Introduction: Circumvent "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" Regulations With On-the-fly Flipflops!

Ever wanted to go into an establishment that advertises "No shirt, no shoes, no service"? Ever been asked to leave such an establishment for lack of footwear? Here's the solution! Note that at a distance, the model below appears to be wearing real, foot-protecting, tangible sandals. Also note that the perfectly good pair of normal, not-on-the-fly flipflops are being ignored.

Since all the materials needed are pocket-sized, I figured this would make a good entry for the pocket-sized contest.

Step 1: Draw Flipflops on Your Feet With a Sharpie.

This is as simple as it sounds. I did it in the back of a pickup truck bouncing down the road on the way to a certain establishement.. at night. So it can't be all that hard. Just draw freeform. Consider tattooing for long-term barefootedness, although this might be best done in a tattoo parlor rather than a moving vehicle.

Step 2: Don't Draw Attention to Yourself During the Visit.

This step is also pretty easy for most people. I climbed on the soda racks, talked loudly, and joked back and forth at the checkout line with my friends about my plan to live in a converted semi trailer someday. Worked great, none of the associates suspected that I was in fact barefoot.

If you are noticed to be barefoot, you may get kicked out by a security guard. If it's the security guard directly below, though, I wouldn't worry too much. He's on your side. And lazy, looks like.

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SultrySiccilian made it! (author)2014-06-08

I am a person that pushes the envelope with how aware they are of key details such these wonderful magic marker flops be cuz they sure they dont flip

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SultrySiccilian made it! (author)SultrySiccilian2014-06-08

I meant how unaware people are

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rachel made it! (author)2008-04-02

HA HA HA HA! My favorite was always to go barefoot into a shoestore and when they would say I needed shoes on, I would explain that i didn't have any and was trying to buy some. Always confused the hell out of them.

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lycoris3 made it! (author)lycoris32013-06-15

Yeah, need shoes to enter to buy the only pair of shoes you would own until you get another set?!?!? rotflmao! That....is....hilarious!

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dragonsniper made it! (author)dragonsniper2011-05-15

rofl

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coreyjune12 made it! (author)coreyjune122008-04-02

I'll have to try that sometime.

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NOODLE! made it! (author)2011-08-18

NIIICE!!!

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qwerty90210 made it! (author)2008-04-02

has any one else noticed the loop hole of not wearing pants?

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arpoky made it! (author)arpoky2011-01-29

^Like^

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1up made it! (author)1up2008-04-03

I have... I always wondered what would happen if you walked in wearing a shirt, shoes, and underwear only! :P

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porcupinemamma made it! (author)porcupinemamma2009-12-30

lol

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daturamina made it! (author)daturamina2008-11-28

i have actually done that, at a grocery store, with a group of friends. employees stared, but did not say anything

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strikew3st made it! (author)strikew3st2008-04-08

Shirt shoes and a towel flew when my roommates woke me up in an unpleasant manner for a liquor store run. I said "I'm not putting pants on for you jerks!" and they said that wasn't the question. Note: there is no shame in putting on a backup pair of drawers underneath said towel, nobody needs to be on the sex offender list when the breeze kicks up.

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RetroPlayer made it! (author)2008-04-01

On next weeks show: How to drive drunk and cheat the breathalizer when the cops pull you over!! The following week: How to grab a soldering iron from the hot end! Bonus: How to get FREE GAS by not paying for it!! So when you slice your foot open on that broken glass from the last drunk that tried to buy beer, you aren't going to sue the store?

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metqa made it! (author)metqa2011-01-06

If the store has large pieces of broken glass just strewn about, I'd say they have a bigger problem than one dude without shoes.

BTW, most people who go barefoot actually LOOK where they are going, thereby avoiding the minefield of broken glass, shop nails and steaming acid spills regular strewn about store floors to catch the unawares. LOL

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nedfunnell made it! (author)nedfunnell2008-04-01

Nope, I can take responsibility for my actions. Thanks for assuming otherwise.

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alvincredible made it! (author)alvincredible2008-04-01

lol april fools.

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Ted_lens made it! (author)2010-02-22

 Wow, This is an awesome tutorial.

Practical solution to an any-day problem, i like it!


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hammer9876 made it! (author)2009-04-01

I used to live close to the beach. There were a lot of fast food joints that had to deal with customers wearing wet and sandy swimsuits. Customers tracked in a lot of sand no matter what they wore on their feet. I don't think anyone cared whether you wore shoes or not. Just bring money! Loved the fake shoes.

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Ansoiaron made it! (author)2009-03-22

Clever. =] and sneaky.

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)2009-02-26

Nice!

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Badgergirl made it! (author)2008-10-07

"No shirt, no shoes, no service." doesn't mention anything about pants. Could they kick you out?

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PKM made it! (author)PKM2008-11-20

I think Jackass pretty conclusively proved that they can, and will. What if you were wearing a shirt upside down with your legs through the armholes?

Ned entered on his head
His sunhat on his feet
His flipflops in his hand
His sharpie in his mouth
A silly grin

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the-travis made it! (author)2008-09-12

ive never been yelled at or anything for not wearing any shoes most people just dont notice.

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leatherleigh made it! (author)2008-09-12

Go a step further have them tattooed on! : )

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denotsKO made it! (author)2008-08-29

I had a friend that used a string with a few beads on it. It had a loop that wrapped around his middle toe, the rest ran across his foot and tied around the ankle. The beads were used to form it into an X on the top of his foot. It looked just like sandle straps. He called them "Toe Jams"

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Unit042 made it! (author)2008-07-26

A quick thought: The flip flop "strap" looks like it needs to go all the way between the big toe and toe next to the big toe, and the sides need to be filled in. I'm surprised you got away with this teehee. I guess that this trick would work only against the casual glance, as it fools the eye, but not against anything more than a two second look.

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Unit042 made it! (author)2008-07-26

*snicker, cackle* This is too funny! Well, I'll be sure to remember this next time I leave my flip flops at home and only have electrical tape/sharpies with me.

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=SMART= made it! (author)2008-06-10

HAHHAHA i like the guard pic lol, this is quite a funny instructable :D

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Chill Pill made it! (author)2008-06-05

thats cool

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bluenightweasel made it! (author)2008-05-04

This is _awesome_!!!!!!! =D i am so going to do this, even though i normally wear shoes...i also might color a shirt on too with a blue sharpie, and use the black one to color on a DC logo lol

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lilstinkerr made it! (author)2008-04-19

haha, great instructable, this is clever =]

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warlord made it! (author)2008-04-03

Brilliant! Britney Spears should use this trick the next time she stops by the gas station restroom. That'll keep the paparazzi guessing...

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pyro8 made it! (author)2008-04-02

Shirt????

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W8del4 made it! (author)2008-04-02

great idea... although most of the places with no shirt no shoes policy are places i probably wouldnt want to walk in barefoot... haha!

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FreshPineSent made it! (author)2008-03-31

what about the shirt? I love showing off my sexy beer belly.

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flio191 made it! (author)flio1912008-04-02

i guess you could wear a metal breast plate

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Bran made it! (author)Bran2008-03-31

You're going to need a lot of markers.

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Lithium Rain made it! (author)Lithium Rain2008-04-02

ROFL

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HAHAHA

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frazeeg made it! (author)2008-04-02

Or you could just make up some BS story about how you have a medical condition and most people would rather not argue with you over it in fear of insulting you.

Doing that can let you do a lot of stuff you *aren't* supposed to...

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iamthemargerineman made it! (author)2008-04-01

haha. cute.

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whatsisface made it! (author)2008-04-01

Another use for the roll of electrical tape I always carry with me :D

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reedz made it! (author)2008-03-31

That is pretty awesome, I would use a washable marker instead though...Shapries have some pretty harsh chemicals in them

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joye68 made it! (author)joye682008-03-31

Sharpies can be removed with some alcohol and or a little bit of soap. I have no problems getting it all off. I don't think the chemicals are any worse than those large super smelly markers you see elementary kids huffing. I'll have to look it up. That's something that I never thought of honestly.

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reedz made it! (author)reedz2008-03-31

I believe the chemical is called xylin or something like that. it can give you brain and liver damage

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DeusXMachina made it! (author)DeusXMachina2008-03-31

Life is lethal. A little xylene isn't going to hurt too much. It's not much worse than acetone, people get that all over themselves all the time.

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RFilyaw made it! (author)RFilyaw2008-04-01

And ever drank a beer? Then you've drunk acetone! Mwahaha. My plans to poison the world are coming to fruition!

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joye68 made it! (author)joye682008-03-31

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle! You were responding and I was researching...after dinner! xylene (aka xylol)
I guess I won't be having a sharpie for dessert!
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002810.htm#Definition

It's not just sharpies though, but the chemical is in such a small amount in sharpies that it's exempt from certain rulings in the Code of Fed Regulations... Apparently you would have to drink a bunch of it.

Go ahead. Lick a sharpie. Here's a listing of the regs. http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/12feb20041500/edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2004/janqtr/16cfr1500.83.htm

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solo.card made it! (author)2008-04-01

Nice instructable,

It reminds me very much of this tattoo I saw posted a few weeks ago.

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