I have worked in a shoe store for several years. I feel a bit uncomfortable writing this letter, but I have wished to share this with the public for so long: People’s feet smell. And smell terribly. I understand that it is natural and that this is the way Hashem made us. But I believe that significant improvement in hygiene is called for.
I have to deal with people’s feet every dayand I have no problem with that. But maybe people can pay more attention to grooming themselves properly and making sure that they are pleasant and not repulsive.
From the information I have gathered, even those who shower every single day often neglect to properly clean their feet. They jump into the shower, they quickly lather and clean themselves, and then they jump out and go about their merry way. They generally fail to properly clean their feet. What a mistake.
During the summer especially, our feet tend to smell later in the day. But if we would properly clean them each day, and make sure that we wear clean socks and proper footwear, we would be doing a small part of a bigger task of making sure that we are pleasant tzelem Elokims who other people do not feel uncomfortable being around.
I apologize if I have offended anyone. Thank you for allowing me to share this.
In a Gitte Shoe
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