Mysterious Facts About Shoes

BE SURE, THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN PUBLIC, TO LOOK DOWN. NOT UP. OR YOU WILL MISS

the person's life story who is meeting you. I know this sounds whack, but it is the truth. You can tell a lot about a person's life from the shoes they wear.

EXAMPLE: a true conservative will wear tight-fitting, laced-up shoes or loafers that tell you that "I am a private person. I do not think liberal thoughts. I love to be to myself and not go out of "mainstream America," for liberalism is taboo to me.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE: a man or young lady wearing flip-flops says, "Im cool. Don't care what people think of me, for I am me. Creative and giving. Not judgemental. I love me."

See how this works?

Good. Happy "shoe story hunting."

Kenneth

SOME OF THE 'STARS' OF THE SHOE GALLERY OF GLORY

STYLISH COWBOY BOOTS. OR IS IT TODAY 'COW-PERSON' BOOTS?
STYLISH COWBOY BOOTS. OR IS IT TODAY 'COW-PERSON' BOOTS?
HIGH HEEL DANCING SHOES TO BE USED FOR ONE THING: DANCING. NOT JOGGING.
HIGH HEEL DANCING SHOES TO BE USED FOR ONE THING: DANCING. NOT JOGGING.
HIGH HEELS AND JEANS. SHE'S READY FOR YOU AND HER TO 'PAINT THE TOWN RED.' PACE YOURSELF, BUDDY.
HIGH HEELS AND JEANS. SHE'S READY FOR YOU AND HER TO 'PAINT THE TOWN RED.' PACE YOURSELF, BUDDY.
HOUSE SLIPPERS. A UNNEEDED EXPENDITURE WHEN YOU CAN BE COMFORTABLE BAREFOOTED.
HOUSE SLIPPERS. A UNNEEDED EXPENDITURE WHEN YOU CAN BE COMFORTABLE BAREFOOTED.
MENS NICE SHOES. WORN ONLY BY IMPORTANT MEN. ARE YOU IMPORTANT? BETTER KNOW FOR SURE BEFORE YOU WEAR SHOES YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE WEARING. A FRIENDLY TIP.
MENS NICE SHOES. WORN ONLY BY IMPORTANT MEN. ARE YOU IMPORTANT? BETTER KNOW FOR SURE BEFORE YOU WEAR SHOES YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE WEARING. A FRIENDLY TIP.
MENS NICE SNEAKERS. IF YOU THINK THAT THE IMPORTANT MAN WHO WEARS THESE IS SINCERE ABOUT RUNNING, FORGET IT. IT'S JUST TO GET HIM OUT OF HIS MANSION SO HE CAN THINK.
MENS NICE SNEAKERS. IF YOU THINK THAT THE IMPORTANT MAN WHO WEARS THESE IS SINCERE ABOUT RUNNING, FORGET IT. IT'S JUST TO GET HIM OUT OF HIS MANSION SO HE CAN THINK.
NICE MEN'S WORK BOOTS. WORN BY COMPANY CEO'S, BUSINESS OWNERS, PROJECT MANAGERS AND WEALTHY ARCHITECTS. NOTICE THERE ISN'T ANY DIRT ON THESE BOOTS ANYWHERE.
NICE MEN'S WORK BOOTS. WORN BY COMPANY CEO'S, BUSINESS OWNERS, PROJECT MANAGERS AND WEALTHY ARCHITECTS. NOTICE THERE ISN'T ANY DIRT ON THESE BOOTS ANYWHERE.
WOMENS PRACTICAL SHOES. WORN BY MARRIED FEMALE SCHOOL TEACHERS. SHE'S GOT HER HUSBAND. WHY WEAR THOSE HOT SHOES? GAME OVER.
WOMENS PRACTICAL SHOES. WORN BY MARRIED FEMALE SCHOOL TEACHERS. SHE'S GOT HER HUSBAND. WHY WEAR THOSE HOT SHOES? GAME OVER.
WOMENS NICE RED SHOES. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. SHE IS YOUNG, SINGLE, JUST OUT OF GRAD SCHOOL ON HER FIRST TEACHING JOB. BEING A TEACHER DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S STUFFY.
WOMENS NICE RED SHOES. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. SHE IS YOUNG, SINGLE, JUST OUT OF GRAD SCHOOL ON HER FIRST TEACHING JOB. BEING A TEACHER DOESN'T MEAN SHE'S STUFFY.
MENS OLD WORK BOOTS. WORN, DIRTY, LOTS OF HOLES. WORN BY BLUE COLLAR LABORERS WHO NEVER GET RAISES FOR THEIR JOBS OF SHOVELING WASTE MATERIAL FROM A JOB SITE.
MENS OLD WORK BOOTS. WORN, DIRTY, LOTS OF HOLES. WORN BY BLUE COLLAR LABORERS WHO NEVER GET RAISES FOR THEIR JOBS OF SHOVELING WASTE MATERIAL FROM A JOB SITE.


I have to give Forrest (Tom Hanks) Gump a lot of credit. One of Gump’s many famous movie phrases was, “You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their shoes,” and he was so right that I am almost hitting the roof (in joy) of my workroom where I write my stories.

I also have to give Ellis Boyd ’Red’ Redding (Morgan Freeman), a lot of credit for his noted line in the last scenes of the Stephen King classic, Shawshank Redemption as he said of Andy (Tim Robbins) Dufresne as he is seen walking out of the horrible prison on his way to escape, “I guess nobody ever takes time to look down at a man’s shoes,” and he was so right that I am just thinking about jumping for joy in my workroom where I write my stories.

Have you ever really just sat down, poured yourself a cup of black coffee, put your feet up and thought of just how much shoes have shaped and affected our society? Have you? You can be honest with me. I will not tell a soul. Well, I have put the subject of the importance of shoes and the roles they have played in making our country the greatest place on earth to live, work, and enjoy life. I wish I could apologize for sounding so ‘gung-ho,’ but I do love America!

My very-first pair of shoes was a pair of brown sandals that my mom bought me for first grade. I loved those sandals with all my heart. I wore them until they were worn to a frazzle. I had rather take a beating with a stick than to watch my mom discard them one Saturday morning. I wasn’t even given a chance to say a fond farewell to these humble sandals. I should have known at that early age of seven, that life was certainly not going to be a fair road to travel.

Over the 57 years of my life I have owned sneakers, slippers, cowboy boots, more sneakers, slip-on loafers, loafers with strings to tie (which I hate), and flip-flops, the shoe for the man (or woman) who longs to have an uncluttered life. Wearing flip-flops is very therapeutic in the sense that when you wear flip-flops, you can imagine yourself on a sandy beach somewhere in Destin, Florida sipping Country Time lemonade, napping and letting the sand crabs bite your feet. Just like a year-around vacation when you throw on your favorite flip-flops and hit the road.

Have you ever noticed just how many ‘shoe-related’ terms we use in our society? Let’s see, we have horse shoes; house shoes; Sunday shoes; everyday shoes; shoe stores; insoles for shoes; spray for smelly shoes; shoes with lights for kids; shoes with wheels in the heels for lazy teens to glide around the mall instead of walk; “shoo, fly”; “wearing shoe leather,” “tougher than shoe leather (a term some men use to describe an over-cooked steak); shoe horns; shoe trees; hiding your cash in your shoe; ‘putting a shoe up someone’s behind’; fashion shoes; shoe shops; running and walking shoes--we just cannot live without being specialized; she can put her shoes under my bed anytime--a country song by Hank Thompson; These Boots Were Made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra; Goody, Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant and I think you get my drift. Shoes, you might say, are an integral part of the foundation of our democracy.

So next time you pull off or put on your shoes, show them some respect. Salute them and say a soft “thanks, for the hard work,” you have given me over the years. You will suddenly feel better about going to the job that you hate.

Shoes can play that dreadful role of being vain that leads to an even more dreadful mindset: vanity. Let’s face it. We do not buy shoes because they fit well. We buy shoes because they look good and we know that sooner or later our friends and neighbors will say, “Tom, my friend! Get new shoes?” You blush, then reply, “Uhhh, yeah. Got ‘em yesterday at Bill’s Shoe Galaxy on I-55. Saved me a ton!” See? Vanity in motion. Your pals will now, the first chance they get, get themselves a more-stylish pair of shoes so you can brag on their foot ware.

COWBOY BOOTS - are pretty self-explanatory. Men, sometimes women, who herd cattle all day, wear cowboy boots. Or should the term be changed to ‘cow-person’ shoes, a non-gender term? Cow-person shoes can be hard to get used to for they can be very tight on your feet until you get them broken-in. You are on your on with cow-person boots, but if you cannot wear cowboy boots, that’s fine. You are not another Clint Eastwood anyway.

HIGH HEEL DANCING SHOES - are for meant for one thing: Dancing. That’s the sole (pardon the pun), of a great-looking pair of high heels on a lady’s feet. Thing is, men, do not get overly-fascinated with your wife or girlfriend’s high heels and start wearing them when she is away. Women have this special sense that tells them you have tampered with her shoes. Careful.

RED HIGH HEELS, AND JEANS - are dead give-away’s that your ’honey’ is wanting you and her to ’paint the town’ the same color as her high heels: red. They look great on a lady’s foot. I would suggest that you do NOT sneak around and try on her tight-fitting jeans. What will you say when she sees them ripped half in two from your hefty girth you tried to slide into them?

HOUSE SLIPPERS - what a nifty invention. Someone needed a job and a job was created to manufacture house slippers. Why not be more comfortable (when you don’t have company) and go barefoot? After all, it’s your house. And your feet. Treat both kindly and you might live longer.

MENS NICE SHOES - are worn by important men. Men who are plant managers, business owners, lawyers, professors, authors, world travelers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, explorers, scientists, and the list is endless. Not many common men are seen in nice shoes for men. And they cost a bundle. That is another reason why common men do not wear nice shoes.

MENS NICE SNEAKERS - are for, again, important men who hold important positions in life. These expensive sneakers are for trivial events like ‘soft jogging’ on a Saturday morning before the important man wearing these sneakers has to be the keynote speaker at an important convention held in St. Louis where the subject of “Saving The Sunflower Brown Beetle” will be explored.

NICE MENS WORK BOOTS - are only worn by project managers, supervisors, highly-paid architects, and wealthy men who are funding this ’community building project.’ These higher-up’s have laborers who wear dirty, worn, and overused work boots. Know the difference when you are looking at mens’ feet in the mall.

WOMENS PRACTICAL SHOES - are for married school teachers. Notice how they do not command attention? The teacher, when she was young and single, would sometimes be daring and wear heels to work. That changed when she married the Physical Ed teacher. Game over.

WOMENS RED SHOES - are many times worn by young, single female school teachers right out of grad school. They are too young to wear practical shoes, so they choose to wear these moderately-sultry shoes that easily attracts the eye of that special guy, a teacher, but certainly not the janitor.

OLD, WORN OUT LABORER BOOTS - are sad to look at. You can feel the pain, anguish oozing from each pore in this pair of overly-used work boots for the common blue collar worker. His higher-up bosses do not even offer to buy him a new pair of shoes. This act in itself would fuel the poor blue collar worker’s morale and he would work twice as hard for the wealthy, powerful C.E.O. of the company that gave him this ‘important’ job of shoveling waste material.


Now do you see why I am so determined to teach you a few things about the importance of shoes and the people who wear them? I am so sorry. I left out the type of shoes that thugs, criminals, drug pushers and thieves wear. I guess they wear any type of shoe they can steal. Fact is, my artwork sources didn’t have anything pertaining to shoes worn by criminals, so we will just leave it there. Now this I do know. Not many professional criminals do their job barefoot, for reasons such as: the weather might be too cold and give them a head cold; getting a nail stuck in their foot or leaving a footprint that today’s F.B.I. And C.S.I. Teams can trace back to the criminal.


There was more to shoes that met the foot, right?


In closing, would you do me a huge favor, a favor that will not cost you a cent. A favor that will make you look good to others.


Sometime today, or tomorrow, when you meet someone on the sidewalk or in the market, stop and humbly say, “Nice shoes you got there,” smile and walk away.


You cannot imagine just how good that one compliment will make that person feel.


And it will make you feel warm in your ‘sole’ (I just had to say that.)






















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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

This Hub is hilarious, Kenneth! It has a lot of good insight too. I just wonder where I fit. I spend most of my time in sneakers (usually purple), or ballet-type flats. What do you think about those choices?


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi,Maddie! Thank YOU VERY MUCH, Sincerely, for YOUR comment. I did my best. Where do you fit? You are, and I am using my secret powers of sensory perception here, an easy-going, laid-back, devil-may-care girl with a high IQ and loads of creativity. And very, very artistic. See there? We can know about people by the shoes they wear. By the way, I had an Uncle "Dirk" who made a decent living guessing people's weight at state fairs. I miss him. What do you perceive about me...I am sitting here barefoot. Thanks for the delightful comment. Bless you.


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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

I enjoyed this hub, Kenneth, since for years I absolutely adored shoes and had more pairs than would comfortably fit in one closet. Not quite in Imelda Marcos' league, but more shoes than I really needed....

Fast forward to retirement: Now, when I'm indoors, most of the time I'm barefoot or wearing slip-ons (that quickly slide right off the foot). The highest heel I ever wear when I go anywhere is 1 1/2 inches. From here on out, foot comfort means more to me than foot fashion.

I still like looking at shoes, and enjoy giving compliments, so I'll take your advice.

Jaye


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Thanks for putting a huge smile on my face. Up and funny and awesome.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, JayeWisdom, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the warm comment on this hub. This makes my day and honestyly, I have had a stressed day..but reading your comment has brightened up my day. Thanks again and I think that I am following you. If not, I will be. You are a wonderful hubber.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey,breakfastpop, YOU are so welcome, but it is YOUR comment that made me chuckle. Thanks for you enjoying this expose' on shoes. Thought I would never see the day that I would in front of my PC discussing shoes. Only on HubPages. Thanks again!


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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

Kenneth, I think of barefoot meaning down-to-earth. I like to run around barefoot whenever possible... including in the office in summer time. It always feels a bit naughty!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Maddie, yes, that is right. Barefoot DOES imply a edgy-freedom...even naughty. This is a FACT: last winter it snowed, big time, where I live, Hamilton, Alabama, of course, in the south, where snowing is an event worthy of flying the flags at half-mast. Anyway, one day it was very, very cold and snow was still on the ground..and just to see how much pain I could tolerate, I walked IN the snow barefoot...guess what? The sudden-cold, helped the neurothopy in my feet...and the Fibromyalgia too...only for about 5 minutes...but in that 5 minutes...I had pure RELIEF, something I hadn't felt sinc 2003. Maybe medical science can use this info in making a cure for my disease..and Maddie, my friend, I flet as tough as a Navy Seal by daring the elements barefoot. Hey, a new hub idea. Thanks, my NEW, GOOD friend.


Desiree Baughman 5 years ago

Hmmm...I'm always barefoot, wonder what that means then...oddly I was never a 'shoes' girl like many women, I always liked buying clothing more, particularly shirts and pajama pants. Now that I work from home completely I'm usually in PJs and am barefooted: hate socks too. I noticed your comment about the fibromyalgia snow, haha! I actually have it too, I'll have to try that out come winter and see if I get some relief!

Thanks for the post and the fan mail I received earlier. What kind and gracious comments! I greatly appreciate that and thank you for reading! Hope you have a great day!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

I so enjoy reading your hubs and this one is no exception.

I never have and never will wear high heels.

Sexy? Not on someone like me who would be groaning in pain. Then again maybe some men would find the groaning sexy. lol


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Desiree . . .THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this shoe story. I should have written one about gloves, but chose shoes for they don't get much play in life. Just buy them, wear them, put them in the back of your biggest closet--forgotten material friends who took your feet to places you wanted to go and they took your suffering....gravel, mud, briars, dog bites all for you. Did you thanks to your shoes? Only once? I am guilty of that sin of just taking shoes for granted. So now I wear flip-flops. And I have this burning desire to sail to China, lay on their beaches, and drink AMP all day long. Thanks again, Desiree. So much.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Sueswan, THANK YOU, AGAIN, for YOUR Sweet Comments on my hubs. You cannot fathom just how much I appreciate you for commenting on my materials. And speaking as a guy, I would wager that YOU WOULD LOOK GOOD IN HEELS. Just sit down a lot...that way you wont be on your feet. Problem solved. And thanks again for your compliments on my hubs, Sueswan. I Hope something great happens to you.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Loved the hub, and if I ever run across a pair like the set of white boots in the first photo - I'm buyin' 'em!!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank YOU SINCERELY, femmeflashpoint! That sounds like a good idea to me. I chooe to wear my old flip-flops "spats" as they used to call them, year-round for regular shoes kill my feet because I have neurothopy. These are blessings. Thanks again.


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

I like this hub, Kenneth. I never really gave much thought about shoes. I've never really worn closed shoes regularly for the past 11 years. Yes, I wore rubber shoes and heels a couple of times. As a homebody, most of the time, I just wear house slippers or sandals. Hmmmm....Shoes do tell a lot about a person.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Chin chin, THANKS SO MUCH for your lively comment. I appreciate YOUR input, as well as all who comment on my hubs. Valuable is how I look at your comments and those who read my materials. Shoes are a dead giveaway to a person's persona, attitudes, and lifestyle. Spend some time one day when you are in public just studying shoes of people. You will be educated quick.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Funny and entertaining. I loved it. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and a laugh on my lips. Up and funny.


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

11/13, 2011/8:48 p.m./cst

Hey, KoffeeKlatch Gals . . .THANK YOU AND YOU ARE VERY WELCOME for the entertainment and smile. I will try to put MORE smiles on your face in the future and thanks too, for the vote. LOVED IT. Kenneth


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a chuckle! Actually, I thought this was not only an amusing hub, but also spot on--so you must be the observant sort--I enjoyed it greatly!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

12/22

Dear Audrey, hello. How are you today? I hope you are well, happy and prosperous. Thank you sincerely, for your uplifting comment. You actually made my day. Again, thank you. And I enjoy your work as well. Merry Christmas, my friend.////Kenneth


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RunAbstract 4 years ago from USA

Give me a great pair of pumps or sling backs and I can paint the town!

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