This guest post is the first of many over the next 8 weeks as part of "Blog Swap". Please welcome a post from the "Canadian Headhunter" who runs a blog called the Recruiting Animal:
"An online survey conducted for retailers Old Navy and Gap found flip-flops topped the list of wardrobe items that college and high school students planned to wear to work this summer."
More than 31 percent of women said flip-flops were their single-most "must have" item for business attire.
The Canadian Headhunter celebrates their choice but many companies seem to frown on beachwear. And style gurus warn that they could be harmful to your career. They make you seem too relaxed.
Here's the great Manolo: "Unless you are working as the waitress at the beach cafe, or are the Jimmy Buffet, you should not be wearing the flip-flops to your place of professional employment."
Doctors warn against flip-flops, too but they don't seem to like anything. Apparently, it's causing heel-pain in young people. But, as the Funny Banker says "Boo [expletive deleted] hoo!". If you want to be comfortable and look sexy what do you care about your heels?
Here are some arguments in support of flip-flops.
1) They're multi-cultural, having been developed from traditional Japanese sandals. And, as we all know, diversity is good.
2) People in every country and every social class wear them. Just like underwear. And, how can you complain about that?
3) In developing countries, they are the only footwear available. A regular people's shoe.
4) These days, they can cost $140 a pair. It's a bit like radical chic. You can be populist and conspicuously "consumptive" at the same time.
Finally, would you believe that there is a Committee of Color and Trends? They claim that the popularity of flip-flops has peaked. I say not likely.
I remember when girls started wearing tennis shoes to work with their summer skirts. At first, it was only sharp-looking, stylish girls who wore them and it was interesting. Then it was everyone. And it was horrid. And, it was a long time before it peaked.
Written by the "Canadian Headhunter" - Recruiting Animal.com