The warmer days of the year have you feeling all types of fun and daring. Outcomes the summer dresses and the heeled sandals and the jeans and drab items can take a rest. For as long as the education system has been around, there has been a debate on appropriate teacher shoes and whether school teachers should wear open-toe shoes. If you are a little unsure yourself, then let’s get to discussing!
Why Is There Even a Debate at All?
Back in the day, women who worked in a professional setting were required to wear pantyhose. Over the years and changing eras, the reasons for this unwritten and sometimes written rule have changed, with the most recent trade-off being warmth and preventing skirts or dresses from clinging.
With that in mind, you would admit that it would seem very uncomfortable to wear a pair of stockings and then have them peeking out at the rest of the world through open-toed shoes. These days, stockings are no longer necessary, meaning that their affiliation to open-toe shoes has followed suit. The collective dislike for this particular style of shoes in the workplace has, however, lasted despite the many changes that have taken place in the fashion world. Thus, a long-lasting and seemingly never-ending debate was born.
Should You Wear Open-Toed Shoes?
When it gets to that time of the year, and it becomes irresistible to bust out the cute sandals and heels that have been sitting at the back of your closet for a while, uncertainty starts to creep in. Being fully aware of the debate around open-toed shoes, it is best to ask questions or look around for the answers yourself. The first place to look is your school’s dress code for teachers.
Typically, schools provide guidelines for the kinds of outfits and footwear appropriate. In some cases, the reason for banning open-toed shoes and sometimes backless shoes is safety. Some administrations state that it is safer for the teachers in the school to have closed-toe shoes, especially when dealing with kids of that particular age. Still, that reason is not entirely solid as it is not every day you run into the broken glass all over the class floor, or you stub your toes consecutively.
In some other cases, some schools allow the use of open-toed shoes with a requirement attached to it: Teachers who opt for open-toed shoes must have their toenails perfectly and neatly manicured.
This leads you to wonder what exactly the fuss is all about — being inappropriate or having ugly toes! Ultimately, it appears to be more of a tradition being followed than a real sense of being inappropriate or otherwise.
Another way to find out if the opinion on open-toed shoes is unwritten disapproval is by looking around. From fellow teachers to members of the management, pay close attention to what they are wearing. Should you spot the occasional open-toed pair of wedges or heeled sandals, then that could be your sign to don your pair.
What Shoes Can You Wear?
When you look up shoes for the warmer seasons, it would be hard to find suggestions that do not come in the typical heeled sandal or mule style…with open-toed cutouts! Your safest best lies in good old-fashioned flats, close-toed shoes, and pumps. Depending on what your school has to say about it, athletic shoes for non-PE teachers could also be a noteworthy addition to your collection of work shoes.
In conclusion, there isn’t a huge problem with wearing open-toed shoes as a teacher. It can be deemed A-okay in certain schools, and if so, go for it. Other schools frown on it, and as such, you must obey the rules.