This incident happened several years ago. During that time I felt a bit embarrassed, but come to think about it, it was actually nothing.
Today, I won’t let this thing happened to me again.
However, through this incident, I realised how bad were some people and how supportive were some people too.

I remember I once made myself so embarrassed

Remember it vividly though happened many years

Went to work by company bus when sky still dark

Without knowing I put on wrong shoes, just my luck

A guy with the name of Bernard came to my office

He was from the sales section, never knew he was nosey

“Why one black one brown?” exclaimed Bernard to one guy

I then knew my shoes were of different colours and design

The brown one had a sharper heel while black one was not

They were totally different yet no one saw them, oh my God!

Two guy colleagues witnessed that but dare not laughed at me

One guy offered me his size 42 flip-flop, oh, it was so funny

If he were to laugh, I won’t be so embarrassed, but he kept cool

Made me feel as if I had done something really so shameful

Another guy suggested to send me home to change during lunch

I said “it’s okay, I take company bus home anyway” as I acted calm

“No, you better go back as he will have the news spread to others”

“Who cares” I said “I put on flip-flop, is there anything embarrass?”

Both guys insisted I go home and three of us went on a car at noon

I had my shoes changed at my house and then to lunch, the car “zoom”

After lunch I came back with a pair of lovely brown colours shoes finally

Came in two ladies from the accounts section, so the news spreaded already

Gina said “Eh, I heard that you put on two different types of shoes, but where?”

Sharlene said “I heard Bernard mentioned when I met him at food court there”

I answered “I think something wrong with this guy, he may have colour blind”

“Black to him may be brown, brown to him may be black, look, my shoes were fine”

The above was real happening, many years ago, during that time, I was a bit confused (blame on my “tender” age that time).  However, today I am more cool (sounds like real, you believe me?). 

You may also read my earlier post below on another story, which happened at the same place, around the same time as above :

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  • Dreamy777 on Apr 27, 2011

    great one

  • fagina on Apr 27, 2011

    I never knew there were news spreaders among guys also! Generally it is women who are keen to spread such things.I mean women who are idle and bored to death,not women who are smart and can entertain themselves without having to bother others.

  • Starpisces on Apr 27, 2011

    •thanks friends for your comments.

    @fagina – actually only 1 guy spreaded the news only, to the 2 ladies when he met them. If he were to tell me straight, will be different, but he said out loud to one guy who happened to be with him, and my 2 guys colleagues heard it, they did not spread the news, but supported me instead. I actually wanted to go with the guy’s flip flop all the way, but they wanted me to have them changed as they worried I will feel uncomfortable with that.

  • gaby7 on Apr 27, 2011

    An interesting story here; shoe mishaps are so common! I remember many years ago in my local village market, I and my peers went socializing in the market place! For the youth in Acholiland where I come from in Northern Uganda, local markets places where youth find love, because the girls visit the market once a week from far and near.

    So as a High school boy in a village where going to a secondary school was largely a reserve for the very few, we were the most sought after boys by the girls then. So I put on my tight fitting boots and hit the road to the market which was about 3km from my home. When we were about a km to the market place-my feet had blistered and my gait had really changed to something very awkward. My friends wondered what was happening to me because I could not even catch up with their pace.

    Then one of them gave a close look at my boots and found out that my left boot was on my right leg and the right boot on the left. By the time I tried to remove the boots, some of the village girls had noted my stupid way of wearing shoes and some even started wondering whether I was that highly hyped High school boy so talked about in the village! It is still some kind of embarrassment that nags me to this day whenever I think about a shoe mishap! Very interesting piece here Star.

  • Starpisces on Apr 27, 2011

    Gaby – thanks for sharing with us your experience, sometimes things can just happen when we never expect at all. For my case, not only the designs and colours were different, know what, the height of the shoes slightly different and I did not feel it at all. That was the time when I always put on court shoes (but quite low heel), nowadays I did not wear them as I always have blisters on my feet and I put on something different.

  • real lady on Apr 27, 2011

    Are you sure he’s a guy? :)

  • Christine Ramsay on Apr 27, 2011

    That is nothing to be ashamed of, Star. I turned up at my teaching job a number of times wearing different coloured shoes of the same style when the mornings were too dark to see properly. It used to give the staff and children a good laugh. You got a good post out of it.

  • Anuradha Ramkumar on Apr 27, 2011

    I tend to wear different colored socks. It is interesting to note that guys to spread news.

  • Brenda Nelson on Apr 27, 2011

    some people do that on purpose.

  • elnavann on Apr 27, 2011

    Funny story. You are not alone it seems.

    One can think of many answers to this Bernard guy after the fact.

  • Starpisces on Apr 27, 2011

    thanks again, friends.

    That happened many years ago, I think most of us quite childish (even now…). The guy only mentioned to the 2 ladies when he met them at the food court during lunch time, and funny thing was they bother to come and check out but found nothing as they came too late.
    During that time, I felt embarassed but nowadays I am not so easily (maybe already numb….lol)


  • The Bling on Apr 27, 2011

    I think it is a fashion trend to wear differently-styled shoes and socks. You are in!

  • Macherie on Apr 27, 2011

    wow, that is embarassing.. hehehe. its a common occurence when you are really in a hurry and was not paying attention.

  • LCM Linda on Apr 27, 2011

    Star, I am with you. Though I haven’t put on different shoes, I have two kinds of experience for sharing. A reversal wearing (inner side at the front) is common, for clothes and soaks. When I was still a newbie at work many years ago, my mother ironed the clothes for me. One day a male colleague asked me “Is it a trend to have the mark on one side of your coat?” Trust you guess what it was. An iron burnt mark. I immediately took off that coat. I didn’t know how many colleagues saw or knew about the mark. I was abnormally calm at that time because I knew my mother’s character, even there were something wrong, she simply acted as if nothing happaned and put the coat back to my wardrobe. It’s my fault not to double check the clothes before I wear them.

  • Lady Sunshine on Apr 28, 2011

    No need to be embarrassed. People like to gossip, don’t they? Another enjoyable piece, Star. ^_^

  • Jimmy Shilaho on Apr 28, 2011

    A very enjoyable piece.

  • Videomark on Apr 28, 2011

    There are many times that I wore a black sock and a blue sock to work. It is tough when you get up in the dark.

  • Ruby Hawk on Apr 28, 2011

    Your story reminds me on one my better half told on himself. He was on a flight when he looked down at his feet and saw he had on one black sock and one purple. It can happen to anyone. It’s always funny after the fact.

  • Sharif Ishnin on Apr 29, 2011

    It that did not happen, you would not have something to write about today. Some people wear clothes inside out without realizing

  • FX777222999 on Apr 30, 2011

    That’s life and we have to accept it…

  • BeatsMe on Apr 30, 2011

    Ahhh. Don’t worry about it. It happens all the time. :D

  • Likha on Apr 30, 2011

    Haha! I have seen my boss do the same. I figure you are a boss as well. lol.

  • Val Mills on May 9, 2011

    Ha, ha … that actually happened to me once too – the five year old children in my class were too polite to tell me :-)

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