Shoes (almost) always fit. Like shopping for hair products, jewelry, or makeup, they are instantly gratifying and can be far more rewarding than spending hours in a dressing room trying on different pairs of jeans.
But not all of the shoes in your collection are appropriate for work. Consider your office’s unique culture. In finance, sometimes even an open-toe is thought of as improper. But in advertising and other creative industries, you can often be more expressive. Take note of what the female executives at your company are wearing. If they’re in stilettos, you have permission to do the same. But in general, my rule is to be modest and stick with a heel that is two inches or less.
With this summer’s heat shining down on us each morning, sandals are totally appropriate for the office. But if the sandals you’re wearing at work would also work at the beach, they are too casual. Emily Ward-Dickerman, founder and editor of the fashion website, mock-off.com, shared a few tips on appropriate workplace footwear:
“I work as a consultant most of the week, but a few days a week I work in an office setting.” She said. “But, even though they are not written anywhere, there are expectations. For instance, it is never appropriate to wear flip flops. Even if your boss is open to it, it just isn’t a good idea. It gives off the vibe of laziness which is not okay in the workplace.”
Think about the vibe your shoes are giving off at the office and check out this list of 10 shoes you should never wear to work.