He is on good footing with the world. He stands well with the world. This is a French phrase, tre sur un grand pied dans le monde. ?Grand pied? means ?large foot,? and the allusion is to the time of Henry VIII., when the rank of a man was designated by the size of his shoe ?the higher the rank the larger the shoe. The proverb would be more correctly rendered, ?He has a large foot in society.?