Open Post: Hosted By Harry Styles Partaking In The Australian Tradition Of Drinking From A Shoe
I’ve always had the impression that Australia’s a place with warm people who live in a beautifully diverse range of landscapes and climates, each with its own array of scary ways to meet one’s demise. But aside from animals like fucking pythons and roided out kangaroos, apparently, athlete’s throat is a peril recently plaguing musicians who tour there because they’ve been embracing the Aussie tradition of the “shoey,” or drinking from a shoe. Post Malone (who I just assume would drink beer from a shoe in any location) drank beer from a fan’s shoe while in Australia earlier this month, and now Harry Styles just joined in by drinking water from his own shoe during his tour stop in Perth yesterday.
The Independent says Harry paused mid-concert to quench his thirst (both physical and metaphorical) by drinking water from his sneaker after urging a fan he brought up on stage to do it first.
In between songs, Styles brought a crowd member on stage, per local news site Perth Now.
Asking the man if he’d ever done a “shoey” – an Aussie tradition which requires a person to drink from their shoe – the “As It Was” singer urged the fan to perform the act live on stage, promising that he would do it too. Once the man agreed, drinking water from his shoe, Styles made good on his word later in the evening.
Taking off his own shoe and pouring water from a bottle, Styles addressed the crowd, saying: “This is one of the most disgusting traditions I’ve ever heard of.”
He then raised his shoe to his lips and proceeded to drink the water, before dumping the rest on his face.
Here’s Harry clad in his sequined food shirt du jour getting some of the shoe water in his mouth:
Harry Styles hysteria took over Perth's HBF Arena last night, with the superstar treating the packed stadium to a shoey during the first leg of his 'Love on Tour' tour Down Under. #9News pic.twitter.com/rdeOoIk9P5
— 9News Perth (@9NewsPerth) February 21, 2023
He might’ve had to gyrate around in a wet shoe for the rest of the evening, but at least he didn’t split his pants this time! Harry seemed disgusted with himself in the aftermath as audience members screamed, “HOW DID IT TOYSTE?!”
Styles reportedly looked queasy afterwards, joking to the crowd: “I feel like a different person, I feel ashamed of myself.
“It feels so personal, such an intimate moment to be shared with so many people,” he said. “I’ll be discussing this with my therapist at length.”
Many fans were disgusted by their wholesome, untouchable darling’s tame stunt.
Numerous recordings of the event have been posted to Twitter, with several fans commenting in disgust.
“Tradition or not, that shit is nasty af,” one responded. A second agreed, writing: “No this actually made me nauseous this is so vile.”
“I’m not even joking I literally threw up,” a third tweeted, with a fourth calling it “so disgusting”.
Harry had toyed with the idea of doing a shoey while in Australia back in 2020:
The shoey 👞 #harrystyles #fyp #parati #foryou
He’s been edging Australian foot juice enthusiasts for three years and water was the best he could do? Water? Next time, try Chris Pine’s revenge spit or Olivia Wilde’s special dressing!