We're especially excited about inviting a couple new AT Asia correspondents into regular coverage. Today we're starting off with Liz in Hong Kong, who shows us where residents keep their shoes in HK homes...
In cold, snowy climes, removing your shoes on entering a home is common sense. In warmer areas, though, keeping your shoes on inside is more common. In some Hong Kong homes, shoe removal is an absolute obsession...
Most apartments in Hong Kong are not equipped with closets; there is just no room to spare. So where do we keep the shoes? There are a few options: stricter households ask that you remove your street shoes prior to crossing the threshold, going so far as posting signs, leaving a sometimes messy pile of shoes in the hallway. Others install shoe cabinets in the shared hallways, alleviating the mess, but allowing the odour of shoes to be permanently enjoyed by all.
One of two big-ticket purchases we made when we moved into our apartment was an attractive shoe cabinet from local furniture maker, Joineur Family Store. The closed cabinet below holds our outdoor shoes, the glass top offers a landing strip and the clean lines of the Asian inspired design fits well into our modern home. No one wants to look at a pile of shoes – or especially smell them – the shoe cabinet is great solution.
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