"Do anything you want to do, but,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes."
(Thank you lyricsfreak.com)
There are plenty of people who don't want to have their feet stepped on. Historically speaking, there two effective options. First, like Elvis Presley, you could write a song about it. But who wants to do that? You can't sing 24/7, and whenever you stop, you'd be liable to have your shoes stepped on.
So consider this, shoe-preservationists -- make your feet scary. And is there anything more frightening than a dragon?
I sure as heck wouldn't step on this sign's feet. Would you? No way! You'd be mauled! You say you're not intimidated by the fearsome jaguar-dragon that guards an (apparently) important lamp in the Copley location of the Boston Public Library?
Well...then take a look at this!
AAAHHHHhhhh!!! It's a human head! For crying out loud! This is probably what happens when you step on the feet. This man-dragon can be found guarding a lamppost on Commonwealth Ave.
Of course, historians may remind us that these kinds of animal mash-ups aren't that uncommon. Consider the Assyrians and their penchant for carving human-headed-winged-lions between the 7th and 9th Centuries BCE (thanks metmuseum.org). Let's hope these carved beasts don't come roaring to life.
Following this link for an image and additional info: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/32.143.2 (By the way, all links are items that I have tested myself -- so feel free to enjoy clicking.)
Til next time, Beantown.