The white shoe rule, re­vis­ited

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY JU­DITH MARTIN, NI­CHOLAS IVOR MARTIN AND JA­COBINA MARTIN

DEAR MISS MAN­NERS: My mother, sis­ter and I find our­selves in dis­agree­ment.

My mother and sis­ter claim that one can wear white shoes from Easter until La­bor Day. I agree with them on La­bor Day sig­ni­fy­ing the end of white shoe sea­son, but I thought one should not wear white shoes until Me­mo­rial Day.

Please ad­vise us on when we can prop­erly be seen in our white san­dals.

GEN­TLE READER: If only. No rule en­rages Miss Man­ners’ Gen­tle Read­ers as much as the ban against wear­ing white shoes be­tween Me­mo­rial Day and La­bor Day. In tones of high in­dig­na­tion, they carry on about weather con­di­tions and wardrobe de­mands.

Then they move on to at­tack eti­quette it­self. Such a rule is ar­bi­trary, they point out. Of course.

To do away with rules would dis­ap­point both peo­ple who en­joy or­der and re­spect rit­ual and the rule-break­ers.

The ad­van­tage of the white shoe rule is that hardly any­one no­tices. But thank you for main­tain­ing it.

Send ques­tions to Miss Man­ners at her web­site, miss­man­ners.com; to her email, dearmiss­man­ners @gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Man­ners, An­drews McMeel Syn­di­ca­tion, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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