Last month the Tes published my article on Summer footwear fashion faux-pas.
It’s July. I’m sitting in a Monday morning briefing and, as I look down, I realise that I must have missed the memo about the trip to the beach. For among the strappy sandals and Birkenstocks I note, with horror, that there’s an actual teacher wearing sliders in school.
Were it reasonable to suggest that seasonal changes in weather should dictate the shoes we wear to work, then I’d have been striding into my lessons in October in my purple wellington boots and around about now, I’d be digging around in my closet in search of last summer’s flip flops.
But it’s not reasonable, is it? Why should the weather I have to navigate on my way into school determine what I wear once I’m in?
Imagine me scratching my way across the parquet flooring in my crampons in January because it’s icy outside.
No: we must uphold professional standards – starting from our feet up.
I’m hereby banning all inappropriate footwear from the workplace no matter the weather. And if you’re prone to being a sartorial maverick, I’m setting the following sentences for your crimes against fashion:
You can read the rest here.