Cobb discovered her love of sales in a Leeds branch of Russell &
’I was a sales assistant in the children’s department, where my day was
spent tirelessly fetching and carrying boxes and squeezing little feet
into fashionable shoes. It was an upmarket shop so many of the children
were spoiled brats - but their mothers thought butter wouldn’t melt in
Cobb used to dream of going home at the end of the day and putting her
own feet up.
’There was a girl called Roxanne whose mother had more money than sense.
It would be indoor shoes one week, party shoes the next. But the poor
girl had inward turning feet so I advised her mum to send off for
special shoes. The kid broke down in tears when I showed her what the
square-toed, platform-soled shoes looked like.’