If the Shoe Fits, Beware It

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If you're looking for a discussion of the people running for president in the Republican primary, this is not the place to find it. If you are looking for an opinion on the shoes being worn by the people who are running for president in the Republican primary, pull up a footstool.

You've come to the right place.

"Why GOP Candidates are Fighting About Shoes," a recent article by Lora Kelley in The Atlantic, reminds us of the importance of your footwear choices when it comes to sending the right message -- to voters and to management.

"In conservative circles with relatively circumscribed dress norms," Kelley explains, "footwear is a place where taste and personality can shine through."

"Shoes can change your height, your posture and how you move through space," adds writer Amanda Mull, "which are all things that engender social responses from people around you."

(If you doubt the importance of what you wear to your career plans, consider the reaction if you arrived at the office or, if you work from home, at a Zoom meeting wearing a Microkini or a Speedo? Would management applaud your ability to think -- and dress -- out of the box? Or would they put you in a box and ship you off to Human Resources for reprogramming?)


All of which brings us back to the one place where you can safely and effectively express your "taste and personality": your feet.

Here are five footwear secrets your podiatrist won't tell you.

No. 1: Stilettos

With comfy, no-heel shoes from Nike and Allbirds the universally accepted workplace footwear choice, towering three, four or five inches above your co-workers in stilettos says that you see yourself as a superior person, destined to rule the office (if not the world). All it takes is a little chutzpah and a whole lot of balance.


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