Flip flopping at work

Susan Wagner, author of one of my new favorite blogs, “The Working Closet,” gave out some rules today on appropriate work attire.  I agree with most of the “rules” on her list.  Except for one.  The one about wearing flip flops to work.  Wagner says:

I love flip flops, particularly for summer, but they are not appropriate for the office. Nicer flip flops–made of leather, say, or even those pretty ones with the ribbon straps–are fine for weekends or evenings, but never for work. And those rubbery ones from Target should not EVER be worn outside the house. EVER.

Immediately after reading this I looked down beneath my desk. 

The offending foot.

Yes, I’m wearing flip flops to work today. Of the leather kind. Of the Jack Rogers kind.  My immediate reaction was to get defensive of my decision. It’s hot out, and my feet were sweating in my first shoe choice, the Tory Burch flat.  I chose breathability vs. smelly feet.  I think the silver sheen of the leather makes these particular flip flops kind of dressy.  Plus, they look great with the seersucker pants I’m wearing. It’s not like I’m clacking around in my new favorite Chaco flip flops.  (Trust me, I’ve tried to make an appropriate work outfit with these to no avail.)

Just say no to Chaco.

But backing down off of my defensive position, I realized that flip flops in the workplace are a necessity for some working moms or soon-to-be-moms.  They’re comfortable, they come in all shapes and materials now, and well, if you’re very, very pregnant, sometimes they’re the only shoe that will fit a swollen foot.  Plus, it gives you the chance to flaunt the $35+ you just spent on a pedicure to someone other than your child.  Ban the “rubbery” ones, I will, but nothing will ever come between me and Jack at the office.

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  1. Ooooh, those Jack Rogers sandals are SO CUTE. And you make an excellent point about practicality. And the silver is spiffy AND your toenails look lovely.

    So I will give you that.

    But no Chacos. No no no.

    And thank you!

  2. I am completely guilty of wearing flip flops to the office throughout the summer months…especially on those casual Fridays. I do ensure they are the leather or the pretty ones though. Oh-well!

    If the guys in my office can wear beat-up old runners, I can wear my flip flops 😉

  3. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I love it! I also enjoy Susan’s blogs, particularly “Friday Playdate.” I am about to head back out into the workforce almost eight months after giving birth to my fourth child and I am having a hard time parting with my flip flops. The baby too. This post made me smile 🙂

  4. I’m very guilty of wearing flip-flips at work. Well, at my old job, I should say. Definitely when I was pregnant, and there was a time or two when I had my Tarjay ones on before I left for work…you know, walking around the house getting ready…and forgot to change into my regular shoes. Oh well.

  5. I can’t pull off flip flops where I work. Even open toed shoes are somewhat scandalous. I know, I need to get a new job.

  6. Nice silver shoes! Agree they look lovely. Leather flipflops +
    nice pedicure = okay by me.

  7. I think those are very cute and appropriate! I have to admit I mentally “tsk tskd” our temp receptionist when she wore the fugly faux leather kind at the front desk. Now THAT is wrong.

    My office is extremely casual. But still…

    And I totally lived in a pair of black Liz Claiborne TJ Maxx special sandals when I was working and very pregnant with my oldest daughter five summers ago. My fat water retentive toes left a permanent imprint! 😉


  9. I have to agree with Susan. I am anti flip flop at work. Now don’t let this imply that I am not a flip-flop enthusiats, because I am. I just don’t think you should wear shoes to work that look like you’d wear them at the beach.

  10. I should add that last july I did have to wear flip flops to the office every day for 6 weeks when I broke my toe. It was awesome… flip flopping at work, not the broken toe.

  11. I love Chacos too, but they can get STINKY!


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