How do you put on your shoes?

What I Wore to Work Today: Fri, July 8, 2011
Cardigan: Target
Sleeveless Blouse:  Ross
Jeans: Goodwill, hemmed
Shoes: Target

Usually my favorite part of casual Friday dress is getting to wear socks and sneakers.  Last Friday I pulled on my usual pair of office jeans with a little more struggle than expected, zipped them up, saw a piece of lint on the floor, bent over to pick it up, and said, “Oh good god I’m too fat for these pants”.  I had just washed them and they needed a thorough stretching before wearing them to work.  Oh, so very tight.  How come they weren’t that tight two months ago when I was at my max weight, before I had begun the slow descent, hopefully back to the levels of last summer where I felt comfortable and healthy and lithe?

So instead I wore longer, looser jeans with some stretch that require a heel to avoid dragging on the ground.

Speaking of socks and sneakers.  You guys, let’s say you’re barefoot and about to put on your running shoes to head outside.  What order do you do it in?  Imagine yourself going through the process and mentally note the order.

Here’s what I do: left sock, left shoe, right sock, right shoe.  I didn’t think anything of it until somebody was watching me and said, “Dude, that’s weird.  Normal people do sock-sock-shoe-shoe, so that you’re never wearing a shoe on one foot and nothing on the other.  What you just did there isn’t normal.”  Is that true?  How do you put on your socks and shoes?  I see the rationale behind doing it their way, and yet when I’m already busy with my left foot, why would I stop and move to put a sock on the right foot when I’m just going to have to come back to the left?

I don’t always start with the left.  If the right shoe is closer I’ll do that first, although if they’re equidistant it’s the left, probably because I read left-to-right.


July 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words.


  1. Sandy Craig replied:

    Interestingly, I have thought about that very “problem” often. Not that it has given me much pause. Since I’m VERY left-handed, I generally start with my right sock, right shoe, left sock, left shoe. Though, to be honest, this is not always the case. I would say that any order is not weird, or dudy, just so one doesn’t put the socks on OVER the shoes….
    By the by, I recommend you skip economics and go directly to creative writing. Your talent oozes out from every pore…you get the idea.

  2. Sarah replied:

    I put O’s shoes on left sock, left shoe, right sock, right shoe. If he has both socks on he can get farther if he bolts than if he has one sock and one shoe. At least that’s what I think and why I do it. (I also have a mental picture of him taking off with one sock and shoe and only being able to run in a circle. I enjoy that idea.)

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