It is important to remember that this season is no exception for dressing well. Flip-flops and jelly shoes are not appropriate for a corporate setting, nor are bright colours and bold patterns. Stick to neutral colours, and try to avoid lighter colours as those could get stained easily. Dark shoes are your best bet for this season.
If you are wearing socks, be sure to carry a spare pair with you in your bag, or keep one with you in your office. It is advisable to wear socks as it creates a barrier between your skin and the water, but wearing wet socks can lead to odours and infections.
Be careful while choosing materials, avoid leather and suede at all costs as these will get damaged by the water. However, waterproof leather shoes are available in the market so these are also a good option. Other waterproof materials are also preferable in this season. ‘Breathable’ shoes, such as those made of canvas or cotton, are a good option as they dry quickly. Be sure to purchase sturdy shoes that will give you a firm grip to prevent slipping.
Ballet flats are a good choice this season, and they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns suited to the office environment. Pumps or platform heels are also a good choice as they elevate your feet and prevent it from coming in contact with the wet ground. However, make sure you that they have a good grip and are not too high, to avoid risks such as tripping and falling.
Another option is to wear flip-flops or any waterproof shoes and change into your formal shoes when you reach your destination to prevent them from getting messy. Make sure the waterproof shoes you choose are light, as they should not weigh your feet down.
Keep wet wipes with you in your handbag and at your office in case you need to clean any dirt or water off your shoes.
Remember, choosing the right footwear is essential in order to guarantee that your shoes do not get ruined, and also to keep your feet dry and out of contact with the dirty water on the streets. There are serious health hazards such as infections due to contact with contaminated water so be sure that the shoes you choose can protect your feet.
It is important to take good care of your shoes as well as your feet in this season. When it comes to shoes, be sure to air dry them before you store them. You can use absorbent gels to help rid shoes of moisture quickly. Keep them clean by following the care instructions provided. You can also try stuffing them with newspaper to keep odours away. To take care of your feet, make sure you wash them thoroughly with soap and water if they have been in contact with the flood water. Also, never wear wet shoes.
Keep these few tips in mind and you will breeze through the monsoon season with no trouble at all!
Written by Malini Hemlani, an Image Consultant based in Hong kong.