Could I wear these trainers to work?

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imstilljenny2 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:26:03

I work as an ICU pharmacist in a big busy hospital and we have to wear smart clothes to work. So I usually wear a shirt dress or black cigarette style trousers and a smart shirt/blouse. I currently wear loafers or wedge style shoes but after a long day on my feet they are absolutely killing me! I'm trying to look for smart style trainers that I might get away with at work (my boos is v strict and she has sent staff home in the past for wearing patterned trousers). I wondered about these in the photo. Any opinions? If not any ideas for smart black trainers that look like shoes from a distance would be great thanks.

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AutoGroup Fri 18-Jun-21 14:31:51

I couldn't wear those for work but I'm sure they'd be fine in lots of workplaces. We're no trainers and those are definitely trainers.

Orf1abc Fri 18-Jun-21 14:32:12

For your job, yes. They're smart and comfortable.

Because of your boss, no. They're still definitely trainers.

Have a look at Cole Haan. They do some lovely 'brogues with the comfort of trainers' styles.

imstilljenny2 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:37:30

Gah! I was getting mildly excited there at the thought of wearing comfortable shoes to work....

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tbtf Fri 18-Jun-21 14:39:10

https://www.clarks.co.uk/c/Sharon-Dolly/p/26136359

How about those?

bookgirl1982 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:41:41

Something with a black sole would be less obviously trainers.

Classica Fri 18-Jun-21 14:44:21

I'd imagine you'd look very smart in those along with the outfits you've described. Could you ask if they'd pass muster?

Imagine sending someone home for wearing patterned trews!

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imstilljenny2 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:45:18

@tbtf yes these are nice. Similar to the shoes I wear already though I wear leather and suede might be more comfy. They are sold out in my size but similar to these could work!

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imstilljenny2 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:46:46

@Classica I think I might do that. They are quite expensive though if she says no.
I think to be fair my boss has mellowed a bit and she prob wouldn't say anything to patterned trousers now.

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allofthecheese Fri 18-Jun-21 14:49:20

I wear similar in my healthcare based job. I think you could get away with them if they had a black sole.

Classica Fri 18-Jun-21 14:49:40

A person who tends to be rigid over such issues will probably be flattered you'd asked and therefore say ‘yes’ wink

jamsandwich1 Fri 18-Jun-21 14:50:55

I’m a hospital doctor and would definitely wear them! They’re a lot smarter than some of the things I usually wear!

DinosaurDiana Fri 18-Jun-21 14:51:58

You could show the picture to your boss.

Nitpickpicnic Fri 18-Jun-21 18:54:34

I think laceless sneakers look less causal. Would they work? Or those brogues with a sneaker flatform sole? There’s loads of them around.

imstilljenny2 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:13:26

@Nitpickpicnic yes I think you're right. I'll keep looking.

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MakeMineALarge1 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:19:36

@imstilljenny2 Hi to a fellow ICU worker
Our pharmacists are now in scrubs, so you could definately wear them where I work

Bluntness100 Fri 18-Jun-21 19:23:54

I think this is all about your boss

Personally I’d go for some brogues, with same coloured soles, which are more professional looking, Google soft brogues and you will get some options,

Shouldbedoing Fri 18-Jun-21 19:27:44

@imstilljenny2 Have a look at the FitFlop Rally in all black - very good shock absorption, soft leather, a good bit cheaper

HandforthParishCouncilClerk Fri 18-Jun-21 19:30:39

NHS here too. Lots of us wear these: the metallic makes them a bit smarter and the black sole is a bit less trainer-ish

Shouldbedoing Fri 18-Jun-21 19:31:00

www.fitflop.com/uk/en/shop/rally-leather-trainers-p-X22#090

If you view it in different colours you get a better idea of the style than in the pure black photos

HandforthParishCouncilClerk Fri 18-Jun-21 19:32:34

Also these:
www.toms.com/uk/women/shoes/slip-ons/black%2Fblack-coated-canvas-avalon-women-sneaker/10016315.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwiLGGBhAqEiwAgq3q_vp8AsrjcKYm54_H1GPUezBCDELkiLtuR-R2DtzDjP_Z4mKiElv67xoCdtYQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

HandforthParishCouncilClerk Fri 18-Jun-21 19:33:39

I hate to say it but those fitflop ones are going to look like you’ve nicked them from orthopaedics

stclair Fri 18-Jun-21 19:35:15

I’m also in healthcare and wear these to work www.fitflop.com/uk/en/shop/rally-leather-slip-on-trainers-p-X29#001

kowari Fri 18-Jun-21 19:36:59

Just wear some black leather lace ups with a black sole?

pharmagal Fri 18-Jun-21 19:41:05

I'm also a pharmacist, although in the community. I just bought these for work and am happy with them. Comfy sole but not as casual as trainers.

https://www.clarks.co.uk/c/Trace-Walk/p/26150224

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