I had a 4.0 ladies day league match last week (three doubles, one singles, all hard courts). I was with five teammates who met at a central location and then carpooled in one lady's van. The courts were about 20 minutes away. My partner was "Jane." Jane always wears flip flops and then changes into her tennis shoes at the courts. We arrived for the match about 20 minutes early. As I was conferring with the opposing captain about line-ups, Jane came up and asked if I had an extra pair of shoes. Yep, she had forgotten her shoes. There was no time to drive back and get them, and no one on the team had an extra pair. Jane said she would play the match anyway wearing just socks. I was thinking this was not safe and we should just default the court. Luckily, opposing captain had an extra pair of running shoes (size 8.5 instead of the size 7 Jane wears). Jane thanked her profusely and played the match in what probably felt like clown shoes. A few questions: 1. If you were the opposing captain, would you have lent Jane the shoes or would you have kept quiet? 2. If you were acting captain like I was that day, would you let a teammate/partner compete in bare feet or wearing socks? 3. Why do people choose to wear sandals instead of traveling to the match in their tennis attire? Isn't that just asking for trouble?