Those are some pretty big shoes to fill

February 12, 2011

Blog Guy, you’re obviously a very cosmopolitan dude, a citizen of the world, right?

Well, growing up in Indianapolis we supposedly had some Belgians living on our block, although I never actually saw them.

BRAZIL-USA/GEITHNER

I guess that will do. I heard a rumor that people in Brazil never wear shoes, and I wanted to check that out.

You mean during Carnival? Because if you were paying attention, I covered that this week.

No, I mean in general. Like I heard even the top leaders go barefoot all the time.

brazil shoes crop 300That just isn’t true. To help dispel groundless rumors like this, we take shoe shots at every major international meeting.

The shoes you see on the left belong to the former president of Brazil’s Central Bank. The ones on the right are U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Geithner’s shoes look more expensive. GO USA! The ones on the Brazilian guy don’t even seem to fit him, do they?

No, they do look about four sizes too large. Maybe they’re hand-me-downs, but at least they are shoes. I didn’t say Brazilians wear shoes that fit, did I?

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The shoes of the former President of Brazil’s Central Bank Henrique Meirelles (L) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are pictured during a meeting with students at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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You know what they say about big shoes….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by robert basler, cabun. cabun said: [Oddly] Those are some pretty big shoes to fill http://reut.rs/h9Xq1m [...]

His heel must be like J-Lo’s butt.

Posted by T54 | Report as abusive

BG: Thank you so much for not posting a photo of clown shoes! At least not the red and yellow floppy ones.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Mr. Meirelles heard the Carnival dancers were working as shoeshine women to raise money to replace their feathers and jewels. Those shoes don’t fit as he had all of his own polished and had to borrow a pair to continue to support the, um, arts.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Perhaps these shoes were made from skin from circumcisions. You know, the shoes are really small until you rub them a couple of times….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Amazing how they love to fit in other’s shoes :P

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Lost in translation – what was said to him was “Wear your your partyin’ shoes”. What he heard was “Wear shoes large enough to hold a party in”.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Meirelles’ shoes exhibit the latest in fashion design, whereby shoes are purposely larger to enable easy removal should a sudden protest take place.

Picture here shows such shoes in use during the Egypt Protests:
http://totallycoolpix.com/wp-content/upl oads/2011/11022011_egypt_protests_the_sh oes/egypt_017.jpg

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Hmm.. sounds like you’re sort of waffling on the Belgians thing.

Posted by ARJTurgot2 | Report as abusive

Our statue of liberty has requested a blindfold-she can’t watch any longer!!!

Posted by DrJJJJ | Report as abusive

We had a play in college we called the “Statutory of Libertine”!

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