Q. My boss wears chunky winter shoes (recently a pair of black Mary Janes with a wide heel) with bare feet. I think this looks incredibly tacky, not to mention being ridiculous because it is cold outside. She claims it is ok because we live in Florida, and thinks the only reason I find it unacceptable is because I am from a “cold state.”
A. It’s not our intention to outright criticize your boss, but stylewise, we’re not fans of chunky wide heel shoes unless they’re a wedge or platform style with a thicker heel. Most chunky shoes with wide heels are meant for the younger teen set. Slimmer, sleeker looks, from flats to kitten heels to pumps, are far more appropriate for the adult set. There are many comfortable round toe pumps and even Mary Janes that could be pulled off with a bare foot and look more stylish. As for the bare feet, we girls like to go as long as possible with a bare leg before we have to pull on tights or hosiery. I have a feeling that with a more stylish shoe, her bare legs may look better to you. Many people in Florida are used to having bare legs all year long so it may take some getting used to on your part.