A thought Posted on 4 February 2009 by Diego Rodriguez Cool shoes are highly correlated with, if not causal of, innovative behavior.
I have to call bollocks on that one, but then I wouldn’t be caught dead outside a squash court in shoes like those.
At the risk of sounding like an obstinate old fart, I refuse to acknowledge that putting on sneakers that look like you just stepped in somebody’s guts, along with a pair of pseude-worn jeans should be considered cool.
Besides, it’s so 1998.
I work for a large company that has a suit and tie policy almost everywhere. Here, innovation is not understood and at best it’s rigid and forced.
My previous job was at HP in a location with no dress code. Innovation was easy and part of the everyday activity.
Looking back at other jobs I’ve had, the more formal the dress code the less flexible and innovative the company seemed to be.
Correlated? Causal? I can’t say for sure, but from my personal experience it seems that Diego is right
(I need to get some red shoes though).
One of my business partners used to work for a very creative company and he could wear whatever he wanted — torn jeans, t-shirts, shoes — it didn’t matter. They knew that creative people were NOT shirt and tie guys and it showed in the work they did…granted I would have to agree with the first post that I wouldn’t wear shoes like that…but I get the point.
Whenever I blew a play my basketball coach would remind me it wasn’t about the shoes.
Maybe innovation isn’t like creating on the basketball court.
Keep creating…even on the weekends,
why stop at shoes? are mohawks and tattoos related to one’s ability to think outside the box?