When Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones corrals Roger after he attempts to steal her purse, she is returning from a long night at the beauty shop where she works. It is after 11 p.m. when she catches him, so it is probably after midnight when Roger finally leaves her house. There is no doubt that Roger would have headed straight for the store where he has staked out the pair of blue suede shoes that he so badly wants. With Mrs. Jones gift of $10 burning a hole in his pocket, he must have wanted to buy the shoes immediately. However, since few stores would have been open after midnight, Roger probably headed home to get some sleep before heading out to buy his news shoes the next morning.