Instant Shoes





Introduction: Instant Shoes

You're at the beach, getting sunburnt and dehydrated, when you decide to head up to the boardwalk for a visit to the icecream parlor. Unfortunately you're barefoot and they've posted the following sign:

"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service."

Luckily, you have the one ingredient needed for this instructable.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:
A dark marker or pen. Broad felt tips work best.

Step 2: Draw Your Straps

Start between your toes. Make a line from there around the the arch of your foot, about in the middle. Now make a second line about an inch away from from the first. Your shoes will look more realistic if the edges of these lines are sharp and clean.

Fill in the space between these lines. Do another set of lines on the other side of your foot. Make sure they disappear under the bottoms of your feet. Now do the same on the other foot. Try to make them match.

Step 3: Get Fancy (Optional)

If you've used a marker other than black, like I have, you can now add some shadows to give the illusion of depth. Just a thinish line on one side of your strap. Totally unnecessary, but it pleases the artist in me.

Step 4: Get Served

That's it! Walk in confidently, make your purchases, tip well and keep your feet under the table.

I'd love to get these tattooed on sometime, but I hear the feet can be a painful area for this.

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    I did a little digging and it turns out the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" thing is in fact not in the health code. It is a social rule about what is considered proper. So that would explain the disappearing signs.

    The businesses of course still have the right to have their own rules and can refuse to serve you.

    Here in California. there are no "no shoes, no shirt, no service" signs on shops by the beach. You can just walk in barefoot and no one will care.

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    I heard of a case where a country has none of these signs and people die there by the thousands due to nasty bacteria on the ground. And those who survive only one leg.
    Experts in the food service service industry blame that personnel is instructed to watch for loose lightbulbs, dropped toothpicks and many other sharp items instead of looking at customers' feet.

    The case I referred to where the man had his leg amputated happened in British Columbia, and it was at his home as he was cleaning up after a party, not in a restaurant. It was one of the cases of flesh eating bacteria featured on an episode of W5, I believe. I don't recall when exactly, but it most likely would have aired sometime in the late 90's, when flesh eating disease was in the news a lot. At least it was here in Canada, after Bloc Québécois leader Lucien Buchard nearly died from it. He had to have his entire leg removed in order to stop the infection.

    As I said, it is rare, but flesh eating bacteria does exist. It is antibiotic resistant, most often contracted through puncture of the skin by a contaminated object, and it is fatal if not treated within a short window of time. Treatment most commonly involves amputation of the infected flesh to stop the bacteria from spreading further, followed by massive doses of antibiotics. There was one case, also on W5, of a female truck driver who was treated with antibiotics alone and, remarkably, did survive.

    I know I take it more seriously than most people. That's because it frankly scares the crap out of me. Odds are it will never happen. But if it does, a little knowledge could be the only thing that stands between you and certain death. So you can laugh at me all you want, but do yourself a favour and learn what to do in the event you are infected.

    You know, they really aren't as prevalent around here anymore either. I looked around town for one to take a picture of to use for this 'ible. I couldn't find one. Either no one cares that much anymore or people are wearing shoes and shirts more often.

    Ever think the "No shirt, no shoes, no service" sign might actually be there for a reason? (i.e. local/state health codes) Why change getting a local food establishment in trouble if a health code violation is noticed by someone??? Wouldn't it just be more socially acceptable to keep a two dollar pair of Walmart sandals on you rather than a one to three dollar set of markers???

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    While I've never been accused of being "socially acceptable", I agree and thank you for your comment. The fines for violating health and safety codes can be hefty, (at least according to my last employer who used to threaten us on a regular basis if he walked in and found an empty soap dispenser by the hand washing sink, or some similar violation).

    Of course, it all depends on the inspector. Some of them are not overly observant and easily fooled. One time during an inspection I had to leave the kitchen to keep from cracking up and giving my boss away. I still can't believe the inspector actually fell for all his B.S. answers. (It goes without saying that establishment was not exactly the best. It closed a few months later.)

    Well, popular opinion seems to be that his right to wander barefoot and give money is more important that creating an atmosphere that is safe, healthy and respectful of others. If you want to wear a thong and a snuggie to the grocery store, you go for it!

    I worked in the food service industry for many years and I have to say I highly object to this. The health and safety codes exists for a reason, and the "no shoes, no service" rule is actually more for your own protection than anything else. But hey, if you want to risk stepping on a piece of glass that got missed when they were sweeping up after a lightbulb was accidentally broken, or a used toothpick that some other customer dropped on the floor, or any of the many pointy things that could pierce your skin and inject a nice dose of bacteria into your blood stream, then by all means, go ahead.

    FYI, you would never have gotten past me with a cheap trick like this. Not unless we were really slammed and I didn't have the chance to see you or the time to stop you.

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    You know when you start to qualify yourself as having "worked in the food service industry for many years" everyone rushes to pull out their bullshit bingo sheets, right?

    Also that mix of wanna-be bouncer, x-ray eagle eye and storyteller is straight up priceless.
    I love the many comedians in the instructables community and am thankful for the many humorous comments every day. Thanks guys!

    P.S.: I scored 5 points and another 7 debatable bonus points.

    Not sure which part tickled your funny bone, but I'm glad I provided you the opportunity practice your creative writing skills to compose this lovely insult thinly veiled as a nice comment.

    If you have experience or knowledge to add to, or contradict, my comments, then please do so. Otherwise I would appreciate it if you kindly refrain from calling me a liar. Thanks ever so much! :-)

    Sorry for the little rant. But it really is a health risk. I heard of a case once where a guy stepped on a dirty toothpick, got a bacterial infection, and had to have his leg amputated. It's rare that it is ever that serious, but it can happen.

    The risk is probably about the same walking on a beach barefoot I guess, except that there is probably more bacteria on the restaurant floor than on the beach. (Trust me, things are never as clean as they appear to be, even in a good restaurant. Especially if they have teenagers working there.)

    Love it! Here's a tip - get the more painful tattoos a little bit at a time. Get an outline, first. Not sure if it could be gradually filled evenly, but for something like this, you could build the filler with smaller designs. Like the images googled with "geometric Native American bead work"! That would be so cool!

    Depends on the marker. I put on socks and shoes after the last picture and ran 4 miles. Some of the ink transferred over to the socks but the majority was still on my foot.The nice thing is that if they do get wet, they dry out much faster than traditional shoes.

    Is it tested? Have you tried going places with them?