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Choosing the right shoes for your internship

April 26, 2011

Work It! is a series focusing on workplace wardrobe and fashion.  Each week, we will feature a blogger offering their advice and answering your questions. Ashli Townsend is a former intern for Mattel, Baby Phat and several Los Angeles-based fashion PR firms. She now runs her own fashion blog, InternChic.

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By Ashli Townsend

A typical day for an intern can be pretty hectic. Whether you’re managing overwhelming workloads, dashing around the office or running errands, you’ll find that you’re almost always on your feet! Not all shoes are created equal, and they can either help or hurt you (literally). Here are some pain-free suggestions. Your feet will thank you!

Black slingbacksLADIES

No Stilettos. Ladies, trust me when I say that I know and understand the temptation to wear your chicest, fiercest heels to work. As fabulous as you may look, really high heels that are difficult to walk (let alone run) in aren’t practical while interning.

No Flip Flops. No matter how casual the atmosphere, flip-flops are never appropriate. Not only are they unprofessional, they are also a hazard since anything can drop on your feet.

Kitten Heels. These heels are significantly lower in height and are ideal for looking chic without slowing you up. I have a pair of black Bandolino slingback kitten heels that have never let me down!

Tory Burch flatsBallet Flats. A chic ballet flat is the ultimate in comfort while still looking professional. They can be dressed up, like this Tory Burch option, or dressed down in a solid, neutral color without detracting from your look.

Driving LoafersGENTLEMEN

No Sneakers. While these may be your shoe of choice, sneakers are too casual in an internship setting. Wearing a dress shirt with slacks or jeans and pairing them with sneakers takes away from your professional image.

Driving Loafers. For advice on men’s shoes, I turned to former Merrill Lynch intern Rick Urquhart. He recommends a quality driving loafer for the right balance of comfort and corporate. His top picks are: Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan and Bally.

Bally shoesDress Shoes. A nicely polished dress shoe is a tried and true staple in a businessman’s wardrobe. While Hugo Boss dress shoes are a tad pricey, Rick suggests investing in quality.

For more fashionable internship tips, check out my fashion blog, Intern Chic, and follow us on Twitter.

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Kuei-Ti Lu April 28, 2011 at 1:01 am

Is it appropriate to wear sport shoes for some kinds of internships, especially for those not in the office?


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