Walking in Flip Flops, Working in Heels

One of the first realizations that I was stepping (pun intended) into the corporate, professional world this past September was that I had to place these somewhat foreign objects on my feet everyday. Calf straining, toe-crunching, sweat breeding objects. No flip flops allowed. Ouch.

I was so nervous those first few weeks. Ten minutes before start time there I was in the parking lot fiddling maniacally with the straps of a pair of heels I bought at a second-hand store. The rubber inserts were peeling off and I had to constantly reattach them.

My work clothes consisted of a few outfits from said thrift store and a sprinkling hodgepodge of items I put together from my own closet. Items I hoped did not show too much back or leg, or resembled a wardrobe from Gilligan’s Island/Punky Brewster/The O.C.

Surely these people knew I was a fraud. I’m a writer, a beach bum, a stay-at-home Mom. A girl who sometimes doesn’t get out of her jammies until late afternoon. A girl who loves flip flops so much she fashioned a blog after them.

I staggered across the parking lot hoping I didn’t look drunk. Like a fawn trying to get her footing after being in the cozy sheltered womb.

I smiled as I passed my business casual-clad coworkers. Hiding my grimace from the pain of the shoes, the claustrophobia of the underwear. Hoping I at least looked the part.

Four months have passed. I still stagger from time to time. Ok, often.

And I still drive to work in flip flops.

But I am not alone. There are others who suffer from flip flop separation. We slip our heels and toe-covering flats off while sitting at our desk. Our foot-coverings of choice stashed on the floor boards of our cars, waiting to be reunited.

We may work in heels, but we walk in flip flops.

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8 responses to “Walking in Flip Flops, Working in Heels

  1. Normie Dunn

    Funny how we Floridians have kept our on going romance with the Flip-flop!Growing up semi-poor we always had a couple pair for everyday playing after school and weekends. As an adult I lean toward the prettier ones as I dont like big ugly clod-hopper flip flops. I hate them on men. I realize most people love them. They are some what of a staple for most warm weather friends. I enjoyed reading your blog today and love you to pieces!

  2. Hello missus, long time no see x

  3. Ah-h, corporate life in Florida. Here in Santa Fe, there is no corporate. And flip flops only expose toes to frostbite, until April that is. Flip on, Jenifer.

  4. Things I Think.

    Where are you? How are you? Hope you’re well and we’ll see you back writing again soon.

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