Why Shoe Snobs Are Worse Than a Pair of Beat Up Crocs

I don’t care if you wear Crocs. I don’t care if you’re rockin’ some Sketchers Shape Ups, I don’t care if you’re rolling up in man sandals (mandals) or any sort of other shoe that is typically considered some sort of offense. I have an extensive list of things I’m willing to mock people for (nervous talking, offensive hygiene, complete lack of skill and/or ambition), but shoes have never made my list.

It is not the shoes that make the man, or the woman. Of course a sharp pair of dress shoes or a snazzy pair of heels are always appreciated, but for real? Who cares? And more importantly, why do those who care care so very much?

I bet Bill Gates wears horrible shoes. I’d guess the same of Mark Zuckerberg, beekeepers, engineers and nurses. In my personal opinion, the less expensive and flashy your shoes are, the more it is that I want to know about you. And the more you judge someone else for what you perceive to be his or her faux pas? The less I want to know about you.  Please just walk away. I don’t even want to hear about it.

All across the board, those who are more interested in making snap judgments about someone based on something as trivial as their choice in foot covers (which is, by the way, what shoes are. They’re just foot covers because we unfortunately evolved to have soft, pathetic little feet), or their hair cut, or handbag or anything else aesthetic, is a real jerk with real problems.

If you find yourself easily falling into this sort of discrimination fueled by misevaluation of your own worth in comparison to others, know that it’s not the lady in the twelve dollar wedge sandals who’s got the problem. It’s you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=211900301 Caragh Poh

    I miss working next to a Payless shoe store. BOGO on cheap flats that last 8 months? Love it. It makes for a fast turnover for new shoes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326164792 Michelle Vicari

    Never judge a book by it’s cover or foot cover as the case may be 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571440065 Bethany Bellows Tranby

    Very very true. I LOVE shoes, but it’s not exactly solving world hunger, is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lia.towers Lia Towers

    Wait.. Don’t even judge people who wear socks with sandals? Out in public?
    I’m not even a shoe snob, I have reoccuring nightmares of going shoe shopping with my mom as a kid, and I just can’t get past that. Unless it’s old men, I give them a pass.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aurore.fontanelle Aurore Fontanelle

      I agree, we have to make an exception for socks with sandals 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/CraftyHope Hope Smitherman

    I adore this post and try to explain this concept to my mother all the time. She KINDA gets it. I’m glad I’m not the only one. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001006701566 Shanna Hamilton

    $200 for something that goes on your stinky feet just to walk around on dirt and germs and gum all day? No, thanks. I bought a $12 pair of gold Selena Gomez flats from Kmart for my wedding. A year later, after wearing them about 300 times, they’re still in great shape. I get a $60 pair of shoes for Christmas and about the third use they’re falling apart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1542570120 Donna Dean

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lauramvaliente Laura Valiente

    I agree, but there are plenty of people who are just as interesting with nice looking shoes that are surprisingly cheap. When is it offensive for people to be fashionable and intelligent?

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