Has anyone else noticed how shoes on beds are everywhere at the moment? There is the possibility that the shoes were purchased never to be worn, only to fill wardrobes with consumer satisfaction, but if not then putting your shoes on your bed is a very dirty habit - probably quite opposite to the upper-middle class luxury life you were hoping to convey. What would your grandmother say?

I can understand that your crisp white bedspread is the perfect accessory for any on point monochrome Instagram, but put down your Iphone, take a minute and think this through... why would your shoes ever be on your bed? If you've bypassed leaving your shoes at the door and have stepped up on to your bed not considering your full dirtiness, here is some great info for you to consider before your next flatlay...

In 2008 Rockport shoes commissioned a study about bacteria found on footwear this is what they found:

"The common occurrence (96 percent) of coliform and E. coli bacteria on the outside of the shoes indicates frequent contact with fecal material, which most likely originates from floors in public restrooms or contact with animal fecal material outdoors. Our study also indicated that bacteria can be tracked by shoes over a long distance into your home or personal space after the shoes were contaminated with bacteria."

The study--which investigated germs and microbes collected on footwear found large numbers of bacteria both on the bottom and inside of shoes; averaging 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe and 2,887 on the inside. Some of the bacteria found on the shoes included: Escherichia coli, known to cause intestinal and urinary tract infections, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds.

Ain't nothing glamorous about that right? So maybe next time your waffle knit looks like the perfect contrast point for your new black brogues, think again, pop them back on the floor and snap away without risk of contamination.