Susan Wagner, author of one of my new favorite blogs, “The Working Closet,” gave out some rules today on appropriate work attire.Â I agree with most of the “rules” on her list.Â Except for one.Â The one about wearing flip flops to work.Â Wagner says:
I love flip flops, particularly for summer, but they are not appropriate for the office. Nicer flip flopsâ€“made of leather, say, or even those pretty ones with the ribbon strapsâ€“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.Â
Yes, I’m wearing flip flops to work today. Of the leather kind. Of the Jack Rogers kind.Â Â My immediate reaction was toÂ get defensive of my decision.Â It’s hot out, and my feet were sweating in my first shoe choice, the Tory Burch flat.Â Â I chose breathability vs. smelly feet.Â Â I think the silver sheen of the leather makes these particular flip flopsÂ kind of dressy.Â Plus, they look great with the seersucker pants I’m wearing.Â It’s not like I’m clacking around in my new favorite Chaco flip flops.Â (Trust me, I’ve tried to make an appropriate work outfit with these to no avail.)
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.Â Â 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.Â Â Plus,Â it gives you the chance to flaunt the $35+ you just spent on a pedicure to someone other than your child.Â Â Ban the “rubbery” ones, I will, but nothing will ever come between me and Jack at the office.