TREAT YO SELF: Business Casual Appropriate Shoes

You know the drill: no flip flops, scrappy heels, or exceptionally high heels. But what exactly is 'Business Casual Footwear?' 

Most heels are impractical for the high demands of Development, Production Management, and god-forbid Production internships. Even in other less strenuous internships like Entertainment Marketing and Digital Media, Interns spend a lot of time on their feet. With the amount of runs, meetings, presentations, and the often large distance from the Intern parking lot to the actual building you're working on, heels can be a painful investment.

So what shoes should you wear based on the demands of your Internship department? Glad you asked.

Also, sorry boys, get some leather converse and some broken-in dress shoes. As far as Business Casual goes, you're pretty much golden. This one's for the girls. 

Development Internships: Ballet Flats

Sam Edelman 'Felicia' flats. Online and at Nordstrom Rack.

(TV/ Film) Development Internships are notorious for the amount of runs, communal intern desks, and coffee and lunch pickups. However, unlike Production interns, Development interns are expected to adhere to a typical business causal dress code while remaining in motion and comfortable all day long.That's where Ballet flats come in. 

The Why: Once broken-in, ballet flats allow you to run, stand for hours, and look professional enough to fit in to the business casual environment. One good pair of ballet flats can be worn everyday of your internship and can even add that 'designer' touch' so important in the New York and LA entertainment industries. 

Where to Buy: Nordstrom Rack carries designer ballet flats from Sam Edelman, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Steve Madden, and Dolce Vita. Prices usually range from $20-60, up to 80% off the retail price. Although, a pair of the famed Tory Burch ballet flats can still set you back up to $150 - the most you will ever pay for anything at this department store outlet.

Tory Burch 'Reva' flats. Currently at Nordstrom Rack for less than $150.

Production Management Interns: Booties

Sam Edelman 'Petty' Booties in Putty. Can be found at Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Zappos, and Sam 

Production Management Interns often work in slightly more casual environments and their runs could take them anywhere: on set, law offices, delis, the NYC subway, groceries, and (my friend literally was sent here) a sex toy shop. Although ballet flats may still work, the on-set possibility can possibly basically eliminate them due to nails and other dangers not unnoticed by the First AD. Enter the trend of Fall 2015, the bootie.

The Why: Comfortable. Fashionable. Closed-toed. Can be dressed up or dressed down.

Where to Buy: Unlike Ballet flats, since Booties are very in style, they will set you back about $120 dollars on average. The best place to find these are online at Sam, Nordstrom, and Urban Outfitters.

Production Interns: Boots 

Steve Maddens.
Production Interns often split their time between on set production and office pre-production work. The amount of time on set requires some heavy duty footwear. Although tennis shoes are okay, something more professional and/or fashionable may gain you some points among your co-workers. Ridding Boots and Combat Boots do just that. 

The Why: Boots are comfortable, supportive for all day wear, more Fashionable than Tennis shoes, and have closed/reinforced toes. They provided further protection against nails and heavy filming equipment. 

Where to Buy: Nordstrom Rack, Urban Outfitters, Steve Madden, Doc Martens, and most department stores. 

Digital Media and Entertainment Marketing Interns : Sperry Top Siders, Keds, and J. Crew Flats

J.Crew Flats, can be found at J.Crew and J.Crew Outlets.

Digital Media and Entertainment Marketing interns often enjoy a more causal office environment where individuality is embraced and encouraged. Sperry Top Siders and bright-colored Keds and J.Crew Flats can often be found. 

The Why: They are both comfortable, unique, and 'cute' with a wide range of fashionable yet causal outfits. 

Where to Buy: Nordstrom Rack, Journeys, J. Crew, Delias, and most departments stores. These shoes will set you back $30-90 dollars - yet often last for years. 

Sperry Top Sider 'Audrey', buy at Macys and Dillards.
Keds. Buy at Delias, Journeys, Nordstrom Rack, and Department Stores.

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