Faux Pas: The Conditional Response
Sep 30, 2010
Yesterday, I walked out of my building behind a woman who was carrying an umbrella and wearing a trench coat, but completely unprepared for the rainy weather. Why?
Because she was wearing flip flops.
As far as I can tell, there are three arguments against wearing flip flops on rainy days.
1) Flip flops are never acceptable attire outside of a beach, pool or lake dock. And even if you can’t abide by this rigid standard, could you at least stop wearing them to your professional job? Especially if you work at the United States Capitol?
2) This can’t possibly be sanitary. Think about all the things that are on a DC sidewalk that might dissolve when they come in contact with water. So when you step in a puddle or get water on the sole of your shoe, those germs, viruses, chemicals, bodily secretions, etc. are now on your feet.
It gives me the creeps just thinking about it.
3) But let’s suspend reality for a moment and pretend that DC sidewalks are clean. What do you do when the shoe get wet? Just walk around with wet feet all day?
Bottom line, if it’s raining, and you knew enough to wear a trench and bring an umbrella, then wearing flip flops is a personality flaw. Buy a pair of rainboots like every one else.