Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tattler Magazine: Off with her.. Shoes!

Tattler Magazine: Off with her.. Shoes!

The author of this post complains because she was asked to remove her shoes before entering the fitting room in a high street fashion store.

I have not heard of this happening outside of Japan, where it is the norm. It is a really sensible idea. Have you ever noticed that the carpets in store changing rooms are never that clean?

People are going to take their shoes off in the fitting room, why not have them remove them before?


Tiger Mouse said...

For me, it would be one thing to not have my shoes with me in the fitting room when I either 1)do not know what shoes I plan to wear with whatever it is I'm trying on (which has occasionally been the case) or 2)am trying on something like pajamas or swimwear with which I wouldn't normally wear shoes (except maybe flip-flops, or in the case of the pajamas, slippers if those even count as shoes) or 3) am trying on jeans, t-shirts, and other "casaul" items, that give off a, for lack of a better term, indifferent to whether or not shoes are in the picture.

However, if I'm shopping for a dress for a certain occasion and know what shoes (and hoisery, if applicable, depending on the formality of said occasion) I plan wear with it (and to make things easier, let's assume this is a pair of shoes that I already own), I prefer (if I think of it ahead of time) to wear said shoes to the store so that when I'm trying on dresses, one of the factors I can take into consideration is how it looks with the shoes, rather than try the dress on with bare or stocking feet (and thus having to "guess" how it'll look with the proper shoes), and then spend the money only to find out all too late that it doesn't go with whatever shoes I had planned on wearing, in which case I'd have to either return the dress and get something else or get special shoes to go with the dress (although that's not so bad if I haven't bought the shoes yet anyway). The last time I wore a pair of dress shoes to go shopping in order to see what a dress would look like with them was when I was sixteen and looking for a dress to wear to my sister's wedding. Lucky for me though, the dress I had gotten was a green floral one in a style one might wear to church and the shoes were the basic black flats that go with almost any conservative-type dress or even say, a dark or jewel-toned velvet one for a fancy party, but while I have personally seldom, if ever, had any cause to get shoes that would ONLY go with a certain color and/or style of dress, or vice-versa, there are probably ladies who have. It's probably easier on them, when it's possible (which it may not always be, I'll admit) to see in advance what the dress and shoes look like together, versus if they have to guess what one will look like with the other and have the guess come out wrong. Maybe I'm the one that's wrong. Maybe people's guesses of how a certain ensemble would look with a certain pair of shoes (unless they have no intention of wearing shoes with whatever they're trying on) is usually pretty good. And I'm sorry if I repeated myself and/or rambled too much.

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I work as the manageress of a wedding dress shop, here in the UK.

As you can imagine many of the dresses are very expensive and some have long "trains" and so on.

For this reason we ask customers to remove their shoes when trying them on, - really just to avoid damaging the dresses. We have a descreet notice next to the changing room.

For the same reason both myself and the other girls who work in the shop always go shoeless in the store.

Hope it doesn't sound strange, but it is actually more practical, not to mention comfy, working in this way.

I also find it makes getting ready in the morning much easier as knowing that I am going to be in my stockinged feet or slippers all day means I don't need to worry about fingding shoes to go with my outfit!!


Celestial Fundy said...

Angela, thanks for visiting and for letting me know you are from the UK. Its nice to know where people are coming from.

I understand a lot of wedding outfit shops have a shoes-off rule. It does make a lot of sense.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply.

Have you heard of the shoes off thing in other wedding shops in the UK?

To be honest I had'nt, - it was just something that we introduced because it seemed obvious.

Although, we are a samll shop, whenever I am interviewing I always mention the shoes off thing to potential employees, and no one has ever compalained. I suppose you would'nt expect them to in an interview, but most seem to postively welcome it!!

Incidentally, we all wear formal shoes to work, so we have them if we need them, but just go sholess in the shop.

We don't allow the staff to literally go barefoot, as it may look a little unprofessional!! The "rule" is either stockinged or socked feet or slippers, ( I mean smart slippers not the fluffy bedroom type!!).

By the way I completely agree with you about shoes off at home. Wearing shoes in the house or someone else's house is disgusting.


Celestial Fundy said...

Angela, thanks for voiceing your opinion on shoes-off in homes.

I think I might have heard about one or two wedding shops in the UK having the rule.

My ex-girlfriend was going to marry me a few years ago (a bit of a disaster). She did do a few fittings and bought a dress (no idea what she has done with it five years on!). She went in a few shops but did not mention being asked to remove her shoes, though maybe that would have not been a significant thing for her to mention.