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June 12th, 2009

No, flip-flops do not go with everything.

Go Ape by SugarWith the sun staying longer and temperatures on the rise, it’s inevitable to witness the growing appearance of toes. During the summer, many shed their shoes and socks and tell their feet to head straight for a pair of flip-flops. Personally, I celebrate the flip-flop, but before you commit to wearing a pair everyday for the next three months, there are a few things you should consider first. Even though the weather’s nice and your toes crave the sun doesn’t mean that flip-flop sandals are a go anytime, anywhere.

For expert advice, I turned to Shoe Guide Desiree Stimpert for a few suggestions concerning the appropriateness of the flip-flop, specifically, when NOT to wear them. Here’s her list of occasions and places where flip-flops are a “no-go”:

  • The office
  • Restaurants with cloth napkins
  • Red carpet events
  • Churches
  • Funerals
  • Out-of-office business meetings
  • First dates and blind dates
  • and of course, the White House.

If you find yourself dying to wear sandals in one of the above situations, consider wearing a trendy pair for the occasion. A great alternative would be something like Biviel’s BV1996. And if worse comes to worse, a thin pair of flip-flops will easily fit in a purse or bag to provide immediate comfort at the opportune time.

Seriously though, remember that you must maintain a sense of professionalism in certain circles. Let’s face it, the annoying slap of a flip-flip on your heel is no where near as powerful or professional as the rhythmic click of a heel on the floor or the graceful silence of designer flats.

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