Tuesday, 4 October 2016

the work shoe

As I sit here at my desk making paper airplanes from my fluro sticky notes, I want to tell you about my latest struggle - finding work shoes.
When you work in a political office like I do, there is a certain unwritten shoe code.

Now this blog post isn't just for my political office friends, but for all my aspiring lawyer friends, endeavouring medical friends (although not sure how well these shoes will look with scrubs), my fellow office friends and well anyone else who cares.
Now not everyone has the same taste, but follow my lead and hopefully you don't get lost down pleather path.

So basically here are your options:
Invest: if you're stingy just quit this page now. These are the shoes you will be wearing full time. Standing, sitting, running, pacing. You will have good days and shit days in these shoes. They need to be able to last and your feet need to be comfortable. Also if your office is carpet like mine you don't want that plastic queef sound with every step...comprende.
The loafer: This is actually what I'm wearing right now. Although they can be seen as a little daggy to the untrained eye, these are a handy throw on shoe, great with cropped pants or a skirt.

 The ankle boot: Now as we know it is getting warmer so I probably wouldn't recommend purchasing boots now, but if you already have some in good condition (and not worn out to a dj set with artists making pottery for you to then tread through for rest of the night, like I did) feel free to add them to your work shoe collection.
The heel - Although perhaps not worn every day, a heeled shoe is necessary. It instantly makes you look and feel more professional, and let’s be honest some days a confidence boost couldn't hurt.

 The flat: This is probably a shoe we all probably already own. A ballet flat is always a good staple, except when I wear mine I tend to feel uber religious, especially if worn with a skirt. I would recommend a brogue or even a slip on mule. Still profesh yet still on trend. Key.
The sandal: Sounds daggy, but come on there are so many cute dressy sandals perfect for the office. I'm not talking the Sandler/hush puppy/breathable type, but the fun colourful, fringed or slip on type. Now if Birkenstocks came to mind in this section that is a definite no no for the office - I know, I'm sorry.

Don't be afraid to steer away from black either! I know it's hard, I'm struggling also. But I have my eye on some green suede sandals...why not hey.