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Do you take your boots off in work?

(45 Posts)
janneyhu Mon 05-Jan-15 11:34:50

Met my Mother on Fri for coffee.

She met me at the office and was shocked that I take my boots off and work in tights feet. I've never really thought about this or bothered with shoes to change into.

SirChenjin Mon 05-Jan-15 11:37:30

Your boots? As in, normal leather winter boots as opposed to safety boots?

No, I don't take my shoes/boots off in the office - it's v unprofessional, unless you sit at your desk the entire day and don't move to go to meetings/see people in other offices/walk along the corridor to get a coffee/etc

MissWimpyDimple Mon 05-Jan-15 11:38:31

No! We all work in shoes which I think is usual unless you work at home or totally alone. If you don't want to wear your boots then you should probably take shoes with you.

Unless it's a very casual office and everyone does it which would still be weird but I really can't imagine my male colleagues padding about in socks!

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 05-Jan-15 11:41:19

Only if my boots have leaked and my feet are wet (has happened twice and I did feel a bit odd padding around in sticking soles while waiting for the boots to dry out.) I definitely would have a pair of office shoes to change into if I made a habit of it.

Nabootique Mon 05-Jan-15 11:43:55

I don't tend to take my foot wear off in winter as I get cold feet, but I have no qualms about padding around in socks/barefoot in the summer. I wouldn't do it if it bothered anyone, but it doesn't seem to and I'm not alone in doing it (I work in an office). Hate wearing shoes, really!

janneyhu Mon 05-Jan-15 11:44:57

Yes they are black knee-length boots.

Had'nt really thought I needed shoes just in the office as I put my boots back on if I'm going out.

SirChenjin Mon 05-Jan-15 11:47:56

Why do you take your boots off? confused

Padding about in bare/stockinged feet is just grim - it's a professional workplace, not your home, although most people would just keep quiet about it.

PrimalLass Mon 05-Jan-15 12:04:30

I would keep shoes under your desk. I wouldn't go barefoot in work.

CMOTDibbler Mon 05-Jan-15 12:07:53

No. One might change into flats/ shoes, but walking round in bare feet isn't nice in a work enviroment

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 05-Jan-15 12:09:34

I think it's really unprofessional, I agree with your Mum.

What do other people do?

eurochick Mon 05-Jan-15 12:11:16

It's unprofessional. I would be worried about stray pins and staples on the floor too.

Wailywailywaily Mon 05-Jan-15 12:12:25

I do, and I have a lovely pair of slippers that are utter biss to pad about in grin

I am considered a bit odd though hmm

MrsDiesel Mon 05-Jan-15 12:12:58

There is a lady in out office who keeps slippers or flip flops under her desk for walking around the office.

burnishedsilver Mon 05-Jan-15 12:13:45

I'm with your mum. Its a place of business, not your living room.

Wailywailywaily Mon 05-Jan-15 12:14:13

In summer I am either bare foot or in flip flops. I have happy feet.

irregularegular Mon 05-Jan-15 12:16:30

I might in the privacy of my own office, but not in front of anyone else! Though if boots were particularly wet and mucky then bringing a pair of clean ballet flats or similar to change into might not be a bad plan (my office has carpet).

Socks/tights/bare feet in front of colleagues is too personal for me.

sherbetpips Mon 05-Jan-15 12:16:46

ooh no, especially with stinky tights feet. Are you sure your colleagues are happy with you doing this?

RiverTam Mon 05-Jan-15 12:20:12

well, I wouldn't in the office I'm in at the mo as it is bloody freezing in here, I'm in thermal socks and Uggs right now! But in the summer I've often taken my shoes off and have known plenty of other people do so. But I work in media and it's pretty laid back, as long as you have your shoes on for a meeting who cares? I've seen CEOs and directors wander about in their socks.

LightastheBreeze Mon 05-Jan-15 12:33:01

I used to keep a pair of shoes at work for if I wore boots, as I found boots felt a bit hot and restricting all day, also I could pop out in the shoes if I wanted. i think if I had gone barefoot it might have been a H and S hazard.

babybarrister Mon 05-Jan-15 18:54:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsCampbellBlack Mon 05-Jan-15 18:56:02

I know a lot of people on mn are very much 'shoes off' but in the office is just too much.

Besides toes in tights make me feel ever so slightly ill.

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Mon 05-Jan-15 19:00:31

No! One guy at work walks around in his holey socks. It's gross and we all judge him.

TheBuskersDog Mon 05-Jan-15 19:07:16

No, it seems a really odd thing to do at work. Can you imagine going to the doctors and him/her sitting at their desk with no shoes on.

BanoffeeSplitz Mon 05-Jan-15 19:16:30

Nope, I do change into shoes though as I have shoes which aren't comfy enough to walk to work in, but which I really like wearing as long as i don't have to walk further than the photocopier. Work is really the only place I could wear them.

I can see how some workplaces would be conducive to clean socks or slippers, but the blokes I work with, the last thing I would want to do is encourage them to get their minging socked feet out.

Doobigetta Mon 05-Jan-15 20:13:11

I take ballet flats with me if I wear boots- my office is too warm for boots to be comfortable. Wouldn't dream of walking around in socks or tights, that is not professional imo.

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