The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
|Merona Elinor Slingbacks (Target)|
Or, Okay, Maybe Sometimes
If you’re a professional working in a conservative office, or even in a business casual work environment, you know that bringing up the subject of pantyhose or open toe shoes for work will start an argument amongst your peers that’ll make you wish you’d thrown out politics or religion as conversation starters instead.
For the record, I don’t get why ladies’ toes should not be seen at work. Except if they’re unkempt. And then, no way, man.
But talking to some colleagues recently about strange things that have happened to me over the course of my 20-plus year paralegal career reminded me why I generally keep my toes to myself at work.
I also generally don’t talk about clients, vendors, or colleagues, not just for confidentiality and professional reasons, but because it’s just a better idea not to, and I’m not one of those famous anonymous paralegal bloggers who can say anything they want as long as they’re not busted. (Rats, why didn’t I think of that back in 2008? 🙂
But as a paralegal, you do meet all kinds, and you need to be prepared to meet all kinds. Plus, I don’t plan to say much about this experience, and it happened a long, long time ago.
First, I have been offered cash presents by clients. That’s kinda creepy even when it’s meant as a compliment for work well done. (For newbies, you must diplomatically decline to accept money, even if you are eating Ramen noodles for lunch every day.)
Second, I’ve been privy to some surprising admissions by clients, one so startling that I discreetly left the conference room, and made sure I didn’t go back in by myself.
And then there was the time that someone I met during the course of work and had enjoyed talking to many times over an extended period suddenly blurted out that he really liked feet, and especially admired mine.
Can you say awkward? Being the master of rapier-like repartee, I said, “Uh….”
Then to be polite, I let him wax poetic (this was over the telephone) about my feet. That was probably not the right thing to do, but I was in my early 20s and hadn’t a clue as to how to change the subject quickly. I was also a complete rube and honestly didn’t know there are peeps who go ga-ga for feet. (For newbies, a key paralegal skill is knowing how to regain control of conversations gone AWOL.)
After he had his say, it never came up again. I still talked to him plenty of times, and liked him just fine. But I think about it sometimes when I’m picking out shoes for work, and usually opt to keep my apparently irresistible phalanges modestly covered.
The super cute Merona Elinor Slingback black patent pumps shown above are on sale for $21.24 at Target, and still available online in many sizes. What say you? Great look for the conservative office, or too much toe for work?