Friday, August 21, 2009


I am an healthcare professional. I find it weird to think of myself as one, but I won't go there.

I was at a drug service in another town yesterday. There is a lady in the management there who often kicks her heels off and walks about the office in her bare feet. This lady is a serious professional who always dresses very smartly to work. It is quite possible to be smart and professional while going shoeless.


Anonymous said...

I completely agree that you can look professional while going shoeless.

I work in a bank and my husband runs a driving school.

He is often giving lessons when I am going to work, which means, as we only have 1 car, that I have to walk a mile of so to the branch where I work.

This is fairly un-comfortable so I usually remove my shoes and just go shoeless (usually in stockinged feet) around the branch.

Also, when the weather is bad, my shoes often get wet and mucky on my way to work, so again I remove them in the branch.

Although, the branch where I work is small, another of the tellers also removes her shoes and goes barefoot all day. She has recently returned from maternity leave and said that after going barefoot a lot while she was off she did'nt like the constriction of wearing formal shoes, so decided to go barefoot insrtead.


Celestial Fundy said...

Good for you, Andrea.

Celestial Fundy said...

Somebody else who works in a bank commented that she liked to remove her shoes at work.

It seems those of you who work in fiancial services know how to get comfortable!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reply.

It's good to know that my colleague and I are'nt the only bank staff to do this.

I showed my colleague your blog and we both love it. We are both into the shoes off thing, both at our own homes and when visting others.

Just out of interest have you noticed any other people in professional settings with shoes off, and if so what type of jobs.

Just wondering whether is is becoming more common / acceptable.

Keep up the good work,


Celestial Fundy said...

Andrea, thanks for showing this blog to your colleague. And please keep visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Obviously, I know people in substance misuse services who take off their shoes (my profession).

Some of the nurses take their shoes off at the hospital staff room (does that count?).

I worked in an insurance call centre where some people took their shoes off.

I worked at a food wholeseller which was an Exclusive Brethren family businness. Some of the staff there took their shoes off in the office.

I worked as an administrator in a daycare nursery where a few staff removed their shoes. Some daycare nurseries have a strict no-shoes policy, but this one did not, even in the baby room.

I had an interview at a local government office where there was somebody barefoot in the office.

I saw a girl in Bournemouth who was working in a tourist information office. She was barefoot. But it was right next to the beach and she was wearing cut-off jeans!