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there are lots of really great shoes for summer where you do not have to show your toenails. maybe like a mule, for example. or slingbacks.
but go get a pedacure. don't go to work with roughed up heels. again, many people could find this offensive and in poor judgement. especially in the case of a new job and wanting to make a great first impression.
I paint my nails dark purple or black and wear whatever I feel like, well not flip flops. I do think those are totally inappropriate anywhere unless at the beach or pool...but are people really talking about my feet? and should I care?
black, bruised and beat up toenails, on the other hand, are a mega don't and a possible career killer (unless everyone there is a long distance runner and beat up toenails are like trophies). like i said, might as well go to work with food in the teeth.
It does depend on your work environment too. I personally work in a laid back office culture but some things I just don't feel like sharing and have people comment on.
"In order to keep a true perspective on one's importance, everyone should have a dog that worships him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce
The sad reality is that I will never be able to go without opaque toenail polish though. Hot pink is my usual, but I wil do the occasional red. I actually have a light gold on right now that doesn't show the bruising underneath thanks to the fake nails.
See my blog post here: http://kcwoodhead.blogspot.com/...rathon-thoughts.html
Scroll down a bit to the pics of my toes...warning - the first pic is pretty gross!!
I have only ever lost 1 toenail, and that was due to my frist ironman. I wore running shoes in the race that I didn't do my longest run in (I had run in them plenty though, just not the super long one). During the race I KNEW they were hitting the ends of my shoes. My bike shoes were also worn out. I was noticing my toes again blasting against the ends of the shoes and feeling sore after long rides.
I went and got new bike shoes and new running shoes. I walked into the running store and asked for shoes with the roomiest toe box they had. I got some bike shoes with plenty of toe room.
I guess I just feel like 'beat up toes' shouldn't be happening.
lucky for you this is not a problem you have, but many runners and endurance athletes do lose, or have beat up toenails on as a nearly chronic condition.
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The good news is I noticed that once I started running a bit faster my nails didn't take as much of a beating. It only took 5 years to get there and I still have bad races (IM run for example...reverts back to slower running and more beating up of my poor toes).
I've just accepted that I'm never going to have nice pretty toes again.
Good to see you again teammate!
As to OP, since you are new on the job, putting your injuries on public display in front of people who don't know you may have the effect of them not wanting to know you...as in what else is wrong with the new employee? Keep your "war wounds" to yourself, at least for now.
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