Yesterday, I had an unavoidable meeting I had to attend in the afternoon. Yesterday was Tisha b’Av, a very sad day in Jewish history. Jewish people typically fast all day and act like they are in a state of mourning. So I often try not to schedule meetings on that day, but if you must, it is best to do it after the second half of the day, which was 1:02pm.
So I schedule a meeting with a client at 1:00pm, which we really didn’t start until 1:10 or so. The thing is, besides for fasting and not feeling so great, I was not able to wear leather shoes. Why not? Well, it is a state of mourning not to wear leather, including leather shoes. Typically, when you go to synagogue on these days (Tisha b’Av & Yom Kippur) you see people wearing slippers or canvas shoes.
I couldn’t wear slippers to this meeting, so I purchased pleather (plastic leather) shoes from Payless. Here is the product, I think I ordered. As you can see, they look like they are leather, but they are really plastic. They are way cheaper, but even more important, they are legal for these types of days.
So I looked pretty normal at the meeting. Actually, at the end of the meeting, we were all standing up talking and I looked down at everyone’s shoes. My pleather shoes looked a billion times nicer than any of the other shoes there.