Open letter to you-know-who: Shine your shoes.
I know lots of things don’t matter much in life, and this might be one of them, but it doesn’t take much effort to put some polish on your shoes. It makes your shoes happy, it helps them last longer, and you look better too, which can translate into more confidence on your part. And being taken more seriously by others, especially people older than you.
I can’t remember the last time I saw a woman wearing a scrappy pair of beat up dress shoes. But I often notice male auditors, security analysts, IT guys, managers, and even VPs occasionally wearing shoes that have never seen a shine once they left the store, or in sad need of repair.
It doesn’t take long, isn’t hard, and isn’t expensive. Even if you wear casual shoes (not tennis shoes) instead of dress shoes, they still need some polish occasionally.
I know that shoes don’t make the person or define their work, so what does it say? For those of you who don’t polish your shoes, why don’t you? It’s part of being a professional. As one of my managers used to say, “It’s all about perception.”
I just thought of my last post and why typos are so accepted today. Perhaps in the days of casual dress, uncared-for shoes are now acceptable. However, you don’t wear typos on your sleeve and keep them with you all day.