posted by: fred in This week in shoes on July 7th, 2008
-Need a way to update your shoes? How about shoe clips, which are modelled by the lovely Shoe Smitten?
-From the Dear Abby Columns.
DEAR ABBY: I have been wondering about the custom of shoe removal when someone is a guest at the home of the person who practices this custom before entering the house.
When the entryway has several pairs of shoes in plain view, it’s obvious the residents remove their footwear before entering the living space. By the way, I am not referring to entering a Japanese home where it is considered disrespectful to leave one’s shoes on.
How can a guest handle a situation like this in your standard American home? Is it appropriate to ask if they would like you to remove your shoes? This can be of particular concern to a woman in dressy attire wearing heels or other footwear to complete her outfit. If she removes her shoes, it can ruin the image she’s trying to present. Walking barefoot or in stockings could be considering tacky. What is the proper etiquette for these circumstances? — FOOTLOOSE IN FLORIDA