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Flip-flop Etiquette
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Flip-flop Etiquette

Flip-flops rule the fashion world it seems. The craze has reached such massive proportions that society has lost sight of what constitutes proper attire. Perhaps a code needs to be implemented to help us use discernment when considering wearing flip-flops to funerals, weddings, (other than those on the beach), fancy art galleries, with a suit or elegant dress, or to work at a professional setting.

The trend of allowing casual attire in the work place often includes permitting open-toed shoes. Some debate spawns from this dress-code issue as to the appropriateness of certain sandals and flip-flops. While peep toe, and tasteful open-toe pumps still look professional, flip flops rarely fit into an office setting. What used to be a flavor of very casual shoes intended for the beach, or pool, has become an unfortunate and over-used fashion statement. Employers often do not like to see employees sporting these, but won't enforce a change as the differentiation between open-toe shoes and flip-flops isn't clearly defined in the dress code.

Don' t misunderstand, I own several pairs myself, but I also frequent the beach. You won't see me wearing them to my office where I meet with clients, and I certainly will not commit the fashion faux pas of pairing them with a classy dress. I was shocked to see that very thing in a local government office. Perhaps laziness drives this trend, or maybe just the pure lack of etiquette.

Consider if you would feel comfortable with your doctor performing your exam or delivering your baby wearing flip flops. Many of us would feel awkward at best. I guess maybe I personally don't consider them my first choice of attire when wanting to be taken seriously. When I need to look professional, or if I need show respect like at a funeral or military ceremony, I pick a more conservative pair of shoes.

Flip flops certainly show off the fresh pedicure, or wild polish choice but they aren't always flattering in comparison with the multitude of other open-toe options. Cute, tasteful sandals and open-toe heels flamboyantly grace shoe departments everywhere. Of course, flip flops have graduated from just being rubber-soled colored wonders. Embellished with sequins, flowers, and bows, and showing in every color of the rainbow, they have become a definate fashion statement. I own a fancy pair of zebra 'flops', and several pairs with wedge heels myself. So many bright and colorful choices make them hard to resist!

The key to good etiquette when choosing footwear is to consider the function. Look at your other choices of shoe attire, and determine what suits the occasion. Don't forget to be respectful through your attire. If dress pants, or elegant dresses are expected, then save those fun flip flops for a more casual outing.


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I could own every color of flip flops and wear them all day every day, but agreed there is a point where we all need to put the flip flops away and break out the actual shoes.

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