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Only wear white shoes...

Posted by Smokey Stover on September 05, 2005

In Reply to: Only wear white shoes... posted by ESC on September 03, 2005

: : : We are trying to learn the meaning of the phrase "White Shoes Permitted After Labor Day". What does it mean?

: : I assume it is some 'rule' of etiquette: a dress code of some sort?

: : DFG

: It is a fashion rule: "Originally, the rule was more along the lines of 'Only wear white shoes between Memorial Day and Labor Day.'"

: More details are on Ask Yahoo at Accessed September 3, 2005.

Sorry to restate the obvious, but the rule is, don't wear white shoes after Labor Day. Therefore the phrase "White shoes permitted after Labor Day" indicates an exception to the rule. I'm sort of curious about the context of the phrase. Surely no one would ever post a sign to that effect. So it must be some ironic expression of an author. SS