tromping through our house with their muddy boots (got that Comcast?) And then there was the fella who I used to have in to repair my Windows based computer (which I no longer have; him or the Windows based computer) who just ignored my request. He would bug his eyes at me and just walk in my house, engineer boots and all.
A few months ago I met a delightful gentleman (in every sense of the word) from Toronto, Canada. If you're a regular reader of this blog you know his name is Pat. When Pat entered our house I didn't have to ask him to remove his shoes, he didn't have shoes. He was wearing sandals. And he removed them on his own and not only that, he turned them upside down. As I said, a real gentleman in every sense of the word.
|My buddy Pat in his de rigueur sandals|
Pat told me he wears sandals "all of the time." He wore his sandals to work. He wears his sandals when he shops. Of course in his house he doesn't wear his sandals, he goes about in stocking feet.
His rationale is "Why cover your feet? Let them breath?" I have to say, I'm starting to seriously think about this. I never got the wearing loafers without socks. That seemed painful to me. Plus, your feet sweat so I never got that style. But wearing sandals with socks, yes.
So folks, I'm thinking of changing my style. Hmmm, do you think I can get away with wearing sandals at work? Probably not.
This weekend at my family reunion I noticed footwear. Apparently I'm not the only one who is into sandals.
|Footwear at Sunday's family reunion - sneakers, moccasins, and flip-flops|
|Dueling flip-flops and moccasins -sans socks|
|Some folks just have to be different|