10 Reasons Why You Should Hate Shoes

You should hate shoes. Really. Before I give you the ten reasons why, let me ask you a question.

Do you love your shoes? If you do, you’re in the majority. In an extremely scientific poll (I asked a bunch of my friends), 9 out of 10 women said they love shoes (error margin of plus or minus 9 people).

I’ll never understand shoe mania. Recently while researching shoes for a character’s outfit (I needed something stylish from the 1950s that would go well with a feathered hat and cigarette holder), I asked for help on Facebook. People fell over themselves to educate me about slingbacks, wedges, the various combinations of heel, toe, and strap, and a NSFW term for six-inch heels. (Ooh, strap! Darn, not that kind.) We agreed to disagree on the name for six-inch heels. (Stilettos. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)

Last year for Ana’s Advent Calendar, Siobhan Muir talked about her love of shoes.

Are you ready for the reasons for hating shoes?

  1. Blisters. foot fungus, and other foot woes. Have you ever known someone to get blisters from going barefoot?
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  2. Cost. A good pair of shoes can cost $50, $100, or more. For $100, you could buy a new ereader, a night in a hotel, a tank of gas for a road trip, a Hitachi wand plus attachments, the Battlestar Galactica Blu-Ray set, the entire Anastasia Vitsky book collection, and the list goes on! Priorities, people. 😀
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  3. Potassium dichromate. Most good shoes are leather, and almost all (I’d say all but perhaps handmade Italian shoes, but there might be an exception) shoe leather is tanned with potassium dichromate. This is a chemical used in cleaning solutions and mixing concrete. I’m not making this up. Seriously, do you want this next to your skin? (“Vegan” leather, or leather tanned with natural materials, is safe.) If this is such a toxic substance, why do shoe companies use it? Easy. It’s cheap. Need I say more?
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  4. Artificiality. Sure, we need shoes to protect our feet from nails, hot/cold surfaces, and dangerous substances–but we don’t need shoes on our feet from the time we wake up until we go to bed. Take babies, for instance. They don’t wear shoes. In fact, it’s recommended for babies not to wear shoes while learning to walk. Wearing stiff shoes can interfere with grip and balance.
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  5. Germs. Shoes track in dirt, pesticides, germs, bubblegum, and all kinds of filth from outside. Wearing them inside the house is unhygienic, and it makes sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping necessary more often. Isn’t this reason enough to make you hate shoes?
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  6. Cost to health. Chronic foot problems, knee replacement surgery and twisted ankles are only a few of the hazards that go along with shoes for the fashion-conscious, particularly high heels. In addition, we often wear shoes that don’t fit well (such as a pointed toe box) in the name of fashion.
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  7. Storage space. No matter what shoe contraption I buy, I end up with shoes all over the place. (Point of reference: I regularly wear approximately five pairs of shoes. I can’t imagine what it’s like for those of you who own dozens, if not hundreds, of pairs.) When I go on a trip, shoes hog suitcase space. Can’t we all wear flip-flops and get along?
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  8. Poor fit. Unless you have your shoes custom made, they probably don’t fit. If you have wide toes and a narrow heel, good luck. If you have smaller or larger feet than “average,” don’t hold your breath. If you want shoes other than the current fashion … yep, you guessed it. Which brings me to my next point.
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  9. Planned obsolescence. The dictates of fashion and new construction methods that lead to cheaper products that break or are perceived as no longer functional (out of style). Straps break (ooh, more straps!), heels break off, holes appear, and in general only ugly shoes last for years. How much of enjoying shoes is true enjoyment, and how much is clever marketing designed to part us from our hard-earned money every time we see a shoe sale sign?
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  10. Getting spanked with a shoe hurts. ‘Nuff said.

How about you? Have you seen the light, or are you still a recalcitrant shoe lover?

 

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Sue Lyndon’s Surprise Day Winners!

Sue Lyndon, our favorite bad girl, tattletale to Mrs. Claus, and author of VERY naughty fiction, gave us a wonderful post yesterday on how to deceive persuade Santa that we belong on the nice list.

Chickie, hiding out in the closet with the turkey puts you on the naughty list. 🙂

Out of the 70 commenters yesterday (wow!) Sue randomly chose five lucky ducks to receive her Amish ageplay book, Hanna’s Awakening.

If you already own this book, Sue will offer you another book of your choice. Please message her within four days by using the email address listed on the contact info sheet. The five winners are:

Erzabet Bishop

Joelle Casteel

Ria

Tessa

Abby

Congratulations! You have 5 hours and 12 minutes left to comment on today’s post by Kathryn Blake to earn an entry for both the grand prize drawing and her own contest. One lucky random winner will get to choose a book of your choice from her list. 🙂

Advent Calendar FAQ

Are you ready for the magnificent fun that will be known as Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013? We are certainly lucky this year! New prizes and authors join each day, and we can’t wait!

You might be an old hand from Ana’s Advent Calendar 2012. Or you might be new this year, but either way you might have questions. Ready? Let’s go!

What is the Advent Calendar?

Click here for the main page, read it, and come back. Yep, really!

How do I play?

Sign up. Then visit every day December 1st-24th and leave a comment answering a question or responding to a post.

How do I sign up?

I will post a sign-up sheet on Monday, November 25th. Sign up by leaving your name (whatever name you will use throughout December) and your email address. You may also need to answer a question about book preferences.

When is the deadline for signing up?

December 24th. Yes, that is correct. You can sign up any time during the month! However, there will be an incentive for signing up before December 1st.

Why does Ana’s Advent Calendar start on December 1st when Advent begins on December 2nd?

In the Christian Advent Calendar, December 2nd is the first day. However, Ana’s Advent Calendar is a secular, inclusive event. I start on December 1st because I want to, okay? 🙂

I contributed a prize (book, gift certificate, or physical gift) toward the Advent Calendar. Can I still sign up to play?

YES! Please do! I would love to have you participate. It’s a great way to meet other authors and readers. You are eligible to win every prize except the one you contributed.

I’m an author. Is it too late for me to join?

Absolutely not! I will take author contributions until December 24th. Please send me your name, title(s) of the book(s) you want to donate (or name of the gift you wish to donate), a public email address (it will be posted here so prize winners can contact you), and your blog or website address if you have one.

I’m not an author, but I would like to donate a prize.

Please do! We have two readers (Ami Starsong and Katie), a book reviewer (Fallen Over Book Reviews), and two publishers (Blushing Books and Loose Id) contributing prizes. Leave a comment here, email me, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Why does my email address need to be posted publicly?

Nearly 80 people have contributed a book or other prize to Ana’s Advent Calendar so far. Much as I would like to, I won’t be able to email everyone individually about prize winners. Because you are busy people and may not be able to check every post each day, giving prize winners your email address allows them to contact you to receive the prize.

How will I know if I win a prize?

Prize announcements will be posted right here on governingana.wordpress.com.

I won a prize. Now what do I do?

Look for a post listing all contributors and email addresses. Email the person who donated your prize. You may want to use “Advent Calendar 2013” as a subject line. Be sure to say thank you! 🙂

My prize donor doesn’t have an email address listed.

Two authors, Ann Mayburn and Sharon Buchbinder, have requested to contact the prize winner directly. Wait 2–3 days, and if you hear nothing let me know.

Publishers and other non-author prize donors will be contacted on your behalf.

I contacted the prize donor, but I haven’t gotten a response.

Wait 2-3 days and then leave a comment on your prize announcement post. I will message the donor and see if the email got lost.

I’m an author, but I haven’t heard from the winner. What should I do?

Winners have four days to contact you. If you have not gotten an email by then, let me know and I will choose another winner for your prize.

Why do some prizes say US or US and Europe?

Some prizes are physical (a tangible item rather than an e-book), and the donor has set restrictions on shipping areas. In order to receive this prize, you will need to give your mailing address. If you are not comfortable doing so, you are free to refuse the prize. Let your prize donor know, and I will reassign the prize to a new winner.

Do I get to choose which book(s) I receive as a prize?

No. While I will make the effort to match winners with authors they have not read before (a goal of this event), I will not be able to take into account reading preferences for every single winner. If you receive a book that you have already read or do not wish to read, let your prize donor know so the book can be awarded to someone else.

Where do I go for the daily Advent Calendar posts?

The entire Advent Calendar will be right here at governingana.wordpress.com. Stop by each day for the posts, and check back for prize announcements.

I don’t have a Kindle, Nook, or other ereader. Can I still play?

Yes! Amazon has a downloadable Kindle application that you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also download a free conversion program, such as Calibre, that will allow you to read epub files (a format for ebooks) right on your computer.

What are surprise days?

In addition to my surprise checks (random prize awardings throughout the month), a few authors and contributors will put up a guest post and award prizes on certain days throughout the month. Look for some fantastic posts!

Can I become a surprise day sponsor?

I am currently searching for guest posts from people who celebrate a major, historical, non-Christmas holiday in December, such as Hanukkah, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. If this fits you, please message me and we can talk about details.

I don’t celebrate Christmas, or I don’t feel like celebrating Christmas. Can I still play?

YES!!! Everyone is welcome. EVERYONE (except trolls and spammers). Don’t tell Mrs. Claus, but “Christmas” is simply an excuse to come together as a community and enjoy each others’ company.

Who made your artwork for the Advent Calendar?

The amazingly talented team of Minelle and Katie produced the art and graphics. Thank you!

Where can I find Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013 on social media?

I’m so glad you asked! Like the Facebook page and follow @MistressClaus on Twitter.

I really, really want to win. Is there any way I can ingratiate myself with Mrs. Claus?

Tell her that Ana really did mean to be good this year, but there were a lot of extenuating circumstances that need explanation. Don’t tell her I sent you. 🙂