20 Things Shoe Salespeople Are Secretly Thinking About You
Ever wonder what the person who helps you get 300 different pairs of shoes is thinking when in the backroom? Here’s a glimpse.
Don’t have an attitude
I may be kneeling at your feet, but I’m not your servant. Lose the ’tude, dude.
Don’t feel self conscious about your feet
Don’t ask for a size 7 if you’re a 9. No one cares how big your feet are (though we all appreciate a little foot powder, if it’s not too much trouble). Try some of these effective home remedies for foot odor.
Length and width both matter
Shoes should be as wide as your feet and longer than your feet. It’s not just the distance from the heel to the end of the big toe that matters. It’s also the distance from the heel to the ball of the foot. Here are some shoe mistakes you’re making that cause you foot pain.
Stop ruining the samples
Don’t try on sample shoes if they’re not your size. “People smash their feet into shoes that are three sizes too small, and then I have sample shoes that have been stretched,” says a New York salesman.
Don’t talk on the phone
Please don’t keep me waiting 10 minutes while you talk on your cell phone. What if I did that to you? Here are some more cell phone behaviors that make you seem rude.
We don’t make the shoes; we just sell them
If we don’t have exactly what you want, it may not exist. And I can’t cobble it together in the back room while you wait either.
Shoes won’t solve your problems
Losing weight will make your knees, ankles, and feet feel better. Shoes: not so much. Here’s what your favorite shoes reveal about your personality.
Keep the measuring device on the floor
The metal gauge that measures the width and length of your feet is called a Brannock Device. Tell your kids it should stay flat on the floor and not go hurtling through the air toward my head. Many thanks. These are the craziest things Walmart employees have seen at work.
Stop returning your shoes
Don’t be a serial shoe returner. Once or twice, okay. But 10 or 20 times a year? I don’t think so. Here are some tricks to make your shoes last longer.
Take our word
If we tell you that a shoe isn’t a good fit, take our word for it. Customers have been known to try on a shoe that’s too small, and then they can’t get it off. This expert tip will help you find the perfect running shoes for you.