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Wearing wellies to the office - what is the right thing to do?

(41 Posts)
hpickup Sat 11-Oct-14 15:07:16

Does anyone wear wellies to and from work and if so what do you change into?

We've had very wet weather this week and the temp in our office hads worn her Hunters in and changed into leather mule slippers in the office. I can't help but feel she should change into shoes.

dexter73 Sat 11-Oct-14 15:09:34

I agree with you. Slippers at work is a bit hmm. She should bring shoes to change into.

JavaSparrow Sat 11-Oct-14 17:38:17

Definitely shoes.
I leave heels and ballet pumps at the office so I can wear any footwear for my commute and still be smart when I get there.

Cockadoodledooo Sat 11-Oct-14 17:55:02

Slippers in the office only acceptable if you have a broken toe or something that prevents you wearing proper shoes imo.

I keep a couple of pairs of heels at my desk so can change when I get there (after having tramped soggy boots through reception and up the stairs hmmblush).

ejayne Mon 13-Oct-14 11:40:39

I've done it.

We live on a farm and when we has bad snow I wore my boots (DuBarry) to the office and changed into slippers.

Not sure why it matters

WhatWouldCaitlinDo Mon 13-Oct-14 11:45:18

I suppose it depends a bit on what your office is like, but unless you work somewhere either very arty or very family/relaxed then slippers aren't really appropriate.

I often wear wellies travelling in if it's very wet / snowy and I always change into proper shoes. It's not like the weather inside the office has changed from normal.

AnythingNotEverything Mon 13-Oct-14 12:58:33

I often commute in boots/wellies/trainers but always change into shoes at the office.

Are the definitely slippers? There are shoes around at the moment that look very much like slippers ...

Bunbaker Mon 13-Oct-14 13:13:58

The only time I wear wellies to work is when it snows. In bad weather I wear boots, but not wellington boots.

I agree that there are shoes around these days that look like slippers.

countrybump Mon 13-Oct-14 13:20:29

Depends where you work. In a former job, I used to walk in to work in wellies and change into slipper boots - because the office was blinking freezing and there were only four of us working there - most of whom also left wellies at the door. Plus, the office was inside a building on a working farm - not the sort of place clients would call in to.

But, in another job, I wore wellies in and changed into heels or pumps once in the office, as it was a bigger place in a town, and external visitors were often about.

LittlePrawn Mon 13-Oct-14 14:57:18

I agree with a previous poster, are you sure that they're slippers?

The fashion at the moment is for shoes that look like slippers. You mentioned they're leather, so they could be shoes.

However, if she is in her slippers, that's ridiculous. Of course she should change in to a pair of shoes when she gets to work!

hpickup Mon 13-Oct-14 15:16:56

I know what people mean about shoes that look like slippers, but they are definitely slippers. They look reasonable smart and are light blue so not like fluffy bedroom slippers. Someone suggested she should be wearing proper shoes, but she has'nt taken any notice and is in them again today. She is on reception but apart from this always look well groomed and business like.

LittlePrawn Mon 13-Oct-14 15:28:51

I would imagine that for health and safety reasons you are supposed to wear proper shoes at an office workplace.

Her manager or someone from HR should have a quiet word with her and explain that she needs to be in proper footwear tomorrow and if she isn't she gets sent home to change (or I supose she could wear her wellies!).

nicky123AZ Mon 13-Oct-14 15:31:07


As long as she look ok I don't see the problem. If she's comfy she'll be happier and more productive.

leedy Mon 13-Oct-14 15:35:11

I don't think I'd bat an eyelid at someone wearing slippers in our office, though I think our sole dress code rule is "please wear clothes". smile

ShadowStar Mon 13-Oct-14 15:56:54

What kind of dress code is there in your office?

In my office, we are expected to look smart and dress professionally, so slippers wouldn't be acceptable - unless there was some sort of medical reason why you couldn't wear normal shoes.

leedy Mon 13-Oct-14 16:36:13

Just found our dress code, courtesy of our CEO at the time. It is "you must wear something".

dizzyblonde12 Tue 14-Oct-14 13:03:00

Never come across slippers but must confess I go shoeless most of time.

I work in a buiding society branch so usually people can't see my feet!!

I have an hour and a quarter journey to work each way by bus train and walking so it's nice to slip my heels off. If I'm with a client I put my shoes back on. If I'm in tousers and ankle boots though I leave them off and just go im socks.

I rember once I was with a client in the interview room and she asked inf i had anything on my feet I said only socks and she just laughed

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Tue 14-Oct-14 13:08:36

I have several changes of shoes under my desk as in the wet travel to work wearing boots, not very often willies, more knee high leather type ones, but then I stops raining or the heating is on high and I get too hot so wear ballet flats or heels that I have in my desk drawer.

I'd never wear sleepers at work or anything like ugg boots, but then we have a smart dress code. They even get a bit sniffy about ballet flats, as they are deemed casual shoes.

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Tue 14-Oct-14 13:09:16

damn you autocorrect, wellies not willies!!! noticed as I pressed post.

Lndnmummy Tue 14-Oct-14 13:12:51

We have a strict dress code at work so noone could get away with anything but smart shoes, I have a small (ahem) selection under my desk. I travel in with wellies at the moment and change immediately. Am normally the first one in so can get changed before anyone spots the welliessmile
I have never heard or seen anyone wear slippers to work.

dizzyblonde12 Tue 14-Oct-14 13:16:26

I thought about bringing flats in but my boss is ok with me going shoeless thank God!!

TheCowThatLaughs Tue 14-Oct-14 13:29:06

Are these your shoes HelpMe?

HelpMeGetOutOfHere Tue 14-Oct-14 16:33:14

Pmsl! Yes that's them wink

TheCowThatLaughs Tue 14-Oct-14 16:59:04

Nice! grin

clareyh12 Tue 14-Oct-14 17:17:02

I work for a firm of solicitors and in the autumn / winter wear knee-length boots to the office but often take them off.

Never found it an issue at all.

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