Dos and Don'ts Sandals
May 31, 2018

What are the do’s and don’ts of wearing sandals?


  1. Don’t wear them to the office.
  2. Don’t wear them if you’re driving.
  3. Don’t wear them for yard work.
  4. Don’t wear them if you have diabetes and other neurological diseases.


  1. Do wear them for relaxation.
  2. Do wear them with rolled-up pants.
  3. Do wear them when your feet are prepped.
  4. Do wear them with socks.


One of the most popular footwear choices in the Philippines is sandals. Everyone’s wearing them – kids, teens, parents, even grandparents – and we can totally understand why. They’re extremely comfortable and they also allow your feet to breathe freely.

Moreover, you can wear them during any season – rainy or sunny. We only have two seasons here in the Philippines so that really doesn’t say much but that has to count for something, right? Across all footwear types, they are, without a doubt, the one thing that everyone should have.

However, that doesn’t mean you can wear them all day every day. As much we’d love to, we just can’t because there are rules to follow. These fashion rules that prevent us from living our dream of wearing sandals every day are irritating, but we must abide.

Don’t worry, though, for we’ll also tell you when you can enjoy your comfy pair. So, without further delay, here are the do’s and don’ts of wearing sandals:

Don't Wear them to the Office

Don’t Wear them to The Office

We know they’re comfortable and you’d like to feel at home when you’re at work but don’t wear them to the office – unless of course you’re a freelancer and home is the office then by all means do.

Even if your feet look and smell great, some people have developed a Pavlovian reaction and associate the sight of feet with stinky smells. This means that they’ll smell something bad when they catch sight of your feet even though there’s really nothing there.

Sandals should only be worn in non-professional situations, so you probably shouldn’t wear them whenever you’re working even if you’re not in the office.

Don’t Wear Them If You’re Driving

It’s quite dangerous to drive in footwear such as flip-flops and sandals because they can easily slip off your feet or get stuck on or under the pedals. This seemingly small thing can cause life-threatening accidents, so if you must drive, then at least don’t drive while wearing sandals.

If you really want to wear sandals and you have to drive, then try these alternative options. Drive barefoot and slip on your sandals once you’ve reached your destination. Or stash an extra pair of shoes in your car that you can change into when you need to drive.

Don’t Wear Them for Yard Work

We’d all like to keep all our toes until we grow old, but that’ll be more difficult to achieve when you insist on wearing sandals while you do yard work. Understandably, it’s hot outside and you just want your feet to breathe, but wouldn’t you rather have a complete set of toes?

Basic safety precaution techniques teach us that we should wear footwear with full coverage in order to avoid injuries during such events and it is in your best interest to follow this rule.

Don’t Wear Them If You Have Diabetes and Other Neurological Diseases

People who have difficulty feeling sensation in their feet should avoid wearing sandals and other types of footwear that offer little to no protection. The reason for this is foreign objects may get lodged in their feet or between their toes without their knowledge. It can also result in cuts, blisters, and bruises from the straps rubbing on the foot.

If you have diabetes or other neurological diseases that prevent you from properly feeling sensation in your feet but you still want to wear sandals, then make sure to look at where you’re walking and check your feet multiple times a day.

Do Wear Them for Relaxation

We’ve said it again and again and we’ll say it again: sandals are undeniably and extremely comfortable. The comfort you get from wearing a good pair of sandals obviously trumps the suffocating feeling you get from wearing shoes. Sandals are the best footwear for the beach, poolside, and basically, every other place where you plan to get some rest and relaxation.

Do Wear them with Rolled-Up Pants

Pin-rolled jeans and sandals make the perfect, stylish pair. People are sure to take notice of your impeccable sense of fashion and you’ll get a lot of positive attention if you wear them together.

Moreover, rolling up your pants will give you maximum ventilation and you’ll be able to enjoy that sweet summer breeze.

Do Wear Them When Your Feet Are Prepped

Your number 1 priority when wearing sandals is to make sure that your feet are taken care of and prepped. After all, you wouldn’t want to parade dirty and smelly feet, would you? Always remember to take care of your feet by getting a nice pedicure before slipping on a pair of sandals!

Do Wear them with Socks

Okay, wait. Before you stone us or something, at least hear us out first? Yes, we know that most people think that socks and sandals are a horrendous pair that must never see the light of day, but we’d like to disagree.

If done right, socks and sandals could look incredibly well together. For example, solid-colored sandals would go well with chunky marle-knit socks or fair isle weaved socks. Patterned-sandals, on the other hand, can be paired with solid-colored socks to make an aesthetically-pleasing contrast.

We’re telling you, if it’s done right and worn with confidence, socks and sandals could be an amazing fashion statement.

Key Takeaway

All that said, if you want to wear sandals in the Philippines, then do it. Wear your favorite pair to the mall or to the office – if your company allows you to that is. Although you might not want to wear them when you’re driving and doing yard work. Those are potentially dangerous situations and may lead to some serious injuries.

Aside from that, you can wear them however you want. With shorts, with skirts, with long pants, with a dress – who cares? Wear them with socks if you want or without them if that’s what you’re used. It really doesn’t matter. As long as you’re comfortable and feel confident in them, then that’s all that really matters!