Leaving the shoe at the door to protect precious carpeting is an increasing sight in New Zealand homes, but it’s also becoming a more familiar sight in some of the country’s biggest offices.
The practice of taking your shows off when you enter a building is one that is common in many cultures, from Maori maraes to Japanese pagodas.
Private Bin has now noticed the trend catching on in the local corporate culture. The head of at least one major retailer and another large fertiliser have both made a habit of taking their shoes off in the office.
The practice has even caught on in the highest bank in the land, with Reserve Bank head Alan Bollard seen going shoeless when he doesn’t need to stand up in front of the country and declare that nothing is happening.
Private Bin just hopes the trend stops right there, as the thought of the country’s top executives deciding they don’t need pants if they’re just going to be sitting behind a desk all day just a bit much to handle.
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