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Remember the shoey?

Yesterday, The New York Times published a delightful longread about “Australia’s grossest drinking tradition,” a practice which, as you might guess from the above image and the name combined, involves drinking out of a shoe. The piece above goes into the origins of the practice, as does the Times piece, and I encourage you to click on through to read both in full. (Maybe do ours twice, just for kicks.)

But this piece won’t rehash the history of “doing a shoey.” We’re here, instead, because of the greatness of Kacey Musgraves, and the fact that she apparently travels with a handy glass slipper.

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The NYT piece mentions that touring musicians often find themselves deafened by cries of “shoey!” when visiting Australia; some, like Post Malone, happily gulp beer from footwear and go about their set. When Musgraves was in Sydney last week, the Times writes, she heard the shoey chants:

“I’m not drinking out of your shoe,” she said to the fan who offered, adding an expletive for emphasis. “You could have athlete’s foot or something.”

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This earned admiration from some corners.

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The following day, however, Musgraves was in Melbourne, and she came prepared.

Kacey Musgraves did a shoey by bringing her own glass slipper to the show, filling it with tequila (per the Times, but also of course it’s tequila) and chugging it like a pro.

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In the interest of journalistic integrity, I should mention that I was already low-key obsessed with Kacey Musgraves before learning that she essentially saved herself from drinking out of a dank foot-smelling shoe by putting the whole tradition in drag. But were I not, this would just about have put me over the top.

In conclusion, here’s a food-related song from the undisputed Queen Of The Non-Gross Shoey:

Cheers, Kacey. (And cheers, Gray Lady.)

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