Etiquette & superstition: absence of footwear

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After doing a few image searches for “foot,” “barefoot” and “shoeless,” I am quite confident that I do not have a foot fetish. In fact, I feel a little queasy now. I am also now quite confident that my boyfriend in college was wrong when he said I have ugly feet. My feet are at least an 8 out of 10 compared to the feet I’ve seen today.

ETIQUETTE: You should remove your shoes when visiting a person’s home in Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. In many places, guest slippers will be provided. In Japan, there are separate slippers you should wear when you are in the bathroom. Be sure to take the slippers off when you leave the bathroom, or be prepared to cause a scandal.

SUPERSTITION: Encountering a barefoot person, particularly a barefoot woman or child, is considered unlucky. Worst of all is meeting a barefooted red-haired woman in the morning; if this happens to you, just turn around and go back to bed.

Photo by shoelessphotography on Flickr

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