“Take care of the pence and the pounds will look after themselves”
William Lowndes 1652-1724
On the corner of Rennweg and Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich stands the noble Flagship store of Swiss shoes -Bally.
They are beautifull shoes,beautifully handcrafted at a beautifull price.
I am not a regular customer, but I have bought shoes there, always making the excuse that it is so difficult to find fashionable and comfortable pairs in size 41 ,and definately cheaper than Manilo’s.
A few seasons ago I managed to persuade my Husband to cross the noble threshhold.Which he wouldn’t have done had he not needed a pair of sandals in the middle of February.
A very friendly probably multilingual assistant bade us take a seat and within minutes brought us various boxes of sandals
to try. She was so quick that he didn’t have time to untie his laces before she was crouching down in front of him to help.
And then. Oh the shame of it all! Two blacked socked feet ,and two large holes in the the toes.
But today I read with some amusement,that the head of the world bank, Paul Wolfowitz on a visit to Turkey was taken to a Moschee where before entering men must remove their shoes.
And what did the removal of the shoes of one of the most powerfull men in the world reveal- two black socks with holes in the toes.
Somehow makes you feel our money is beeing well looked after.