The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Lynne, I’ve been enjoying the blog lately (love Juanita!), but can you do a post about shoes? Specifically, flats and sandals. Some of us can’t or won’t wear heels. I love your shooties, but I’d fall off of those so fast I’d break my ankle. What’s in style, where to buy, and are sandals “appropriate” for the office or court? Thanks! ~ NC Certified Paralegal
Thanks for the nice mail. It’s great to hear from readers. I get the sense that most conservative law firms, legal departments, and certainly court rooms, do not want to see female (or anyone’s) toes. Feel free to weigh in on why ladies’ toes are supposed to be hidden in the office in this modern age.
I do know the conservative court rule is generally no sandals or open-toed shoes in the court room (flats are fine) – although you will see them anyway from those who have no idea they’re committing a supposedly huge breach of courtroom etiquette. I have no idea if a female legal professional has ever actually been asked to leave court for *gasp* exposed toes, or *double gasp* no pantyhose.
Your office dress code will dictate whether you can wear peep toes or sandals. Casual offices are probably fine with sandals, but most conservative law offices frown on ’em, i.e. no toes showing at work. I like peep toes and flats for summer, and am recommending some options that may work in most conservative offices and less flexible law firms.
|Blowfish Nest Flat – $34.95 (DSW)|
|Tie-back ballet flats ~ $49.95 (Gap – other colors including teal available)|
Florals are in this spring, but if you want to start small, your shoes are a good place to brighten up your outfit.
|Blowfish Selene – $39.00 (Zappos)|
Is this a sandal/flat? I dunno, but there are no toes showing so I think you could sneak them into the office, plus everyone needs a pair of red shoes.
|ASOS Landscape Point Flat Shoes – $44.76 (asos – also available in black)|
Quietly explore your wild side with these great neutral flats.
|White Mountain Shoes, Truth Flats – $49.99 (Macy’s)|
Finally, color is a great way to liven up your spring and summer wardrobe, and at this price, you can buy more than one pair of these flats, also from New York & Company.
|Bow-Tie Ballet Flat – $14.97 (New York & Co)|
Readers who work in conservative law offices and legal departments, can you wear sandals to work, and if so, what can you get away with?