the phrase “being on a good footing with them” usually describes a pleasant relationship. according to some, it was derived from an early apprenticeship practice. After the end of a first day at work an apprentice invited new colleagues out for drinks and “footed the bill” and thus gained a “good footing”
a second derivation links the phrase with a bizarre interpretation of human anatomy – the importance given to the length of your digits. At one time, the dimension of the middle toes determined a person’s “standing” in the community. thus the measurement of their foot decided their status in the eyes of others. Those with large feet were lucky to be on a “good footing”.
What your toes Know tells you more
LARGE, ROUND BIG TOE If you’re big toe is somewhat bulbous you’re bound to do something to wow the world
LONGER, NARROW BIG TOE You’re likely to gravitate toward more technical pursuits.
SMALLER, SQUAT BIG TOE You have the tendency to be very focused and a little cautious.
VERY STRAIGHT, WELL-GROUNDED BIG TOE Confidence is your key to success, sister, so stay on track by keeping that self-esteem in check.
toes from Gore Galore
CROOKED BIG TOE Could it be you’ve settled for less? Be true to you.
A BIG TOE THAT POINTS UPWARD A real die-hard dreamer has a toe that doesn’t come in contact with the ground at all.
A BIG TOE THAT POINTS DOWN You have untapped energy and talent.
shoe by vivienne westwood
Podiatry is a popular profession at the gimcrack. we have several who visit our patients regularly because lord knows most old people have ghastly feet. I can think of more exciting jobs but I’d rather cut toenails than clean up vomit so it’s worth considering……