Keeping a safe social distance from others has been a difficult pill to swallow for a lot of us over the last three months, but one kind Romanian sir is doing his part to make sure everyone’s on the same page -- whether they like it or not.
Grigore Lup, a shoemaker from Cluj, has been cobbling European size 75 shoes in an effective, albeit ridiculous, effort to enforce social distancing in his city.
Lup has been crafting leather shoes for 39 years, per the Post, getting most of his business from theatres and opera houses. When live shows shut down indefinitely due to COVID-19, the demand for costumes plummeted, which, like many shuttered businesses, prompted Lup to get creative.
Having adapted this “long footwear” from a model he’s used for actors, Lup told the Post that if two people wore the shoes facing each other, there would be almost 1.5 meters between them, which, for those of us who stubbornly don’t use the metric system, is just shy of 5 feet. Better than nothing!
“You can see it on the street, people are not respecting social distancing rules,” said Lup.
The shoes retail at $115, a small price to pay to send a not-so-subtle message to your friends who “just want to get a beer and hang!”