Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Asian Shopping Experience

11 comments:

Candace said...

Hi My husband, Bob, asked me about this. In higher end shops you may typically be asked to remove your shoes before trying on clothes. The purpose here is not for sanitary reasons but to prevent damage to the hem of a dress or slacks which could arise from a heel being caught. It all seem odd to be because who would try on dresses or slacks without removing their shoes first.

Matthew Celestine said...

It seems to be fairly common in shops selling bridal wear.

Elain Smith said...

well Matthew that is true here in Canada when I was shopping with my daughter for wedding dresses all the shops we went to had signs asking customers to remove their shoes upon entering and as I recall the staff did not wear shoes or slippers and worked in just stockinged feet. but it makes perfect sense to do this......

Anonymous said...

Just curious what were the names and cities of the stores which had this rule; and the consultants were in stockinged feet... Any other businesses have this policy?

Paul said...

I don't think what is going on in Japan can be applied to us westerners. It is a very different culture there and people remove their shoes for reasons that don't apply here.

Mark said...

The assumption is that by removing your shoes that carpets etc stay cleaner. But what about in summer when many wear sandals. Most wear them without socks(thankfully)and its obviously impossible to keep your feet clean
So what happens when people have dirty(through no fault of their own) bare feet?

Matthew Celestine said...

Mark, I don't think bare feet are any dirtier than shoes.

Mark said...

Matthew my point is that It seems to defeat the object if you ask your guests to remove their shoes in order to keep your floors clean if their feet are dirty. Walking on light carpet with dirty feet will have the same effect as walking on them in shoes.
So back to my original question. What do people do about people with dirty feet?

Matthew Celestine said...

You are comparing apples with oranges. Feet that have worn sandals can get a little dusty and that might dirty the carpet a bit. I've never claimed that you can keep carpets spotless and carpet cleaning companies should close.

Shoes, however, get embedded with grit and sometimes small stones, which cause significant wear to the carpet.

There is a difference between getting a carpet a little dirty and damaging it.

Sandro said...

For shoes-on-bare-feet seasons, a pair of socks in a handbag could be a solution. I know girls practicing that.

Paul said...

I definitely don't want people's bare feet on my floors. This is downright gross. Please leave your shoes on!