an old shoe

an old shoe

Someone or something that is very familiar or comfortable, especially in an agreeably unpretentious or unrestrained manner. This car may have seen better years, but it's still like an old shoe to drive around in. My grandma is such an old shoe. She's just the best person to be around.
See also: old, shoe
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A BINMAN has returned [euro]1,500 found in an old shoe to an elderly Alzheimer's sufferer.
Al Tawash Shoes, the building that caught fire, was an old shoe and clothes warehouse, workers in nearby factories and eyewitnesses said.
Barclays started the revolution in 1966 when newly-recruited bank clerks joined a team of managers to launch the country's first flexible friend at an old shoe factory in Northampton.
We went in and did some rehearsals, and the moment we plugged in it was like putting on an old shoe.
Helpful hints that even kids can do include sorting and recycling junk mail, making colorful and functional toy houses from used milk or juice cartons, creating a castle out of an old cardboard box, making puppets out of old socks and designing a treasure chest out of an old shoe box.
They're desperately suburban with about as much charisma as an old shoe.
A Victorian railway ticket discovered in an old shoe box hidden away in a Birmingham attic has sold at auction for a world record pounds 3,105.
A peer assigned to answer questions can be more effective than a boss who wears the organization like an old shoe and, consequently, won't think to mention the holes in the sole to a newcomer.
O'Neil subscribes wholeheartedly to the view of the war that was purveyed at the time in Bill Mauldin's cartoons: The American soldier, plain as an old shoe, skeptical of authority, oblivious to the high-minded purpose of the war, was nonetheless a tough, brave, unstoppable fighter whose virtues made up for the vices of the preening MacArthurs and Montgomerys.
As part of the Operation Christmas Child Appeal, people are being asked to fill up an old shoe box with toys so youngsters in poor countries can still enjoy the festival.
If you decorate an old shoe box, it makes a really great storage compartment for your old photographs.
Ask students to bring in an old shoe they have outgrown that they think best represents them (tennis shoes, skateboard shoes, cowboy boots, cleats, dance shoes, etc.
Years later, engaged to be married and about to buy my first house, she appeared with an old shoe box.
I'm more like an old shoe that is always comfortable to wear.