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Shoes

This episode's vocabulary


  • Evidently (adverb) - used to say what people believe is true.
  • Fall to pieces (phrase) - to break apart into smaller parts.
  • Casual (adj.) - casual clothes are not formal or not suitable for special occasions.
  • Footwear (noun) - shoes, boots, or any other outer covering for the human foot.
  • To appeal (verb) - to interest or attract someone.
  • Formal (adj.) - formal language, clothes, and behavior are suitable for serious or official occasions.
  • Dichotomy (noun) - the division of two things that are completely different.
  • Boot (noun) - a type of shoe that covers the whole foot and the lower part of the leg.
  • Heel (noun) - the raised part at the back of a shoe, under your heel.

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Questions and Answers


M: How often do you buy shoes?

R: Well, evidently not enough since the ones I'm wearing are falling to pieces. I think it's probably once a year, maybe slightly more of if I see a pair that I like.

M: Have you ever bought shoes online?

R: I think I've only ever done it once actually. And it ended rather badly for me. I thought they would be red, but they came in a different color. And I wasn't best pleased. So from now on, I head to the shoe shop when I want them, even if it is a bit inconvenient.

M: What's your favorite type of shoes?

R: I usually buy casual footwear from Skechers. It's a popular brand of shoes. They have quite a range, but only a small subset appeals to me really. I can't really remember the last time I bought anything even remotely formal. It's not necessary for work.

M: Do you like to wear shoes that are comfortable or good-looking?

R: Well, I don't see why it has to be a dichotomy. Why can't you have both? Everyone's got different tastes, but I think those are the main ones that informtheir taste. The only exception seems to be high heels which seem designed exclusively to torture women and look good at the expense of comfort, but that's not a concern for me.

M: Do you know anyone who likes to buy a lot of shoes?

R: You and my mother, Maria. I think you have competing shoe collections with like hundreds of pairs of boots and heels and all manner of other shoe types. As for the why, I have no idea why you like to buy them, but I only own four pairs of shoes or something like that.

M: Thank you, Rory, you for your answers!

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Discussion


M: So first of all shoes, can I say footwear?

R: You can say footwear. That's very formal though, isn't it?

M: Yeah. But as a synonym to shoes, I can say footwear. For example, you said I prefer casual footwear. Yeah?

R: Yes. So a casual footwear is just what you wear in your, well, everyday life really. And not for work, for example.

R: I feel like this is your specialist subject.

M: You can also wear comfortable footwear or shoes, sensible shoes, like no high heels, like flats, sensible shoes, comfy shoes. You can also have some heavy shoes, for example, light, light shoes, or light footwear, formal footwear. Any other synonyms to shoes, Rory?

M: Oh yes, shoes, ladies. Yeah. Yeah, but also for men, right?

R: We have like heels in high heels. That's not for men. But you can talk about those kinds of shoes.

M: Yeah, so footwear is one synonym, but then you go in-depth as to what kinds of shoes do you like? For example, Rory said that I prefer Skechers. So casual footwear, Sketches, right? But sketches are not like types of shoes. Skechers is a brand.

R: Yeah.

M: But you can mention types of shoes that you prefer. For example, I enjoy sneakers, like trainers. Yeah? Also, I wear boots. What kind of boots would you wear, Rory? If you had boots. I'm sure you don't have boots.

R: I don't know. I used to have boots, but I don't now. Are there different kinds of boots?

M: Yes, there are all different kinds of boots. Oh, God. So Russian boots, for example, Rory, valenki, we have traditional winter footwear, Russian boots. Also... How do you pronounce them?

R: Why on earth would I know what they, what they are? Describe them.

M: No, how do you pronounce them first.

R: I don't know. Tell me what they look like because I don't know what you're talking about.

M: Oh my God, Google it.

R: Oh, Ugg boots.

M: Ugg, oh, interesting. In Russian we say Ugi. But in English, it's Ugg boots. I don't know what do you call it in, how do you pronounce it in your own language? So Ugg boots, right?

R: Mm-hmm.

M: Also dear listener, please Google these words as you're listening to us because it's important for you to see a picture of these kinds of shoes to use the special words for a high score. Okay? So Ugg boots.

R: If you're ever asked about that.

M: Also guys, you can wear clogs, which are quite popular, or crocs. Crocs I think, even more popular. Crocs. Flip flops if you're on a beach. Have you ever worn flip flops to classes, Rory? Some teachers do.

R: Oh yeah, we were flip flops, well, flip flops, sandals in the dojo for martial arts. Yeah.
M: So flip flops, sandals are a bit different because flip flops they have this one string, and sandals can have like two stripes or strings. Moccasins. Okay? For men and for women - moccasins. This is how you pronounce it? Moccasins?

R: Moccasins, yeah. But I've never like, I don't know anything about them. Can you wear them in winter?

M: In winter? Well, there are autumn moccasins with, like fluff. They have some fur. In winter perhaps, yeah. But again, not as warm as boots. Oxford's. Oxford's are pretty popular now. They're in back in the trend with platform, you guys. So Oxford's. Oxford's, they are like... Oh, by the way, Oxford's were originally made in Scotland, Rory.

R: You could literally be making up this information and I would have no idea what you were saying.

M: Oxford shoes, you guys, like Cambridge and Oxford. Oxford shows. Google them. They're all different shapes and types. So yeah. Oh, for ladies, Mary Janes, Mary Janes, there are kind of a type of shoes. Dear listener, unfortunately, you have to Google all the names. Rory, do you want to know the trends for autumn 2021 in terms of shoes?

R: No, I have no idea. Like I don't follow this.

M: Okay. Yeah, I'm gonna tell you now so knee boots. You can be crazy about knee boots, knee like the part of your body, knee. Also ankle boots, for example. Then platform boots are quite fashionable now. So Oxford shoes and all kinds of platforms are quite popular. And also slippers, fancy slippers. Rory, can you imagine that? Would you wear some fancy slippers outside?

R: No.

M: With fluff and these pinky thingies. Dear listener, it's crazy. Yeah, just Google fancy sleepers.

R: We talked about different kinds of shoes. Are there any other things that we should talk about?

M: Well, for example, you said that you don't often buy shoe, the ones that I'm wearing are falling to pieces.

R: Yes, but that just means that they're not in a great condition.
M: Is it like common for men to wear some piece of clothes or shoes which are falling to pieces? Like you wear them until they are completely... They disappear on your feet. Is it common?

R: Pretty much, yeah.

M: For men. So it's like your favorite shoes, and you just keep wearing them.

R: Until they fall apart. Yes.

M: Yeah. While you're walking, you're walking and they just... Oops. These shoes are like 20 years old. These were my favorite ones. When you need to buy shoes, you go to a shoe shop. A shoe shop. Shoe shop?

R: Yes. I can't think of another word for a shoe shop though.

M: Well, you just head to a mall or a store. Shoe store. Okay, you mentioned a good one. Only a small subset appeals to me.

R: Oh, a subset is just a specific category within a category.

M: So I can say like a small group of shoes appeals to me, yeah?

R: No, because a group of shoes it sounds like it's a real thing. Whereas a subset is an idea, it's a way of classifying things.

M: So I enjoy Sketches, but only a small subset appeals to me. Yeah?

R: Yes.

M: So kind of specific shoes appeal to me. Yeah? At sketches.

R: Yeah. Or a specific category.

M: Okay. Categories. Yeah, shoe categories. Then, Rory, you mentioned that high heels are exclusively designed to torture women. Now we know.

R: So if something is exclusively designed to do something, then that means that it's just the only purpose behind it is to do that. In this case, it's torture. Like really, women always complain that their heels are painful, but I don't really understand why they wear these shoes if that's the case.

M: To be beautiful. Okay? To attract men. That's why. Yep. So, dear listener, if you are a lady and you enjoy wearing high heels, so we have different names for high-heeled shoes, stilettos, like ankle straps, Mary Jane shoes, then kitten heels. So make sure that you just Google some shoes, choose the shoes that you usually wear and also flats. Flats, when there is no hill, right? So for example, like again clogs, loafers, or just flats slip-ons. Again, you guys, please go to Google and Google some pictures, like shoe types, go to images, and you'll see different lovely pictures with the names of different shoes. Make sure that you do know three or four types of shoes that you like, and also that you would never wear, because, in the IELTS exam, you can also say that I usually wear flats. I would never put on any stilettos. Okay?

R: What kinds of shoes would you never wear?

M: I would never wear something like lobster claws.

R: I don't know what that is.

M: Or gladiators. Lobster claw, you just Google lobster claw, or you know, I would never wear these shoes with these toes. You have different toes in the shoe. You know what I mean?

R: I have absolutely no idea what you mean.

M: Oh Gosh, Rory, you're not a shoe person.

R: No.

M: You put them on and they can see your toes because your toes are separated. I don't know the name for it. They are ugly. Or you know, like your big toe is separate and then the other toes are like to one side. Gosh, this is ugly.

R: I don't know. Yes, but okay. I don't know. I can't talk about shoes.

M: There is a name, there is a certain name. Wait. Oh, yeah. barefoot shoes, for example. They are a new phenomenon.

R: That's a brand of shoe.

M: Yeah, but you see the toes separated. And also wait, I found it. Oh, it's so ugly, to me. I know, dear listener, maybe you enjoy them. But I'm gonna tell you the name and you should google them okay, and Rory please Google them now. Okay, there you go. Jika Tabby shoes.

R: Oh, I found them. They're the top search result. Are those for men?

M: No, they're unisex, both men and women can wear them. Oh, and if you see like a man wearing Tabby shoes... Oh, traditional Japanese footwear. Oh wow. Oh, split design. There we go. Tabby shows have a split between the big toe and the rest of the toes. Oh my God.

R: Well, this is great in terms of vocabulary.

M: Yeah, you go like, you know what? My favorite types of shoes are Tabby shoes. I enjoy the split design. Oh wow, band nine, okay? And the examiner has no idea what you're talking about. Tabby shoes? What? How did you pronounce it?

R: Jika-tabby?

M: Jika-tabby? Okay.

R: Right, let's bring this episode to a close. I can't think of a pun with shoes this is how bad with shoes I am.

M: No, we need to talk about Carrie Bradshaw.

R: No, we don't. No, we don't. Bye!

M: Oh Gosh. Dear listener, you can also Google Carrie Bradshaw and shoes and admire different pictures with Carrie Bradshaw's shoes. And she said that I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes. So if you enjoy Sex and the City, you know what I mean. So I lived in my shoes. Thank you for listening!

R: I'm done. I can not do this shoe stuff anymore.

M: It's okay, Rory, it's not just your thing. Dear listener, remember that it's not about the shoes. But it's what you do in them. Okay?

R: Bye!

M: Bye!

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