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What shoes are you allowed to wear in summer?

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MerryMarigold Sat 06-Apr-19 16:46:41

I work in a nursery and I'm ashtray staying the summer. The room I'm in is a conservatory which gets v hot. We are apparently not allowed open toed sandals. I hate having hot feet and usually live in flip flops. I'm aware they're not appropriate but can't bear the thought of enclosed shoes in that room. What is usual footwear?

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MerryMarigold Sat 06-Apr-19 16:47:36

Sorry. I'm already dreading the summer

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Badgerama Sat 06-Apr-19 16:47:44

Saltwater Sharks??

Badgerama Sat 06-Apr-19 16:48:23

Badgerama Sat 06-Apr-19 16:50:27


MerryMarigold Sat 06-Apr-19 16:50:31

Thanks. They look nice albeit quite pricey. Not sure if they'd be allowed as they seem semi open, but I could ask. Would that be acceptable where you work?

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bestbefore Sat 06-Apr-19 16:54:05

Aren't the kids boiling too if it's very hot?

MerryMarigold Sat 06-Apr-19 18:06:17

Yes, they are but they can wear whichever shoes they like! Plus perhaps being a kid means feet sweat less.

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MerryMarigold Sat 06-Apr-19 18:07:55

They can also wear any clothes unlike our uniform of black trousers, black top and apron. Much cooler for the darlings.

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insancerre Sat 06-Apr-19 18:23:23

You need to ask your manager

insancerre Sat 06-Apr-19 18:25:10

They would not be acceptable where I work

MerryMarigold Sun 07-Apr-19 08:41:29

Insancerre. Manager just said closed toe. I don't actually get it. I know TAs at school nursery can wear whatever.

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beansonbread Sun 07-Apr-19 08:57:09

The no open toe sandals thing comes from a health and safety risk. If you need to rush out a burning building, run to an injured child etc while wearing open toed shoes, the front can get caught on the floor as you walk and create a tripping hazard.

When I worked in places with these rules I'd wear ballet shoes/pumps as they were easy to slip on and off my feet (temporarily) while sitting down. Even if I had them off my feet when there was an emergency, bare feet would be easier to run in than open toed shoes.

MerryMarigold Sun 07-Apr-19 09:34:40

Ah OK beans. Teachers wear open toes all the time. Seems a bit 'elf n safety gone mad' but hey ho. With the ridiculous wages, large amounts of admin and pressure at work, you'd think they'd be trying to attract people not put them off!

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MerryMarigold Sun 07-Apr-19 09:36:46

(I can't wear pumps as my feet are too narrow). I guess as long as the toe can't catch it should be fine if that is the reasoning, although let's face it, if you're running from a fire there's any number of opportunities to trip on uneven pavements, small steps etc.

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GemmeFatale Sun 07-Apr-19 09:47:14

Are you allowed trainer type shoes? Lots of ‘breathable’ type options about now and usually available in black

MerryMarigold Sun 07-Apr-19 09:56:53

Yes I would be, but no way am I wearing trainers and socks! Even breathable ones.

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ChanandlerBongsNeighbour Sun 07-Apr-19 10:00:45

What about a closed toe sandal?

ChanandlerBongsNeighbour Sun 07-Apr-19 10:02:25

Like this?

Holidayshopping Sun 07-Apr-19 10:03:46

I’ve got narrow feet and struggle to get things to fit. Toms are fine though.

Or look at Clarks maybe and see what they’ve got in a narrow fitting. Nurses/other NHS workers usually have to wear closed toe shoes too, it might’ve worth specifically asking them too?

I don’t envy you-I wear nothing but Birkenstocks or flips flops from about May to October.

MynameisJune Sun 07-Apr-19 10:07:21

Not fashionable but what about Crocs? A lot of nurses wear them and they are breathable but closed toes. Can’t say I’ve noticed what shoes our nursery workers wear when I drop DD off.

maxiflump1 Sun 07-Apr-19 10:33:47

What about some breathable sketchers. These are so comfy!

Skechers Women's's Breathe-Easy - Lucky Lady Mary Janes Brown (Chocolate) 2 UK 35 EU

insancerre Sun 07-Apr-19 11:10:50

We tend to wear the same types of shoes all year round
Open toes and or backs are not allowed for safety reasons
It's not comparable to teachers in schoo!s, they do a less physically demanding job
I've currently got a black big toenail as I dropped a log as I moved it in the nursery garden
Imagine if I had been wearing sandals!

beansonbread Sun 07-Apr-19 14:15:00

Not all teachers are allowed to wear open toed shoes. It was actually as a teacher that I first came across the rule and the reason behind it. Every school I worked in had a "no open toed sandals" rule but not everyone always stuck to it.

WindowWeather Sun 07-Apr-19 18:55:17

At DDs nursery they say no open toe sandals for the children as well.

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