The flip-flop brigade at OTC

The Offshore Technology Conference is huge. And the parking lot and train station is a long way away from the trade show floor. So smart women are coming into Reliant Park in flip-flops, sneakers and other comfy footwear. Then they pop into one of the bathrooms and trade out their comfort footwear for business pumps and heels. And some of us – me included – have our stockings in our purses. No one is the wiser – as long as you don’t run into anyone you know on the way in to the mega trade show.

Christina Hernandez is part of the flip-flop brigade. She’s in international sales with Triple-S Steel Supply and is wearing a smart black dress with matching jacket for her booth responsibilities today. But to keep her feet from killing her on the way in, she wore a pair of black flip flops. She has a pair of shoes – with five inch heels – tucked away in her tote bag. And she plans to wait until the last possible moment to go from pure comfort to all-business.

Hernandez noted that she’s seen many women in wedges this year. They’re stylish, she said, yet they’re more comfortable because of a wider base.

HMMM. So I wonder: Are wedges an appropriate expense account item?


About The Author

L.M. Sixel writes about the economy and the workplace for the Houston Chronicle. She started her newspaper career at the Beaumont Enterprise. Before that, she earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master's degree in economic history from the London School of Economics.