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The Story of one shoe dog's journey in the footwear industry

About me, Mike...

I’m a Senior Director at Zappos.com

This is my journey on how I got here…from the beginning.  I’m writing twice a week sharing my story and tips along the way for those who want to get in into the shoe and apparel industry, already in the industry looking for insights, or for those who just want to see my comic strips from a shoe dog who’s been around the block.  Enjoy!

My Latest Blogs Below.

Blog #56 – Nordstrom Floor Watcher

So, in Blog #55 I talked about getting promoted to 2nd Asst. at Nordstrom Arden Fair. In this blog I want to talk about being a Floor Watcher. So we got through the prep work of getting ready for Half Yearly, and I got promoted to 2nd Asst. during that time. So

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Blog #55 – Promotion to 2nd Asst.

Blog #55 – Promotion to 2nd Asst. So, in Blog #54 I talked about filling the sale racks for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. In this blog I want to talk about being promoted to 2nd Asst.. So we got through the overnight hash night. Stickered all the sale shoes. Reset

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Filling the Racks

Blog #54 – Filling the Racks

Blog #54 – Filling the Racks So, in Blog #53 I talked about the first Half Yearly Sale at Arden Fair. In this blog I want to talk about filling the racks the day before the sale. Half Yearly was tomorrow. We tagged all the shoes for the sale. There we a lot

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First Half Yearly Arden Fair

Blog #53 – First Half Yearly Arden Fair

So, in Blog #52 I talked about escaping the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.  In this blog I want to talk about the first Half Yearly Sale at Arden Fair. The store in Arden Fair was really coming along, the team was getting along really well. We started doing things more frequently

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Escaping the Loma Prieta Earthquake

Blog #52 – Escaping the Loma Prieta Earthquake

Blog #52 – Escaping the Loma Prieta Earthquake So, in Blog #51 I talked about people I met at Arden Fair Nordstrom when it opened. In this blog I want to talk about escaping the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 The store in Arden Fair was really busy the first few

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People I met at Nordstrom

Blog #51 – People I met at Arden Fair

In Blog #50 I talked about some of the “Shoe Dogs” that I opened the store with and what it means to be a “Shoe Dog”    In this blog I want to talk about some of the “people” I met opening the store ED Ed was the nicest guy

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…just sharing my story and tips from my footwear career. 

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