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  • Dan: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Dan.

  • Neil: Let me just sit down.

  • Ah!

  • And I'm Neil.

  • Dan: Neil,

  • are you wearing high heels?

  • Neil: Hang on.

  • Ah!

  • Not any more!

  • Dan: How did they feel?

  • Neil: Agony!

  • How do women do this?

  • Dan: Why on earth are you wearing them?

  • Neil: Well, I wanted to look fashionable and cool!

  • Everyone knows that high heels are the

  • height of fashion

  • on the street, at work and at parties.

  • I'm ready for anything!

  • Dan: I'm not so sure you're right there, Neil.

  • Our topic for this 6 Minute English is about

  • the rise in popularity of the comfy shoe.

  • However, before we step into that,

  • let's have our quiz question.

  • Which famous sports clothing company's

  • first pair of running shoes

  • was inspired by the square pattern

  • on a waffle-making machine?

  • Was it: a) Adidas

  • b) Nike, or

  • c) Puma

  • Neil: Well, I have no idea, so I'm going to say

  • Adidas because that's got marks.

  • Dan: We'll have to wait until later to find out.

  • So, what do you think of when I say comfy shoes?

  • Neil: Well, 'comfy' is an adjective which is an informal

  • way of saying 'comfortable'.

  • So, I suppose we're talking trainers.

  • But I was always told that trainers weren't appropriate

  • for everywhere, like work and many formal or social

  • places, such as parties, bars and clubs.

  • Dan: Well, that certainly used to be the case,

  • but that may not be as true any more.

  • Victoria Moss is the Senior Fashion Editor

  • at the Telegraph newspaper in the UK.

  • Here she is speaking on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour

  • about why trainers are considered

  • more fashionable these days.

  • Is it something that's happened very recently?

  • Victoria Moss: Well I think it's been, sort of,

  • coming on for a while. And I think one thing in fashion

  • in the last 10 years has been a, sort of, mass

  • casualisation of everything. And there's been a big

  • streetwear trend, which has filtered through.

  • Dan: So, is it something that's happened very recently?

  • Neil: Apparently not, no.

  • She said that there has been a mass casualisation of

  • things over the last 10 years.

  • 'Casualisation' here means 'the

  • process of becoming less formal and more relaxed'

  • – 'more casual'.

  • Dan: Yes! Society has relaxed its idea of what

  • is considered formal or appropriate.

  • In addition,

  • we're told there has been a big streetwear trend.

  • 'Streetwear' is a style of casual clothing worn especially

  • by young people from urban settingsthat's the city.

  • Neil: This trend has filtered through.

  • If something 'filters through', it appears or happens

  • gradually over time.

  • Dan: So, presumably, the trend for streetwear filtered

  • through from its specialised area into mainstream

  • fashion until everyone was following it.

  • Neil: Well, that explains why trainers are more

  • fashionable these days, but it doesn't explain

  • why people are wearing them more.

  • Not everyone follows fashion, you know.

  • Dan: Yes, Neil, I can see that when I look at you.

  • But you're forgetting the comfy part.

  • Emma Supple is a podiatrist

  • – a foot doctor -

  • who also spoke on Woman's Hour.

  • Here she is explaining why being comfy is so important.

  • What are people doing more these days

  • that they weren't before?

  • Emma Supple: So what we're actually talking about is,

  • actually, people, for wellness walking more and doing

  • moreand they're not going to do that in

  • a lot of high heelsso trainers

  • are changing the materials. There are now a lot of fabric

  • trainers and if you've inherited foot problems,

  • then that kind of fabric

  • they're wrapping around knobbly bits,

  • and knobbly bits hurt.

  • Dan: What are people doing more?

  • Neil: They're walking more and they're doing it

  • for wellness.

  • 'Wellness' is the state of being healthy.

  • Dan: As a result,

  • trainers have had to change their materials to fabric

  • to make themselves more comfortable.

  • Neil: Not only that, but if you have any foot problems,

  • these fabric, or cloth, trainers are better at fitting

  • to the shape of your foot.

  • That means if you have any knobbly bits,

  • they won't hurt as much,

  • which makes trainers more comfortable for everyone!

  • Dan: 'Knobbly' is an adjective that means 'lumpy'

  • – 'having many raised areas on the surface'.

  • Neil: So, it's the combination of a change in fashion

  • and a change in materials

  • that's made trainers and other comfy shoes

  • more popular than ever, right?

  • Dan: Exactly!

  • And hard on the heels of that revelation,

  • we can reveal the answer to our quiz question.

  • Earlier I asked which famous sports clothing

  • company's first pair of running shoes

  • was inspired by the square pattern

  • on a waffle-making machine.

  • Was it: a) Adidas

  • b) Nike, or

  • c) Puma

  • Neil, you said?

  • Neil: I said Adidas

  • Dan: Sorry. The answer is Nike.

  • In 1971 their co-founder

  • Bill Bowerman was having breakfast when he

  • saw the waffle machine and it inspired the

  • design of Nike's first running shoe.

  • Let's hope it was comfy one.

  • Neil: Aha!

  • It must be time to review our vocabulary!

  • So, first we had 'comfy'

  • an adjective which is an informal ways of saying

  • 'comfortable'.

  • Dan: Then we had 'casualisation'.

  • This describes the process of things,

  • such as fashion or behaviour,

  • becoming less formal and more casual.

  • Neil: Next was 'streetwear'.

  • That describes a style of casual clothing

  • that is worn especially

  • by young people who live in cities.

  • Dan: Then we heard 'filtered through'.

  • If something 'filters through',

  • it appears or happens gradually over time.

  • For example,

  • has it filtered through to you yet, Neil,

  • that high heels were a mistake?

  • Neil: Yes it has!

  • They didn't do anything for my 'wellness', I can tell you,

  • which means 'the state of being healthy'.

  • Dan: And lastly, we had 'knobbly'.

  • This adjective means 'lumpy'

  • or 'having many raised areas on the surface'

  • - like skin when it gets cold.

  • Do you have anything knobbly on your foot, Neil?

  • Neil: Probably! My feet are killing me!

  • Dan: I think we've found your Achilles heel!

  • However, it's time to go.

  • But we will be back.

  • In the meantime, you can find us in all the usual

  • places online and on social media,

  • just look for BBC Learning English.

  • Bye for now.

  • Neil: Goodbye!

Dan: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Dan.

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The rise in popularity of the comfy shoe - 6 Minute English

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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