By Emily Mullen
The UK retailer welcomed a new financial director called Boot after predecessor Foot walked away from the role.
If two men one called Terry Boot the other Peter Foot securing work with a company called Shoe Zone who sole-ly sells shoes doesn’t make you believe in nominative determinism nothing will. If your name is Boot or Foot and you see an advertisement on LinkedIn for a position at Shoe Zone- surely you are more inclined to apply? But it takes two shoes to form a pair here, surely the interview panel at Shoe Zone enjoyed the fact that a Foot and a Boot wanted to work at their company?
Either way that’s what happened. First Peter Foot was employed as financial director of Shoe Zone, then a man called Terry Boot took over the position.
It’s easy to think of Terry Boot as just an obscure figure who makes up an excellent headline. But the man has over 25 years of retail experience and is by all accounts extremely qualified for the job. He will have to get the boot in quickly, as Shoe Zone’s decline in trading due to store closures over the pandemic has contributed to a 24.3% loss in sales to £122.6 million, making the retailer at a loss of £14.6m.
Sadly not mentioning the hilarity of the hiring announcement, chief executive of Shoe Zone Anthony Smith extoled Boot’s abilities, “We are confident that Terry’s considerable experience will strengthen the board,” reads the press release.
Unfortunately for Shoe Zone, their social media team has decided to “sit back” and take a “short little social media break” and are missing out on what would be a truly unique 15 minutes of fame.