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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 28, 1912, Image 13

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MEN AND. WOMEN ARE AS FAR APART ON SHOES AS ON
MORALS, SAYS BILLY BURKE
Many a Fluffy girl wears the shoes of a tramp.,
By Billie Burke.
' The First Word Don't get
run down at the heel.
I wonder why so many girls
think "the thing- of least import
ance is their shoes when they
start to get themselves into a
swagger costume?
Your shoes should be one Of the'
first things you put on when
dressing. They should always be
donned before you dort your cor
set and before your Hair is comb
ed. Theif importance in "good
grooming" is quite as great as
that of any other part of ytrnr at
tire. Yet I have seen the pret
tiest girls, who seemed perfectly
clothed until their feetjvas spied,
and who then made one feel they
were pedbbcks indeed.
, In no way are the different
standards by which men and wo
men are judged more noticeable
than the standards by which their
feet are shod. The standards of
their morals are not farther apart
than the standards of their foot
wear. If a man is going to apply for
a job the first thing he thinks
about are a shoe shine and a
shaye. If he only has a quarter it
will go for these Wo things. A
girl, perhaps after the same posi
tion, will be sure that her hair is
coiffed in the very latest style and
that there is plenty of powder on
her nose but she will forget that
her shoes need blacking!
Last summer during the re
hearsals of "The Mind the Paint
Girl" I used to s,ee many actors
and actresses on the street that
were presumably looking for posi
tions in the companies then form
ing. I could not help but notice
the difference in the condition of
their shoes. You might be sure
that the man was living on his
last dollar if his shoes were not
shined. He had almost reached4
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