Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Window Dressing

I have noticed that retail staff often remove their shoes before setting up displays in shop windows.

The managers of their shops obviously fear the appearance of scuff marks on the shiny window ledges.

If you have a wood or vinyl floor, do you care about it as much as the managers of these shops care about the window ledges of their shops? Shoes can so easily cause scratches or leave marks on your floor. Especially if people get stones or other sharp stuff stuck on the sole.

8 comments:

jel said...

I like the no shoes deal,
and thanks stopping by my blog
have a great day! :)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Jel, I am glad you approve.

Thanks for dropping in.

God Bless

Matthew

Dorothy said...

you would be horrified of the condition of our wood floors. They were terrible when we moved in and have gotten worse in the year we have lived here.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Why do you think that is, Dorothy?

Dorothy said...

They look very bad. Our landlord has said we could redo them but it's alot of work and time so I don't think that will be happening!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Is the problem lots of scratches?

Being strict about being a 'No-Shoes' house will help to prevent it getting worse.

God Bless

Matt

wee mcculley said...

First of all, apologies for responding to such an old post. In my defence, I have only come across your admirable blog. The Window Dressing post struck a chord with me because my mother worked in retail for many years. I grew up, you could say, in a retail environment and because of that from a young age I was well aware of the "Shoes Off" rule for shop windows. Go back to the 1970's and 1980's and it was a rule; no shop worker in any store in any British High Street would have entered the window display with their shoes on. Nowadays, only a tiny minority of stores adhere to it. It's about a decline in respect for other people's property, but also an in-built British fear of shoe removal.Last year I was in a shop where a young female assistant begged a colleague to retrieve an item from the window display because,"I don't want to take my shoes off!" Recently I went to a local Islamic Centre with someone from my work. She displayed no reluctance to take her boots off when asked to, but when I asked her how she felt about being in her stocking feet she replied, "It's weird." Needless to say the carpets we were walking on were spotless. No wonder our homes, and shop window displays, are in such a mess. Keep up the good work.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Wee, thanks for your support and encouragement.

I think a lot of British people feel more comfortable without their shoes on, but actually being asked to remove them is what makes them feel weird.

God Bless

Matthew