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

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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.

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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.

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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.


SultrySiccilian (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

I meant how unaware people are

rachel (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.

lycoris3 (author)rachel2013-06-15

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

dragonsniper (author)rachel2011-05-15


coreyjune12 (author)rachel2008-04-02

I'll have to try that sometime.

NOODLE! (author)2011-08-18


qwerty90210 (author)2008-04-02

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

arpoky (author)qwerty902102011-01-29


1up (author)qwerty902102008-04-03

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

porcupinemamma (author)1up2009-12-30


daturamina (author)1up2008-11-28

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

strikew3st (author)1up2008-04-08

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.

RetroPlayer (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?

metqa (author)RetroPlayer2011-01-06

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

nedfunnell (author)RetroPlayer2008-04-01

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

alvincredible (author)nedfunnell2008-04-01

lol april fools.

Ted_lens (author)2010-02-22

 Wow, This is an awesome tutorial.

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

hammer9876 (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.

Ansoiaron (author)2009-03-22

Clever. =] and sneaky.

bassclarinet23 (author)2009-02-26


Badgergirl (author)2008-10-07

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

PKM (author)Badgergirl2008-11-20

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

the-travis (author)2008-09-12

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

leatherleigh (author)2008-09-12

Go a step further have them tattooed on! : )

denotsKO (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"

Unit042 (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.

Unit042 (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.

=SMART= (author)2008-06-10

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

Chill Pill (author)2008-06-05

thats cool

bluenightweasel (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

lilstinkerr (author)2008-04-19

haha, great instructable, this is clever =]

warlord (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...

pyro8 (author)2008-04-02


W8del4 (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!

FreshPineSent (author)2008-03-31

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

flio191 (author)FreshPineSent2008-04-02

i guess you could wear a metal breast plate

Bran (author)FreshPineSent2008-03-31

You're going to need a lot of markers.

Lithium Rain (author)Bran2008-04-02


James (pseudo-geek) (author)Bran2008-03-31


frazeeg (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...

iamthemargerineman (author)2008-04-01

haha. cute.

whatsisface (author)2008-04-01

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

reedz (author)2008-03-31

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

joye68 (author)reedz2008-03-31

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.

reedz (author)joye682008-03-31

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

DeusXMachina (author)reedz2008-03-31

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.

RFilyaw (author)DeusXMachina2008-04-01

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

joye68 (author)reedz2008-03-31

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!

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.

solo.card (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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