Wearing formal shoes is a sign of ‘being educated’ & being ‘sophisticated’. Wearing shoes is a sign of being smart and being ‘up to date’. My Gym warns me every time that if I don’t wear ‘dedicated gym shoes’, I won’t be allowed to enter the gym floor. I remember when I traveled to Kolkata years ago, I wasn’t allowed to enter a hotel because I wasn’t wearing shoes (I’m not making this up!).vWhen I was in school, my teachers warned me that if I don’t wear shoes, I’ll not be able to enter the classroom.
I remember when I was kid, I hated wearing shoes. I’m quite sure, you too hated shoes. Wearing shoes required me to pack my shoes with socks and then stuff them in airtight shoes. Shoes made me feel terribly uncomfortable. But I couldn’t escape. So I’d enter class and then take the shoes off. I remember I wasn’t the only one in my class who did the same.
…over a period of time I got used to wearing shoes.
But now I realize that it’s just a mindless copying of the west. Thanks to 200+ years of British rule, that we’ve been conditioned to wear shoes. The worst part is, we don’t realize that it’s stupidity. Instead, we spend thousands and thousands on buying shoes. We convince ourselves that shoes protect our feet.
People in Europe need shoes – because they have cold weather. There’s snowfall in most of the areas and wearing shoes makes perfect sense. But in India at least 90% of the region is ‘hot’. Then how do ‘shoes’ make sense in India? I mean, we first wear socks and then pack our feet in shoes – leaving them to sweat inside. I bet you have at least a colleague or friend who wears smelly shoes and makes it easier for you to be around him/her.
Why don’t we just adopt sandals or Chappals? Tell me the practical difficulties in using them and abandoning shoes?
PS: Lot of ladies footwear is mostly chappals & sandals. If ladies can comfortably use sandals and chappals everywhere including offices, why can’t all of us? Why can’t we abandon shoes? Wearing shoes, is STUPID!