The Islamic Republic's truly devout can also often be recognized by their shoes: those without laces can be easily removed in order to wash the feet for prayers. Newly minted Iranian diplomats are reportedly instructed in the art of appearing pious. "He who wears polished, fashionable and laced shoes, clearly does not take them off," former Foreign Ministry official and Ahmedinejad advisor Hashemi Samareh is said to have told new recruits. "Shoes whose back is not pressed down belong to a person who is not ready to wash them for prayers."
Fars News Agency