Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Freaky feet

I have small feet. This does not come as a huge surprise to me. For my size, I do have small feet. I'm generally a (UK) size 4, occassionally branching out into a 5 depending on the shoe. I realise that I'm fairly tall for a size 4 foot, but I reason this is why I fall off escalators so often.

Anyway, I'm currently in the market for a new pair of boots - seeing as I have only one pair of flat walking boots and all my others are STILL in the container awaiting their release. But every time I ask to see a particular shoe in UK size 4/ EU size 36, I'm met with a raised eyebrow. "That's really small," the salesperson will inform me... "are you looking for a kiddie?" No, you patronising git, I'm looking for my pet sheep. I would like to try this boot, in this size. Kapish?

Apparently grown women do not wear a size 4 in the Netherlands. On several occassions I've been directed to - and have found my size - in the kiddies section of the shop.

Since making this little discovery I've been studying Dutch feet. And lo and behold, they really are quite big! I've heard the legend that the Dutch people are the tallest nation in the world, but I put it down to rumour and to be honest, I still don't quite believe it. But I am prepared to accept that the Dutch people have the longest feet in the world.

I have conluded that being in such close proximity to so much water means that the Dutch people are built like ducks - with long, flat feet in case of sudden flooding. Unfortunately, I cannot substantiate this theory, as that would require further time, funding and possibly another Subway sarmie.


Peaches said...

You know what they say about women with small feet Koeks? Means we can stand closer to the stove.

And you know what they say about men with big feet......big hands!

Corporate Slave #45793 said...

On the up side, you would have saved yourself painful foot-binding sessions in feudal China.

Anonymous said...

Hi my sis...

I have absolutely nothing to say about your small feet.
I just wanna say hi n i cant decide if i miss you or not because its not actually very often that you are at home, so this nothing new...
give me another month or so before dear mother drives up a tree and I will then miss our companionship!

Ok, go do some washing or something


ChewTheCud said...

it must be a survival thing. if they wear those wooden clog things, they'd be able to walk on water. you'd probably sink ;P

what they say about women with small feet is simple - they wear small shoes ;)

Revolving Credit said...

Seems we've solved the age old mystery - Big Foot is in fact Dutch as is to be found roaming the back streets of Amsterdam??

Quick, let's email National Geographic!

Champagne Heathen said...

I have a dutch friend whose feet are size three!! It is beyond amusing going shoe shopping with her. Like a hobbit, she is! So this has now troubled me...I'll interogate her & get back to you!

Lollipop said...

The dutch did invent the giant wooden shoes known as Clogs. Perhaps to help them walk on water with their already expansive feet

Koekie said...

This is my attempt at an update, because I have internet access for the first time in a week and blogger won't let me log in.


So in the last week, I have: unpacked 61 boxes from our container, driven on the wrong side of the road and got lost twice, bought 19 (yes, NINETEEN) boxes from IKEA, built 19 items from IKEA, met 5 neighbours in our building and spilt beer down my top in front of 7 of Mills's colleagues.

And now you're caught up. Of course, this all would've been way more eventful if I could've actually made a post.

Anonymous said...

Hello my friend! Don't worry, I also take a size four. But It's fab, the sales are always a joy! The plant you gave me is looking great on my diningroom table. My mom wants to know if you mean't anything by getting me a "Mother-In-Law's tongue..."