Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
Our new CEO has an interest in yachting and all of my coworkers have started wearing boat shoes as a result, although I don’t know which ones are merely fashion and which ones are functional. Obviously, if I show up wearing a pair of non-functional boat shoes, I’m less likely to be picked for a weekend outing. What would you recommend?
Manolo says, the CEO with the interest in yachting? The Manolo immediately imagines Thurston Howell III, sprung to life, complete with the ascot, captain’s hat, and Locust Valley Lockjaw.
It is either that, or the Ted Turner model yachtsman, of the rich yahoo drunkenly micturating off the back of the boat.
In either case, the popular conception of the wealthy boater is not flattering, and yet, it is fondly regarded when compared to the current image of the corporate CEO, securely lodged upon his piles of golden loot.
And thus, while the Manolo understands the practical necessity of conforming to the corporate culture, he wonders if this desire to be with the crowd is fully justified. Would the reasonable CEO not respect the worker who was her own person, more interested in, say, polo than yachting?
The best practical boating shoe? The Sperry Topsider, the Authentic Original model in navy. That says it all, no?