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Sandals: Not Just for the Weekend Anymore
by the Mayath™ staff
Ah! It’s five p.m. on Friday. Time to unwind, get out of those work clothes and change into shorts and a different pair of sandals.
What’s that? A different pair? Meaning you wore a pair to work, too?
Well, why not? This is the new millennium, after all, and “dress down” is the watchword for office attire these days. What was once frowned upon at work is now expected. Not everywhere, mind you (You probably won’t find jeans on Capitol Hill), but wherever relaxed attire is the accepted mode du jour.
In fact, how many of you would say it feels uncomfortable when a man walks into your office these days wearing a suit and tie and nicely polished shoes? Did you see the movie The Intern with Robert DeNiro? These days, most offices subscribe to the theory that relaxed workers are happier workers. Comfortable casual is therefore the norm. Khakis and untucked shirts for the men, pants and rolled sleeves for the women. Every office has it’s own code, of course, but you get the idea: as long as it’s neat and clean—and not too casual—it’ll work.
So why not sandals?
Once upon a time, sandals were the only work attire, at least in fair weather. The Romans swore by them, even for their warriors. As the centuries wore on and clothing became more sophisticated, full-bodied shoes took over. Mainly, they served the function of protecting the feet when farming, and later, working in manufacturing facilities. In Victorian times boots became the norm, partly because the streets were muddy, but also out of a dreaded fear of showing off one’s (gulp!) feet or ankles in public.
Sandals stayed popular into the twentieth century in many cultures where warm weather dominated, while their use declined in Western cultures. Then in the sixties and seventies—that era of headbands, bellbottoms and flowered everything—sandals made a comeback. Full-leather stock and wooden Dr. Scholl’s clogs—everyone wore them. They just complemented the styles of the time so well.
Fast forward to the present. Sandals have grown in popularity lately, and with that demand naturally came a cry for more style. The makers have responded with styles that are not only comfortable but tres chic. It’s not uncommon to find them made in the most expensive materials and adorned with everything from silk to semi-precious stones.
That’s not to say you need a pair of Jimmy Choo’s to meet the office attire do-and-do-not list. So many makers produce inexpensive, yet elegantly styled flats and heels that you can own a pair for every day of the week without going broke.
“If you think of sandals as an accessory, it’s easier to imagine how even the most affordable ones will work well,” says Mawien Mayath of Mayath.com (http://www.mayath.com) which offers a variety of stylish sandals online at a fraction of what you’d pay in the stores. “It’s like jewelry. You don’t need to wear your best diamond bracelet or pearl necklace to work every day. Costume jewelry works just as well, especially in a casual office environment.”
But do you want to wear them to work? Keep in mind that you’ll be baring most of your feet to the world. Which naturally begs the question: am I comfortable doing that? If you have feet worthy of a foot model, the answer is probably yes. If not, then you might hesitate. Yet, when you think about it, most of us don’t have perfect feet just like most of us don’t have Hollywood faces. Bunions, ingrown toenails—who’s going to care or even notice? For most feet, nicely clipped nails and a little polish take care of everything. And the sandals available out there are so beautiful they can make any pair of feet glimmer.
So think about adding sandals to your office wardrobe. And take casual chic to the next level.
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