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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

FILIPINO HOUSE SHOES



















































When we were little, my parents (Filipino mom + American dad) would always tell my sister and I to take off our shoes the moment we got in the house. We never, EVER wore shoes inside until we were about teenagers, and for the most part, we still don't. I remember that I used to forget something in my room before I was about to leave, and I'd lazily throw off one shoe and hop all the way to my room on one particularly unbalanced foot until I got back to the tile in the kitchen, where I would plop down and put my tossed-aside shoe back on.

I used to never understand it, but now that I live in my own home with my husband, I get it. Cultural differences + ease of cleaning. Our reason fits with the second choice...we just don't want to spend every hour of lives mopping, I guess.

These little slippers are meant to be inside, but they just wound up outdoors since I always seem to run around the house barefoot. Let's just say they don't do well when you try to walk through a muddy garden...

15 comments:

Sarah Carlson said...

I never wear shoes inside either! We've always been a barefoot (or cozy socks in the winter) kind of family.

Lila Fox said...

If I'm home, I'm barefoot. I love these shoes though, I can see myself wearing them on vacation, perfect for walking through hotels!

Wenna said...

I'm a Filipina and I think it has something to do with respect for the woman of the house (who does most of the cleaning). We still have this practice today. Small huts, big mansions...doesn't matter. You gotta leave your footwear at the door. Haha.I also used to do that hopping to get the other shoe thing.

beina said...

I really really like them!!!!
; )

Ana Degenaar said...

Brazilians don't wear shoes at home either because people walk all the beach sand in their shoes. I had no problems getting used to it but my friends still struggle with that. I will recommend this to them. xoxo

Ana Degenaar said...

Brazilians don't wear shoes at home either because people walk all the beach sand in their shoes. I had no problems getting used to it but my friends still struggle with that. I will recommend this to them. xoxo

Spanish Pinay said...

I love being barefoot at home too! Something that my mother-in-law can never understand :) We Filipinos love to clean our floors, especially the type of floors we normally have in the Philippines... moms would always scrub the floor and put wax on it and use coconot shell to polish it. That's a lot of work and that only deserves to be treated with respect i.e. to leave your shoes outside the house :) Our daughter shows her filipino genes too - she loves running arount the house barefoot!

Spanish Pinay

holly@hvhinteriors said...

I like this little story you share, with the cute shoes to go along. Growing up we didn't wear shoes in the house either .. not a strictly enforced rule - but I guess in Canada, where the winters are so long, you just get used to taking off your shoes - slush and snow in the house just doesn't go. Now, P and I have our own place in Germany and we are turning into true Germans, with our designated Birkenstock house shoes, lol!

Have a great day :)

Kyla said...

These are so pretty! I don't normally wear shoes in the house, but it's not anything cultural, more just respectful.

Ada (new york) said...

I love the color and style ... cuuuute! I would aim to wear them EVERYwhere :)

Danie at Pasadya said...

Sarah: I'm with you! I only started wearing house shoes when we got our place here...it's all tile floors. But now that it's warmer, I'm usually just barefoot since I've gotten used to the harder floors.

Lila: Me too. :) They're great for things like that! I should probably bring them with me...I usually just wear the sandals I wore that day. Don't know why I didn't think of that!!

Ana: What a mess! Now sand all over the place...that's the worst. Yeah, I think it depends with people...even though my sister grew up with the no shoes thing, she pretty much hates not wearing shoes in the house too. I think my husband just likes to have something other than the floor under his feet, so he just wears flip flops that are only worn in the house. Of course, if we forget something before going somewhere, no more hopping! I just run with my shoes on and figure since we really don't wear our shoes, it's okay this one time....problem is, I forget constantly.

Wenna: I completely agree, since the culture rotates around respect. My favorite is when you must eat everything! My mom used to shovel food to my husband when we were dating in high school. He wanted my mom to like him, so he just ate everything she offered, even if he was already stuffed! He says that my family is what made him start to love rice, ha!

Beina: Thanks dear! They're pretty uncomfortable if they're worn for too long, though (like 3 hours). I learned that the hard way!

Spanish Pinay: I wonder how hard it is to mix the Filipino and Spanish cultures? That's so funny about your mother-in-law. That's SO MUCH work! No wonder they started that tradition. I bet your adorable baby girl shows both sides of her cultural roots! Must be so fun to see. :)

Holly: Thank you! Aggh, it's all too cold for me! That's so hilarious...you're embracing your new culture with Birkenstocks!! :) Hope you have a great day too!

Kyla: Thanks! That's awesome that you do it out of respect. :)

Ada: Thank you! Just beware!! They are so ridiculously uncomfortable after a few hours, ha! And slippery, unfortunately. I still like them anyway.

Lena said...

My mom is Serbian and that culture requires the very same thing. Even if you show up to someone else's house, you take off your shoes and just borrow a pair of the many slippers that are likely at the front door. Although, I never thought to do the take one off and hop around if I forgot something.. GENIUS!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Lena: How cool!! I wonder if it was a good mix with your dad's culture. The Filipino/American mix worked out just fine...it was nice to have a side of both. That's nice! My cousin's family does the same thing, but we never had extra slippers. My husband and I tried to do that, but the slippers were completely overlooked by pretty much everyone except my mom, ha. It took a certain discipline to hop around!! I REFUSED to remove an extra shoe.

Gertrude from teapot.gr said...

Love this story you shared!I never wear shoes in the house...I enjoy my bare foots stepping on the cold floor!These filipino house shoes do really worth a try!

Danie at Pasadya said...

Gertrude: Thank you! I love that feeling too. Unfortunately, the shoes get pretty uncomfortable after wearing them for a few hours...so I usually end up just barefoot again.

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