Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You can tell a lot about a man by his what?!

I Googled "you can tell a lot about man by" knowing full well the end of that statement is "the company he keeps", right? Wrong. Well, maybe not wrong but it wasn't what I expected to read. There were so many "You can tell a man by his shoes" links that I was quite surprised.

If you're old enough and from the Los Angeles area you'll remember Dillons of Westwood. Dillons was a really popular place to go dancing during the disco period. This is when people still got dressed to the nines to go out, especially if you were gonna drive 30 miles just to dance. No one went out dancing like they do now; in torn jeans and tennis shoes.

My cousin Anita and I would plan a trip to Dillons and make sure when we walked in, we were ready to dance. Oh yeah! Of course we were single and both attractive girls so one never knew if you'd find the love of your life on the dance floor...Right! Whether you thought it or not, you had to be prepared. We were both "dancers" at the time and Michael Jackson's Off the Wall was out and hot. I'd be surprised if they didn't play at least 5 or 6 of Michael's songs throughout the evening.

After dancing a few songs (those disco songs were long) we decided to take a break and found a little love seat and chair to sit and rest our weary feet. I sat on the chair and Anita on the love seat with an empty space to her left. Before long a nice looking young man sat down next to Anita and started up a conversation with her. I was left to pretend I wasn't watching, but I was. Afterall, he was cute and dressed quite nicely.

Several minutes had passed when there was a pause in their conversation and Anita leaned over and asked "did you see his shoes?". Thinking there was some obvious reason she would ask, I took a sly wait until he's not looking glance over at his shoes and wondered what it was she was referring to for as far as I could see, they were not ugly or dirty or worn and he without a doubt had not stepped in anything stinky so I shot her a glance of not understanding. She leaned back into me and said with a raised eyebrow and a grin, "they're nice". I'm sure the dumbfounded look was still on my face because she realized I needed further explanation and said in plain, clear English "You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. His shoes are nice and really clean". Aaha, the light bulb finally went on!

Where she got the concept from I don't know and to be honest, I dont' think I'd ever considered such a thing until that night. But, she seemed to know what she was talking about. He did seem like a nice guy and if his shoes were clean, I suppose that would mean he took time to keep himself clean as well.  Wouldn't you think?

I don't recall what, if anything ever happened to Mr. Clean Shoes but I can promise you, from that evening forward I didn't hesitate to check any man's shoes.  And so what if he caught me looking, if he had any chance of making it into my future, he sure as heck better keep his shoes clean.  Because you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes. 

Aha!  Caught you looking!

3 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMG I am laughing so hard righht now I am literally crying....you see? I can't even spell "right"! I remember that night! Now the worst was pointy Italian shoes...I don't know where I got this idea, but there you have it! Believe it or not, it still matters! Ruben's shoes are cool; just regular guy shoes. Oh dear, you are hilarious and a genius with the words. OH! Thanks for coming to the theatre; you looked stunning in that lavender number---so you!! Bisous, Anita

Debbie said...

OMG how I miss those days when people would get all dressed up! Guys in three piece suits, girls in dresses! NEVER pants! Hats with veils and ankle strapped shoes. I LOVED IT! However, I never went to Dillon's! Can you believe it! Disco Queen that I was. My hangout was the Crescendo in Anaheim. Girl, when I walked into the club and heard the music and saw the whirling of dresses on the dance floor I literally got high! Those were some great times for me. And yes, and man with expensive shoes cares about how he presents himself. Things like that mattered when you were 22 and looking for love LOL!

Bunny Missbrenner said...

I concur with everything said, but, and it's a big but, in my opinion...

You can tell a man by the way he treats his mother. Does he like her, how does he treat her, how does he talk about her and how do they interact? Because usually and I'm sure there are exceptions, what you see and hear, you'll be experiencing soon....good or bad.

I'm just say'n