It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Bibs? For shoes? Why?

But really, if people are honestly willing to spend money on something as randomly pointless as these things, I need to polish up my marketing skills. I’m sure there’s a public just panting for … um … elbow hats. Or ice-cream lickers. Or downspout wipers, soother stretchers, carpet polishers… The list is endless.


[via: Unclutterer]


February 9, 2011 - Posted by | random and odd


  1. That is bizarre

    Isn’t it, though? For a steady stream of the “who would buy that” bizarre items, check out Unclutterer‘s “Unitasker Wednesday”. Things that have one and only one use: in other words, unnecessary, highly-specialized clutter.

    Comment by IfByYes | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. They remind me of spats, only less elegant. I guess that’s why Babar isn’t in the picture.

    You’ve got me wondering: Did spats serve any useful function?

    Comment by Elaine | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. If you need an ice cream licker just call me!

    I will!

    Comment by Bethany | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. There was a time those were called spats and were the height of fashion for a certain kind of fella. I am very old if I know that! Seriously, what is the possibility that they are actually part of some random costume the kid had around the house?

    On sale at Amazon for $19.99? Who knows? (And I know what spats are: not through any personal experience, mind you, and more than I suspect you do. Didn’t they go out of fashion in about 1932?)

    Comment by jwg | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  5. Those are totally just normal bibs that some doofus stuck on his shoes.

    I know! And what’s even weirder is that people (presumably not millions of them, but still) people have purchased these thing! For twenty bucks a pop! Weird…

    Comment by Sarah | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  6. …and they’re on Amazon for 19.99.

    I hope this is a joke!

    As far as I can make out, it’s entirely serious. Hard as that is to believe!

    Comment by Blythe | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  7. While my son routinely destroys shoes, I would never put these ridiculous things on him. I just clean his shoes. And if he’s goofy enough to get his socks all wet while he’s outside, he’ll just have to live with wet feet for a little while.

    I’m having trouble imagining what they’re supposed to do. Kids regularly destroy the toes of their shoes, dragging them while riding their bikes or in the stroller — these don’t protect the toes. Kids drag their heels — these don’t protect the heels. If a kid stomps through a puddle while wearing his “shoe bibs”, their feet will still get soaked. So, they… what? Keep the shoelaces clean???

    Comment by Dani | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  8. If you would notice,there are wood shavings around his feet. The bibs prevent the wood shavings from becoming lodged into the lacings of the shoes. That is my take on the purpose of shoe bibs.

    Comment by Judy | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  9. Do we even want to speculate on the origin of those shavings?

    Comment by jwg | February 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Someone who works with wood of course. I used to work in a frame shop, and I would have not only wood shavings, but also metal flakes stuck in the holes for the laces in my sneakers from cutting the rails for the frames. And…if I was using spray glue to mount things being framed, then the shavings were pretty darn hard to dislodge from my shoes,since they had glue overspray on them. But I wouldn’t spend $20 on those bibs, I just wore older shoes and only wore them for work.

      Comment by Judy | February 10, 2011 | Reply

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