How to Rock Sandals at the Office

Until relatively recently, the sandal was thought to be hopelessly incompatible with the workplace. In fact, it hasn’t been until relatively recently that most people have had the option of wearing their own clothes to work and many people are still working every day in a uniform. However, dress codes are starting to relax across the board, which is a good thing for sure, especially with the mounting evidence that letting your employees dress how they like makes them happier and more productive.

For those of us who favour bold fashion choices, wearing sandals to work represents both a challenge and an opportunity. Pulling off a stylish, and not forgetting professional, look while wearing sandals is definitely doable, it’s just also really easy to get it hopelessly wrong. Fortunately, we have some other style tips for you that will help your sandals to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your chosen ensemble.

Get the Right Size

Before we consider anything else, you need to know what size to buy. Sandals come in a wide variety of styles, some of which feel very different to wear. Likewise, there are lots of stylish sandals available that are held firmly in place by straps. However, there are also many flip-flop style sandals which are left to sit loose.

In the case of strappy sandals, things are much the same as when buying any other style of shoe. However, with flip-flop style shoes, some people find that they prefer a slightly smaller size. Depending on the specific sandal in question, a smaller size can mean a flip-flop style shoe that sits more securely on the foot.

You should aim to try on any pair of sandals that you’re thinking about purchasing. This is important with any shoe, of course, but sandals are different to most other shoes and should be considered separately.

Find an Office Appropriate Style

You will find yourself spoiled for choice once you start looking for sandals. Some people are under the impression that sandals only come in a narrow range of styles, or that they are all more or less the same. In fact, even a brief glance at a retailer like Head Over Heels will reveal a plethora of styles for you to choose from. Their range encompasses some awesome designs that are ‘kinda out there’ as well as some more conservative choices that are better suited to an office environment. If you want to see what we mean, visit their site at

If you’re working in an office where wearing sandals is even a possibility, then you are lucky. No one likes being told exactly what to wear every single day of their lives, and working with fashion restrictions takes away one of life’s great pleasures for many of us. If you are going to be wearing your sandals around the office, you need to choose a design that is suitable for that environment. This is as much a practical consideration as anything else.

Wear Them Right

Once you’ve found a suitable pair of sandals, you then need to decide on the rest of your look. Ideally, you will have chosen sandals that go well with the clothes you generally wear to work. Even if there’s no uniform at your office, there will be some kind of dress code. There are very few pairs of sandals out there that are worth more than your job (and you really should avoid buying things that are worth more than your job) so don’t waste money on a pair of sandals that will clearly be unsuitable for where you work.

For those of us who adore sandals, it’s hard to explain to normal people exactly what the attraction is. The right pair of sandals are comfortable and elegant in a way that no other shoe is. If you’re lucky enough to be able to wear them at the office, make sure you make the most of the opportunity.

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