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Are shoehorns not prevalent amongst everyone?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mister F, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Mister F

    Mister F Active Member

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    I've known shoehorns for as long as I can remember.

    Earlier today I stopped by an Allen Edmonds shop with a female friend of mine. I was trying on some Park Avenues, and was assisted by the salesperson in putting on the shoes.

    After he walked away, my friend says to me, "that was a pretty neat little tool he used there to get the shoe on."

    I just stared blankly at her and said, "you mean a shoehorn?"

    She stared back, just as blankly.

    The (female) cashier overheard and said, "It's okay. I didn't know what a shoehorn was either until I started working here."

    I was totally flabbergasted. Do people not know what a shoehorn is? Do girls not know what a shoehorn is?

    What's the deal?
     
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  2. curzon

    curzon Senior member

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    Huh? What's this you write of?
     
  3. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    Rubbish staff. :fu:
    Why not AE train staff good?
    Staff have man customer try shoe with no horn? :box:
    lt very very bad. :violin:
     
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  4. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    I'm guessing it's a gender thing. Women's shoes, even nice ones, rarely need them, where any male wearing decent leather shoes is going to at least be familiar with the concept.
     
  5. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    You'd still think that your average woman would have had some semblance of male interactions in her lifetime (family, friends, male strippers...).
     
  6. Mister F

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    This was my thought process.

    My Mom knows what a shoehorn is. My Grandmothers know what a shoehorn is. That, though, may be because my father and grandfathers work/worked fairly white collar jobs. They would wear suits, and therefore the accompanying shoes, everyday.

    This friend of mine comes from a blue collar family out in Hillbillyville, Connecticut. She's got a fiance, but his only pair of dress shoes looks like it doesn't need a shoehorn, to put it nicely. I haven't asked him yet, but my female friend thinks he wouldn't know what a shoehorn is either.

    Anyway, just thought this was a different conversation to have in between all the regular ones.
     
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    nmprisons Senior member

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    You misunderstood OP. The salesperson DID use a shoehorm and AE DID teach the cashier about them when she started working there.
     
  8. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Congratulations.
     
  9. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    I only know those shoe horns who were introduced to me by mutual friends at either church or 'the club'.

    Anything else would be unseemly, would it not?

    :fence:
     
  10. Mister F

    Mister F Active Member

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    Haha I included that line in hopes of being called out on it humorously.

    Kudos.
     
  11. Tobacco Man

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    None of my female friends know what shoehorns are.
     
  12. F. Corbera

    F. Corbera Senior member

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    I'm glad that you found this out about them.
     
  13. Moss

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    You can't pull yourself up by your shoehorns.
     
  14. Layered Player

    Layered Player Senior member

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    I honestly can't remember a time when I didn't have one.

    My father was a minister and as such was always very well turned out. It was he who taught me that you never skimp on shoes; in his words: "If your feet hurt you won't be thinking about anything else."
     
  15. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Senior member

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    Yea, that sounds about right.

    Knowledge is just as vulnerable to death like any other living thing. Majority of people who used to wear non-sneakers everyday and had to use shoehorns are probably old geezers or dead--of course this forum is excluded due to the self-selecting bias. Generation of little boys and girls grew up never seeing dad use a shoehorn.


    Also, you must always make allowances for not-so-bright people.
     
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  16. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    I'm pretty sure anyone over the age of 45 grew up wearing leather shoes.
     
  17. Mister F

    Mister F Active Member

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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the opinions.
     
  18. Winston S.

    Winston S. Senior member

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    I was at DSW Shoe Store a few months back and the sales associate (female) didn't know what shoe trees were. I guess this is along the same lines. Her male colleague knew exactly what they were.
     

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