An American tourist has spoken of her ‘culture shock’ after noticing a very peculiar habit of some supermarket shoppers during a trip to her local Woolworths store.
Sharing on TikTok, user Sophia said she was surprised at how many Australians were walking the aisles of the Woolies without shoes.
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The tourist – who lives in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – showed images of nearly a dozen barefoot Woolworths customers in the store.
Sophia noted that some of the Woolies shoppers had “completely black” soles.
And while the TikTok user said she doesn’t “hate” shoppers, she noted that people “definitely don’t do that in LA.”
In the video, Sophia noted that “masks are mandatory” while “shoes are optional.”
“So it was really a really quick and short trip to Woolies and I think it’s really interesting that people aren’t wearing shoes,” she said in the video, using the TikTok handle @ sophiainsydney.
“The soles were completely black”
“I know it’s really an Aussie thing, shoes are optional, rain or shine.
“And I’m sure people do that in Hawaii, but they certainly don’t in Los Angeles.
“And some people’s soles were completely black as you can see.
“But I don’t hate it, it’s just culture shock.”
Many TikTok users have agreed that going to the supermarket without shoes is that “Australian way of life”.
“Growing up near the beach, you get used to walking without shoes! They are too inconvenient, either slides or no shoes at all,” said one.
‘The best feeling’
Another said, “It’s the best feeling, shops without shoes.”
A third wrote: “You never want to wear shoes again if you got used to them.”
Added one more: “Anywhere on the coast barefoot!”
But other Australians were horrified by the habit of not wearing shoes.
“Australian born and bred and it always grossed me out! The amount of times my homies have stepped on glass…no sympathy!” said one.
Added another: “Aussie here! I’ve never walked barefoot on the streets. Good god!”
A third said: ‘It doesn’t fly in Melbourne.
Wrote one more: “If I had it all, it would be illegal.”