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Where The Shoe Pinches

One of my creative writing exercises reflecting on the meanings of idiomatic phrases and expressions.

Generally, if you are wearing shoes or boots that pinch at the skin on your feet, you know at which points the pain is apparent. The shoe might scrunch up the toes or the loose heel might scrape at the skin on the back of the ankle.

Similarly, in life, we know the factors that can ruin an otherwise perfectly good day; we wanted toast but the bread had run out or gone mouldy in the bread-bin. The cat dragged a mouse in and you had to clean up the mess, etc.

The pinched shoe-point is the focus of blame, and generally a genuine one. It may be a person who is the pinching shoe; someone failing to keep an appointment on time or not paying back a debt you hoped to have settled, a partner forgetting your anniversary, or birthday, etc.

Some pinching shoes are easier to change than others.

Arthur Chappell

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stbrians wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:25 AM

The shoe cannot pinch the head but pinches the leg and toes. The troubled place should be solved

scheng1 wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:27 AM

If the shoes pinch, we can throw out the shoes. If the spouse forgets wedding anniversary, best to throw him out of the bedroom for a week.

maxeen wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:38 AM

At least it is a warning to get rid of the tight shoe.

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:59 AM

rather a draconian solution but it would get the message across lol

BodieMor wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:24 AM

Ugh, right now I have a spasming back, which is pinching up my whole life!

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:52 PM

hope you get that sorted out ok soon BodieMor

BodieMor wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:24 PM

Less about me, more about you...
Options: get rid of the shoes or take them to a shoemaker to be stretched into a better fit. Or shrink your feet???

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:18 AM

I have understood it differently. The saying is something like - it is only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches which means others are not sensitive to the sufferings of others.