Fight Global Warming: Take Away an Executive's Shoes and Socks and Introduce Him to the Barefoot Office!

by Jim
(Chicago)

Take One Vety Well Dressed Corporate Executive  With Energy Wasting Shoes and Socks Still Intact (but not for long) and Looking Understandably Sceptical!

Take One Vety Well Dressed Corporate Executive With Energy Wasting Shoes and Socks Still Intact (but not for long) and Looking Understandably Sceptical!

Take One Vety Well Dressed Corporate Executive  With Energy Wasting Shoes and Socks Still Intact (but not for long) and Looking Understandably Sceptical! Strip Him of Those Expensive Shoes and Socks and Leave Him Barefoot!

This is for the corporate business office and can save a great deal of energy during the summer if it is implemented.

It is well known that allowing feet to breathe in warm weather cools the body and that cooling the soles can cool the entire body quickly.

Introducing a barefoot office would make excellent use of this basic fact. Although social and cultural traditions will make it difficult to introduce, it can be done gradually. And light bamboo sandals can be used.

Separating a powerful executive from his well-polished shoes and his dress socks will not be easy but the savings will make it all worthwhile.

Getting the Suits to walk around in their bare feet will be a challenge; it will feel awkward at first as expensive shoes are symbols of power and dignity.

Some gentle coercion might be used at first - such as a small fine for an executive who insist on keeping his shoes on.

All changes are surprising at first. But eventually they are accepted.

Eventually neckties, cuff-links, suit jackets and even white shirts will follow, giving way to cooler tee shirts and short-sleeved shirts. The savings on AC will be enormous and the hierarchy of the traditional work office will be transformed as well.

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Oct 09, 2010
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breathing socks
by: Anonymous

Since most if not all our American shoe company's have their footwear made in China, it would really change our balance of trade. Why not go to breathable socks? Goretex already invented them and they are located in Delaware.

Aug 06, 2010
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Great idea...but!
by: Rona

I think a good many people are going to agree with the comment posted above. However, light wear for summer makes a lot of sense, including bamboo or other sandals.

It does seem ridiculous to have to wear serious amounts of clothing in the height of summer just to conform with a sense of business propriety. And clearly this increases the need for effective air conditioning in most buildings.

I think the argument is sound but the solution is maybe not so good. There may be a health issue, too as many people have contagious diseases of the feet - not so nice to share!


Aug 05, 2010
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Oh no!
by: Anonymous

I am all for conserving energy, but this is just gross. I don't want to have to look at anyone's feet while I'm at work, nor do I wish to walk barefoot on a floor with other bare feet...not to mention the lack of professionalism! If I walked into a business and the receptionist didn't have shoes on, I would be seriously concerned.

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