However, more remarkable was the fact that after just a few days, pretty much everyone in the resort could tell you who owned them!
They belonged to a gentleman who looked like a cross between Shaggy from Scooby Doo and the lead singer of LMFAO, and wore heavy jewellery and eye-catching attire. The child in question was his daughter collecting up the shoes.
Firstly, he portrayed an infectious element of fun in everything he did. Secondly, he socialised widely with the young and old, whom clearly adored his attention. And thirdly, he simply stood out from the crowd with his look and choice of clothes.
By being a focal point of attention and creating an aura of interest, he transcended nationalities, social classes, age levels and positively influenced those around him.
Lessons here for those of us involved in directing brand and corporate reputation management!