Thursday, January 27, 2011

Not seen that for a while

I was in Watford today and saw a couple of assistants dressing a shop window in their stocking feet. I have forgotten what shop it was. Removing shoes to dress shop windows does not seem as common as it used to be.

17 comments:

Sandro said...

CF, why, you think, is it not so common now?

Celestial Fundy said...

Maybe because most shops are owned by massive high street chains which changes the culture of retail.

I imagine the managers of these branches are less particular about the state of their window sills than those who grew up in the old culture of shopkeeping.

Are we British no longer a 'nation of shopkeepers?'

Sandro said...

It's an explanation that looks true.
Yet I've never thought the British are a nation of shopkeepers )
I've thought they are one of sailors and explorers )

Celestial Fundy said...

Then you disagree with Napoleon Bonaparte.

Sandro said...

I adore his genius, yet Mr.Nelson managed to prove he was wrong

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I don't know if you remember but I posted a while back about my colleague who was asked to take her shoes off because they were dirty.

Anyway, in the boutique where I work we are required to take our shoes off in the window. It seems sensible as shoes can leave a mark and it is easier to move around without them.

Incidentally, the same thing has happened once again with the girl who had to remove her shoes.

Viv.

Celestial Fundy said...

Viv, thanks for dropping in again.

I am very glad you don't wear shoes in the window of your boutique.

Anonymous said...

Thanks - I am always surprised, as you say, to see window dressers in shoes and sometimes clunky boots.

Viv.

Celestial Fundy said...

In my experience it seems to have become more common than not.

What do you think about removing shoes in homes, Viv?

Sandro said...

Viv, was she surprised to be asked for shoes off, or had expected this? Did she accept the idea, or just reluctantly complied?

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I always take my shoes off at home and whwen visiting friends - i do ususlly keep them on in work though - unless I am in the window of course!!

Sandro - she seemed happy to take her shoes off. I don't know why but she is always smartly dressed but does'nt seem to take much care of her shoes. It has been suggested she bring a pair to change into but she is'nt interested.

Viv.

Sandro said...

Thank you for the feedback, Viv

Anonymous said...

Your'e welcome,

She seems completely happy being in stockinged feet when her shoes are mucky.

Viv.

Sandro said...

I think mucky shoes are just an excuse for her to stay in her stockinged feet )
PS. Why not make it a dress-code for all the staff?

Anonymous said...

You mean have all the staff go shoeless - why?

Not sure I would like that!!

But this girl seem completely carefree about it.

Viv.

Sandro said...

It's up to you, Viv ) I understand and respect your choice.
I just thought since it's OK for the managers to let one staff member remove her shoes, it would be more consistent if everyone followed the same way, which would keep the floor cleaner and, since sales managers have to stand all day long, (their) feet healthier.

Greenstone said...

Viv,

This is interesting... where are your shoes located when you are standing in the window? Does the shoe policy apply to both men and women?