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Deal With It!: Flip-flops as work attire

BY CINDY LANGE-KUBICK and MICAH MERTES / Lincoln Journal Star

Apr 26, 2010

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Practical advice about this, that and the other thing from Journal Star reporters Cindy Lange-Kubick and Micah Mertes.

Need some advice on life, love, work or play? Send your questions to mmertes@journalstar.com.

Dear Deal With It,

It's spring again, and people are wearing flip-flops to work. Is this appropriate office footwear?

Sincerely,

Nobody Wants to See Your Toe Hair

Micah: I think it depends on the office, the job and the person. If you work in a place and position that demands a more professional attire, flip-flops are probably a bad idea. Even in the workplaces where the dress code is a little more relaxed, flip-flops are questionable for a few reasons: (A) They have a tendency to smell. Especially for people who have sweaty feet. (B) The flip-flop-flip-flop sound of flip-flops can be pretty grating to some people. If your job demands you walk around the office all day, that sound might be driving your fellow coworkers up the wall and, you know, you don't need ANOTHER reason for people to hate you. (C) Some people have ugly feet. You know who you are.

I'm not anti-flip-flops-at-work by any means, but I do think one should assess his situation before sliding them on.

Cindy: Men should never wear flip-flops to work. Period. Women, different story. Men's flip-flops are for standing on the patio flipping burgers and drinking beer. Women's flip-flops -known as thongs in a more innocent era - come in a variety of styles that border on dressy these days. (And why have your toenails painted if you can't wear flip-flops?)

Besides, flip-flops are the happiness shoe. Last month, when I revisited flip-flops at work for the first time in 2010, the front desk clerk smiled. "Oh, it sounds like spring!" she said. Then I smiled and flip-flopped away.

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