We don’t want to go all Emily Post on you, but there are certain things you should be doing because they are the right thing to do. When you see a parent with a stroller trying to enter a building, you hold the door open for them. On crowded city sidewalks during the rain, you use a small umbrella for one and not a golf-course umbrella for three. And now that warm weather is here this last one is a lot more noticeable: When you’re walking on the sidewalk if a woman in heels (or dragging a dog) needs to avoid the sidewalk grates, even if that means moving into your lane, you move out of the way.
We’re all trained from a young age that the right hand lane is our lane. Be it in a car on the streets,walking on the sidewalks, or riding on a metro escalator. And we get just as annoyed as the next guy when someone walking towards us deliberately chooses the wrong side of the sidewalk in some kind of bizarre tough guy/gal challenge (we see this the most on morning runs… some people will only run on the left).
Heels and sidewalk grates do not mix–when you see a woman in heels shift lanes as she approaches a grate you should not take this as a direct challenge. While we haven’t personally experienced it we’re guessing heels are uncomfortable enough without having to press all of your weight to your toes to avoid your heel being caught in a trap. We’ve seen enough credit card charges for Mrs Columbo’s shoes to know a lady isn’t going to test her strength against what the grate might do to her new Jimmy Choo peep-toe pumps. When the heels make the move to stay off the grates, you should make the move onto them.
Of course if she’s wearing wedges, all bets are off. In such cases you should feel free to shoulder-check away.