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People who remove their shoes in an office environment..

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RougeSeas Tue 29-Nov-16 21:19:44

AIBU or is this actually now an acceptable thing to do?

I've just gone back in to an office based role, there's a contact centre and i work the other end on a different team.

Many of the women come in, then spend the day walking about with no shoes on..

It seems very unprofessional and a bit grim envy

SleepymrsE Tue 29-Nov-16 21:23:45

I had to comment on this. My old boss used to do this ALL the time and it drove me bonkers. He'd come into the office and the first thing he'd do was sit down and take his shoes off then go make a coffee. When I was pregnant I told him in a hormonal outburst how much it bothered me. His response was 'well I'm not going to stop doing it'. When I returned from maternity leave, he'd left the company but I still found a pair of his shoes under the desk!!

AngryGinger Tue 29-Nov-16 21:28:58

I take my shoes off at my desk, but I draw the line at walking about with no shoes on. I would, but I couldn't be bothered with all the funny looks haha! I also have a pair of slippers at one of my offices - I work between two offices (just me and my boss in there and not customer facing) because that office is bloody freezing

Camomila Tue 29-Nov-16 21:31:41

I only ever take my shoes off if I need to stand on my chair to reach the top filing cabinet. I think that's acceptable shoe taking off.

SunnySideDownUp Tue 29-Nov-16 21:34:12

I always used to do this! I would always wear shoes to meetings etc, but for getting to the photocopier etc I'd leave them off. Usually because I wear heels at work that I can't really walk in!

RougeSeas Tue 29-Nov-16 21:35:20

Agreed camomila

Surely if after wearing shoes for an hour they need to come off, better shoes are required.

It's gross..

CountryPlumpkin Tue 29-Nov-16 21:35:51

I went to a training day recently and the guy sitting in the row in front of me (we were both sitting on the aisle) took his shoes off and merrily rotated his ankles throughout the first presentation.

His feet stank. I couldn't concentrate on anything except his socks whirling round and round. I moved seats as soon as discretely possible.


NumbNelly Tue 29-Nov-16 21:35:53

I do this but don't walk round. I put them on if i leave my desk. If I'm on nights I'll wear slipper sockd

Revenant Tue 29-Nov-16 21:36:01

I take them off at my desk where no one can see. If I need go anywhere I put them straight back on, I'd never wander around shoeless in the office.

RougeSeas Tue 29-Nov-16 21:36:28

So why wear them? I wear heals i can walk in and wear all day... It's only women I've seen do it aswel

Revenant Tue 29-Nov-16 21:37:18

(And I don't have stinky feet either, so no one can see or smell them)

OublietteBravo Tue 29-Nov-16 21:37:23

I swap my driving shoes for my working shoes when I get to the office. My colleague does the same in fact the bottom shelf of her cupboard is full of shoes. But neither of us wander around without shoes on.

JellyBelli Tue 29-Nov-16 21:38:28

I used to take them off under my desk, but not walk about without them.

Heratnumber7 Tue 29-Nov-16 21:39:56

I manage office moves. You wouldn't believe how many shoes we find under desks left by people we've moved to new offices. I could open a shop if we didn't throw them all away.

downwardfacingdog Tue 29-Nov-16 21:39:57

Why is it gross though? Assuming the feet don't smell.

HappyGoLuckyGirl Tue 29-Nov-16 21:40:09

I've done it on the odd occasion but 90% of the time I wear flats anyway.

If my shoes do come off its only if I have socks on. If barefoot then definitely not!

IJustWantABrew Tue 29-Nov-16 21:41:36

My boss used to rock up to work without shoes on. She would drive into work in her socks. She literally didn't care, it was her business. She used to keep a few pairs under her desk in case she needed to pop into the shop to serve a customer.
If your going to do it, clean socks and clean feet. Used to work with someone who would take her shoes of (never wore socks) her feet bloody stank angry

EdmundCleverClogs Tue 29-Nov-16 21:42:00

Yuck, that's grim! I don't understand these oddballs who think they're entitled to have their nasty feet literally bared in public spaces. Keep that to your own homes and be bloody professional at work...

ThatsWotSheSaid Tue 29-Nov-16 21:45:27

I'd love to do that. I only ever wear flats but I like the feel of no shoes. I don't do it because I imagine others like you would judge. Why does it bother you?

ChippyMinton Tue 29-Nov-16 21:46:35

I remove mine sometimes as medication makes my feet and ankles puff up. And might even put my legs up in a spare chair <old gimmer>. I do wear fabulous, and clean wink socks though and don't around without shoes.

CaraAspen Tue 29-Nov-16 21:46:55

Spelling matters. Argh

RougeSeas Tue 29-Nov-16 21:47:00

Their feet must get filthy as i doubt big offices have the carpets cleaned regularly, mine certainly doesn't.

We get emails about dress down days and they always put 'remember this is a office environment, so smart professional attire' surely this involves keeping your shoes on.

It's almost on par with people who POO in the only toilet... Urghh

RougeSeas Tue 29-Nov-16 21:49:59

I do judge this issue, yea thatswot because the majority of people like me adhere to the company rules about dress code which is bloody uncomfortable enough.

Maybe I'm jealous that i too don't get to be comfortable

BumDNC Tue 29-Nov-16 21:50:05

I don't like wearing any shoes much but don't walk around barefoot in the office. With tights or socks under my own desk is fine. I am on my own a lot anyway!

Thurlow Tue 29-Nov-16 21:50:27

What's wrong with pooing in the toilet?!

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