I know that realistically, waitressing barefoot would be a nightmare. With the disgusting state of kitchen floors mid-shift, and the people everywhere, and broken glass and all. But I get so tired of dealing with the ever-present dilemma of work shoes. It's not like I can just go to the store and buy any pair of nike shoes I feel like -- because they have to be a certain color and they can't have any decorations and for my own safety and sanity they have to slip-resistant.
And now that I'm thinking about it, I don't think I've had any nike shoes in my life. Well, maybe back in the 80s I might have had some bitch' puffy high-tops that were nike shoes, but anyway. The ones I've been wearing lately are okay, and they hold up pretty well; and they're cheap. But still, sometimes by the end of a shift my feet are just throbbing. And it will happen at the strangest times. by the end of my last shift of the week, I'm usually fine. But sometimes the second or third night of the week I'll suddenly feel like I'm walking on bruises.
I'm not sure if that a function of my shoes, or my feet swelling, or what, but it's super annoying. There have been a few times at work that I've waited until customers left, got all my kitchen stuff done, and then taken off my shoes and done my vacuuming or whatever barefoot. Which still leaves me feeling like I need to bleach my feet, but you know. At least I'm more comfortable for a while.