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Monday Teeny Poll

By Glinda


Oh yes, it’s that time again. It seems like it’s been forever since I posted a poll, and I had to go back and remind myself exactly what I had asked in the last one. It seems that fifty-four percent of you think that celebrities receive special treatment during the adoption process. I’m going to have to agree with the majority, although if you really think about it, being the child of an international superstar isn’t exactly easy.

As for today’s question, I was prompted by the warm weather we’ve been experiencing in my neck of the woods. It’s supposed to be nearing eighty degrees today. So, I’m curious as to your fashion judgement of a certain ubiquitous staple of warm weather footwear. You get to be the judge! And jury! Exult in the power!

11 Responses to “Monday Teeny Poll”

  1. class factotum Says:

    A qualified guilty. Flip flops are appropriate for in the house and the yard, at the beach, and in the gym shower. Otherwise, no. As with any shoe that can be put in the dishwasher, they are not appropriate for places that decent people congregate.

  2. class factotum Says:

    And definitely not appropriate for the White House, even if you do not agree with the administration that happens to be occupying it at the time.

  3. Meg Says:

    Guilty except for at the pool. (And the last two weeks of pregnancy – nothing else I owned fit at that point shoe-wise.)

  4. raincoaster Says:

    There’s a place and time for everything. If it makes that flop-flop sound, even if it has a heel and you call it a mule, I don’t want to see it anywhere that bellybuttons are typically covered up.

  5. Carol Says:

    Love flipflops for summer. Mine are not the kind to throw in the dishwasher, though. (Really? Someone does that???) There is a time and place for them. Around the house, running errands, to the lake, etc. Those with heels go to church or work once in a while. And after pedicures, of course.

  6. class factotum Says:

    Raincoaster, I like the bellybutton rule. It’s sad that you have to say “where bellybuttons are typically covered up,” but it is true that some adults do not seem to know that one does not show one’s bellybutton at church. It is an excellent rule of thumb. Or bellybutton, as it were.

    Carol, I was using the dishwasher rule so I could include Crocs in the class of footwear that one does not wear where the bellybutton is not shown.

  7. class factotum Says:

    that flop-flop sound, even if it has a heel and you call it a mule

    That is all it would take for me to betray my country. You wouldn’t have to waterboard me or put me in a box with a caterpillar or keep me cold and wet and sleep deprived. Just take me out of my office with the covered parking near restaurants and shopping and move me 13 miles away to a bad part of town where people are carjacked at gunpoint, put me in a cubicle in a converted warehouse next to a guy who is smacking chewing gum, another one won’t forward his phone while he is in a four-hour meeting, a woman who overperfumes herself, and then add a few women who walk down the hall in their “business casual” of sleeveless blouses, capris and mules, slap-slap-slapping the day away.

    I would talk. I’m so sorry.

  8. La Petite Acadienne Says:

    For kicking around the house, going to a casual barbecue or popping down to the convenience store for a litre of milk, I have no problem with flip-flops. I’m sure I’ll wear them even more as my pregnancy progresses. But I agree that the sound of them is awful, as is the effect on a person’s gait. A couple of years ago, I was called in to teach our local teen pageant contestants how to stand and walk correctly. It was alarming to see how many of them had planned on wearing flip-flops under their formal gowns. A couple of good demonstrations of gait (and sound) with a nice 1 1/2-inch heeled pump or sandal compared to the flip-flop convinced them.

    And every damn last one of them stood up straight. ­čÖé

    I loathe mules, though. I can’t see how anybody can walk in them without making that awful slapping sound, followed by the “clonk” of your heel hitting back down on the ground.

  9. Jennie Says:

    How many of those commenting reside below the Mason Dixon line? Thongs (quality flip flops) do not belong at formal affairs, presidential events, or churches. However, when the temperature is over 85 degrees for 30 plus days, closed toed pumps can be smothering for 10 straight hours. Why are sandals OK but thongs are not? Please define the difference between sandals, flip flops, thongs, etc….

  10. dgm Says:

    I think it depends on where you live. We’re in a beach town: you can tell a local by his or her shoes. Anyone not wearing flip flops if the temperature is above 68 is probably an inlander. Sure, if I leave my zip code I consider a change of footwear but basically, for everyday living in my area, you wear flip flops of some sort or risk looking like a big dork.

  11. raincoaster Says:

    Easy: Sandals have a degree of formality and flip-flops do not. A nice sundress doesn’t cover that much more than a belly shirt and jeans, but it’s not equivalent at all.

    And thongs, as everyone knows, belong in Brazil or in your jeans.

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