Nathalie Quintane--from Shoes, p.1

In a movie theater, when the film has already started, an usher points her flashlight at my shoes, then sweeps away her beam. As soon as she's left, if I'm not already seated, I trip and catch myself on the arm of a seat or moviegoer; then, I apologize.

In a waiting room, men generally sit with their legs spread apart to either side; women cross them; the fatter they are, the more the upper leg props up, horizontally, and the more the foot leaves the ground.

The bed of a general practitioner, like the psychoanalyst's couch, is covered with a length of tissue, so that patients' shoes don't soil it.