(Closed) NWR: Open toed shoes in the office?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 47
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Honey bee

Hodgy527:  go ahead. I am not concerned with being stereotyped.

Post # 48
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Helper bee

I’m corporate. Full open toes no. Peep toes yes. Hose can go either way (I only wear black hose in the winter as an accessory).

ETA: I just saw the entire thread. Millennials are neither dense or entitled. Our entire generation is suffering because of the arrogance and folly of previous generations. This stereotype really grinds my gears… every single one of my friends is college educated, most have advanced degrees. Friends that didn’t gradiate from elite schools weren’t immediately employed, there is no upward mobility left anywhere (maybe trade jobs) and our generation is saddled with trillions in debt from politicians and policies previous generations voted for. I actually have much more to say but I’m just going to leave this right here. Entitled my ***.

Post # 49
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’d take the cue from the higher level women in the office. If they are wearing open toes, then its cool. I work in fashion and we have a super lax dress code. ex, Flannel & leggings casual, short dresses, jeans, etc up to full suits and business dresses. Basically everything but full on sweat pants. So ours would allow open toe shoes. At my last job (hotel) it was strict busiess attire, and they only allowed sling back shoes in the summer. No open toe or peep toe ever. So, as you said it depends on the office.

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

Eh well the millennials applying to our office sure are dense.  Shit when you’re TOLD when you started the job that showing tattoos, wearing open toe shoes, and avoiding unnatural hair colors are bad then you show up with tattoo showing, streaks of light blue hair, and sandals then yeah–dense. I ain’t gneralizing an entire generation but when 4/5 interns continued to violate this dress code even with constant reminder then I would have to say that they are dense. 

Sure be unique And apply to tech companies because they admire that.  I do too. But not when it breaks the rules you are already told applies with the job.  Corporate America may be late in the game of being unique and special like all you millennial but hey the rules are there for client service reason and not to make you guys look like everybody else in the office. 

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I work in a law office as a legal assistant for the managing partner and we actually have NO dress code written whatsoever… HOWEVER I try to dress professionally and take my cue from other women in the office who have been there longer than me. Usually it’s slacks or leggings for me with a nice top & cardigan/blazer (if I’m wearing leggings I make sure my shirt covers my butt). Most of the ladies here (even the ones going to court that day) wear flats, sandals, open/peep toes shoes, and me & the receptionist both usually wear nice sneakers (usually one neurtral color like grey or white) because we do the court runs/bank runs/hand delivieries and most of these are walking. I almost never wear heels because of that… It probably doesnt help that I have zero opportunity for upward movement in this law firm and no interest in becoming an attorney so that doesn’t hurt LOL

but like I said we are super laid back… I wear jeans, thong sandals, and wide strap tanks (never spagehetti straps)  on fridays no problem & even used to have bright fire engine red hair! 

Post # 52
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Honey bee

forgotusername:  my favorite is the moms who call when their millenial child has received a bad performance review. Are you kidding me???

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I think there’s a skin ratio at play, here. Open toes heels with pants? Sure. But I wouldn’t with a skirt, because it suddenly feels too casual. I generally err on the side of being too dressed up/ conservative at work, though. My last office, I was the only one who dressed for work, the other agents would come in wearing blue jeans and baseball caps. They often asked if I had a meeting or something based on hown I was dressed. That was up in the mountains, though.

ETA: I’m 25. Everyone else in the office was over 40.

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

zl27:  never happened here before but then again we only hire from top unis and they usually have a common sense kind of brain.  They just want to dress like their buddies over in Silicon Valley. But investment banking vs tech are two different monsters and if they cannot handle the dress code which I find really normal anyway then they have no need to be on my team.  Clothes should be the least of your worries when you join my staff.

also I’m not going to mommy some 25 YO who can’t follow basic rules.  If that simple requirement goes over your head chances are you wont make it so far performance wise here.

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’ve seen a few peep toes but otherwise closed toe for the win 🙂

Post # 56
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hodgy527:  Reality is that this is a know your office environment.  But since you are new on the scene…when in doubt, choose the more formal option. 

In general standards of office dress are becoming more relaxed as what I call “Sylicon valley” culture takes over the mainstream office.  In general, open toe is becoming more acceptable, but is by no means “blanket” acceptable in all offices and all situations. 

I went to business school too.  The people there tend to want to tell you the dos and don’ts as if they are hard and fast rules.  That, unfortunately, is unrealistic. 

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