Monday, October 10, 2016

Apotropaios and old shoes

Apotropaios (Greek for “turning away,” as in evil) describes magical items left in old buildings such as cottages, pubs and mansions. To date historians remain unable to explain why shoes were commonly used as an anti-witch cachet, but it has been recorded from 1500s and the practice persisted to the 19th century. People today, are still finding these “spirit traps” in walls and chimneys of old buildings. Recently a maintenance crew rewiring a room in St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. The shoe (man’s size 6) was thought to be about 300 years old and had the sole worn through. It was placed strategically between a window and a chimney interior to ward off evil and protect academics. In any event, the shoe will be returned once the date of its origin can be confirmed.

Australian settlers borrowed the practice and it was commonplace to hide apotropaic items in buildings and the practice remained until the 1920s. There was even a child’s shoe found in a pylon in the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Mime wearing only thongs

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Perfect Heel Height (PHH)

According to Emma Supple (podiatrist), there is a simple three-step formula to calculate the perfect heel height (PHH).

1) Take off your shoes, sit down and hold one leg straight out in front of you keeping your foot relaxed. If your foot sits at a right angle to your leg without dangling then you have less mobility and will be more comfortable in a pair of flats. However, if the top of your foot follows the line of your leg then you are a natural heel wearer.

2) You’ll need a friend for this next part. To find your ideal heel height, get someone to place a tape measure from your heel in a straight line on the floor, then place a pencil at the ball of your foot at right angles to the tape.

3) Wherever the tape measure hits the pencil reveals your PHH.

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