Re: Hats: The odd one out
I don't think the little I wrote actually gives the real idea of what she meant and what she looked at when looking at your shoes. It was not appearance what she was looking at. It was deeper. She didn't judge people by their shoes but something else behind.
She was not looking for designer shoes, or exquisite shoes. They could be old shoes. It was how you had cared for them, how clean they were, if you had actually bothered to pay attention to your shoes, which is something that is not immediately visible unless someone looks down.
If you think about it, it really tells a lot about how the person deals with his work.
If you put that into work perspective, how many people overlook details in their job just because they know no one is going to be looking at that little thing but at what is most visible.
In fact, I learned a lot about the way she observed little details. She was always right in her judgement. She was a very kind person who showed you you always can do better, you always can improve yourself. She knew something was wrong with you before you could say something. She showed interest and asked you if there was something happening, something that worried you.
"Doubly so for many men for whom, and by golly I hate to be clichéd here, shoes are just lumps of leather and rubber that they stick their feet into to make walking more comfortable. " <- As I said, if those lumps of leather and rubber were clean and showed you had taken care of them, pay some attention to them, and your skills and personality matched the job, that was fine.
As for the desk, I have noticed that when my desk is a mess with piles of papers, things I can't find underneath those papers, and everything surrounding my laptop I find it hard to focus. I work better when I have an empty desk with just a few things there and in order, which is not always the case. But I am just telling you that the difference can influence the effectiveness of how I use time, for example. I'll stop here, or this will be a book instead of a comment. :) I hope I clarified the shoes thing a bit.