Can you have the same shoes both in the boardroom and on the factory floor?

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You may recognize the dilemma: You want to be properly dressed, but in the workplace you move between different environments with different requirements. Is it possible to be correctly dressed in the same pair of shoes both in the boardroom and on the factory floor? Join our style guide and you will get the answer.

Even though workplaces in Sweden are less formal than in many other countries, there is certainly reason to dress properly. We want to show belonging. We want to feel comfortable. And we want to feel good. But it is no longer as strict as before.

“In recent years, the choice of shoes and clothes has become much more casual in most workplaces,” says Erik Dahlgren who works at Skoaktiebolaget in Stockholm. “However, I can see a slight return to more formal clothing and shoe choices in that people are now going back to the office after working from home for just over a year during covid. Many mention that they have started to miss wearing a suit and a pair of freshly polished shoes after all the work from home. ”

So which shoes are right for the job? Here is a simple style guide with the most common and important models. As usual, there are many variants, interpretations and opinions about what is right. But most people agree on these basics.

The lacing and buckles are the basis. Then there are different kinds of patterns. In general, the more patterns and decor on a shoe, the less strict it is considered to be.

Oxford, the most classic.

As I said, it is the lacing that decides and models with so-called closed lacing are called “Oxfords”. The side pieces with the lace holes are located under the front of the shoe. Oxfords are available in many different colors and variants, but common is the lacing and it is the one that gives the strict impression. If you come to oxfords to work, you are never wrong.

Derby, still accurate but a little more relaxed.

In a “Derby” the lacing is open and the side pieces with the lacing holes are over the front of the shoe. A little more casual than Oxford’s but still on the right side of the formalities.

Of course, Derby shoes are also available in many different colors and variants. A common variant is “Brouge” where the shoe has a pattern of perforated holes. A “Blucher” is a variant of Derby where the side pieces are not sewn on but part of the back shoe.

Monk shoes, stylish, cool and casual.

A model that many believe is new, even though it has more than 100 years on its neck. Monk shoes have buckles, one or more. A versatile shoe that fits most things, even jeans. Perfect for chinos and a little more friday casual and a nice and good solution for those who want to avoid tying their shoes.

JALAS-VIP, correct with built-in protection.

Then we come to the shoes for those occasions when you have to be dressed for both the boardroom and the factory floor. JALAS VIP is a classic Derby boot with a discreet perforation as a pattern on the top. Perfect for the civil engineer who occasionally visits the construction site and for the production specialist who occasionally needs to go down to the factory floor.

“It was obvious that there was a need for a stylish safety shoe,” says Juuso Rajakallio, designer at Ejendals and responsible for the design of Jalas VIP. “The big challenge, however, was not the appearance but finding materials that live up to the tough requirements that exist to get a safety shoe certified:”

You can wear JALAS VIP for both casual and suit, the shoe has a toe cap, nail protection and a non-slip and shock-absorbing outsole. Available in black and brown, also as a low shoe in black and in both men’s and women’s sizes.

JALAS – Specialists in safety shoes.

JALAS specializes in safety shoes for many different professions and industries and we therefore also have a special collection for you who work in offices but need safety functions in the shoes. If you want to know more about our VIP shoes, read more here!

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