Over at The Fashion Police today, we have an article about crimes of office fashion, as decided by a new survey from fashion website Stylecompare. Obviously what’s acceptable in the office depends very much on the type of office you work in, but while I broadly agreed with many of the items suggested by the survey (too much cleavage and visible underwear are always going to be a big “no” in the workplace), I was a little surprised to find wedge heels and stilettos/pointy shoes on the list.
Again, I guess this depends on the type of shoe we’re talking about: high platforms, crazy wedges and anything very loud or “fashion forward” is probably going to raise eyebrows in a conservative workplace, and I know many offices frown on bare toes or strappy sandals. I don’t think ALL stilettos, pointed toes or wedges need to be banned from the office, though: for instance, the Christian Louboutin ‘Simple’ pumps shown above would’ve been considered perfectly acceptable in any of the offices I’ve ever worked in, where black, heeled pumps were pretty commonplace. (Although not necessarily Louboutin ones, mind you!) Similarly, there are plenty of closed toe, low wedges out there that are very modest, very plain (and very dull, if I’m being honest), and which I can’t imagine anyone seriously objecting to.
What do you think? Are stilettos and wedges a fashion faux pas in the office (If they are, I will never have been so glad to be self-employed!), or does it all depend on the shoe?