Monday, November 02, 2015

Some still do that

It has been commented on this blog that the practice of retail staff removing their shoes before dressing shop windows has substantially declined. Nevertheless, I saw a woman who had removed her shoes dressing the window in H & M in Hemel Hempstead today, so it still does happen.

22 comments:

Paul said...

Great to know it still happens. Was the woman young, and what was she wearing?

Interestingly, last time I saw someone remove their shoes to dress a shop window was in H&M - this was in Stockholm, though, and a long time ago, I was sure this practice was now gone.

Elain Smith said...

Hmmm yes that must have been refreshing to see I know that they very rarely do it her at all anymore but do have fond memories of stocking footed ladies in shop windows dressing the mannequins it seemed to me that it was a requirement to do that in stockinged feet and always done by ladies or girls............

Elain Smith said...

and it may be off topic but while I am here I have seen a few movies where women in movies are required to remove their shoes before being executed.........2 that come to mind were "I want to live" and 'the conspirators" Im not sure if it was for comfort or noise...........but I just saying they did and I want to live was based on a true story as was the conspirators i found it rather interesting sort of like the unwritten rule when I went to church all females were required to enter the chapel in stocking feet only.

Paul said...

Elain, I don't think I have ever seen assistants remove their shoes to dress shop windows in English-speaking countries - only in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. I think it is sad that this good practice is disappearing. What did women dressing shop windows that you saw wear? Were they dressed up? Also I wonder whether it was the shop policy or women chose to take their shoes off as a courtesy.

Matthew Celestis said...

Paul, I think she looked young, but I didn't want to stare at her, so I couldn't say definitely. Why do you want to know what she was wearing?

Paul said...

Matthew - the reason I was asking us that I hope she had clean socks on, I am not sure bare feet in a shop window is hygienic!

Matthew Celestis said...

She was wearing socks.

But I think your concern is misplaced. Hands are a lot dirtier and unhygienic than feet.

Paul said...

Good that she was wearing socks. I think bare feet would be inappropriate there and might even look unprofessional if not downright gross.

Matthew Celestis said...

Please don't be trollish. This comment thread is not a platform for you to vent about bare feet being 'gross.'

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure it just applies to windows.

I work in a travel agency and often have to park on a grassy area.

If the grass is wet or muddy I take my shoes off in work, to avoid walking dirt into the carpets.

Paul said...

This is very nice and considerate of you - do you change into clean shoes or just work in your stockinged feet, and if the latter, do your customers see that you have no shoes on?

Matthew Celestis said...

I remember somebody who worked in a travel agency commented a few years ago. Is that you?

Mark said...

John lewis window dressers wear ballet style pumps. It is classy shop so this comes as no surprise. I also suspect that the majority of people who shop at John Lewis take their shoes off at the door in their own homes and when visiting

Anonymous said...

No I hav'ent posted here before. I change into indoor shoes.

Paul said...

Mark - do you mean that John Lewis window dressers change into ballet style pumps before stepping in the window? Or they take those off?

Mark said...

They put them on before window dressing, Paul

Neil Gardner said...

Hi

This practice is still prevalent but many shop window displays are integrated into the actual shop itself not a separate platform.

That said I too witnessed a female shop assistant-barefoot-arranging mannequins in a H&M branch in Harlow,Essex.

Many years ago it was common to witness shop assistants window dressing shoeless-can remember a local shoe shop where female shop assistants were required to remove their shoes to change the displays-all were dressed in white blouse/blue skirt and natural coloured nylons.Possibly these days many shops do not require assistants to dress as formally.

Marks & Spencer window dressers always work shoeless too.

Shame there are not many photos online of this disappearing phenomenon!

Paul said...

Neil, this sounds interesting - where was the shoe store where the shop assistants had to remove their shoes to change the displays - was it in Essex? We're they required to take their shoes off because of the heels?

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Matthew Celestis said...

So how do you know their names?

Cool it down a bit, Neil.

Anonymous said...

The shoes off policy for window display arrangement is partially used in Poland. Off course, it is only if the display is elevated and made with soft material. The policy is both for women and men, since there are more women in selling you see women a lot more often. Usually they wear socks or nylon socks, sometimes pantyhose.
Some shops require such policy, sometimes it depends on a certain shop or person. There are also shops that do not have such policy.

Matthew Celestine said...

Thanks. Always good to know what they di in Poland.