Ask Belle: Office Appropriate Sandals
Apr 22, 2014
With summer on the horizon, I’m searching for a pair of sandals that I can wear to the office. I work for the government, and my department has a professional dress code, but I’d like to find sandals that I can wear on casual days. A lot of my coworkers just wear flip flops and I don’t think it looks very professional so I hope you have another suggestion. Thanks for your blog, good luck with your move.
First off, unless you work in a very casual office, flip-flops are not acceptable work attire. In my opinion, there are so many stylish sandals that have a “dressier” feel that wearing the same shoes you wear to the beach or pool deck just isn’t necessary. Here are a few shoes that would be better for casual Fridays or recess days than flip-flops:
Closed-toe Sandals are a great option for the office. They cover the front part of the foot and have more substance than many sandals. Seychelles also makes a cognac-colored sandal with a Huarache like weave for $72. And if you want something inexpensive, Charlotte Russe makes a gladiator-style sandal with a closed front for $25. I also like these favorite delicatessen sandals for $25.
Peep-toe sandals with closed heels are another good option. They have a more conservative look and when worn under pants, you can barely tell they’re not flats. This pair from ModCloth has a cut-out floral design for a bit of whimsy. And these Edelman Brina flats with a pointed-toe are on my favorites list for the season.
If you want a lighter shoe, but your office is so professional that you can’t swing a sandal of any kind, a slingback is a good option. These closed-toe, suede numbers from Sole Society are really cute, as are these basic Corso Como slingbacks. And even though I don’t usually go for bows, these Nine West peep-toe slings are pretty.
Lastly, if you’re going to wear open-toe or open-heel shoes to work this summer, you need to keep your feet in shape. You don’t need to paint your toes if you don’t want to, but they need to be cleaned, trimmed, and filed. The biggest thing women seem to forget when wearing shoes that show skin is keeping the callouses and dry skin off their heels. Buy a Ped Egg and your feet can look sandal ready in a jiffy.