I'm a girly-girl with a superficial, first-world problem.
In June I'll be heading off to culinary school where I'll be studying baking and pastry arts for 27 weeks. The only thing that the school expects me to provide is a pair of "kitchen-ready" shoes. Can someone explain to me what exactly makes a pair of shoes "kitchen-ready," and maybe give me some pointers as to which designs or brands are best suited for bakers, as opposed to line cooks? Do you wear a pair in your kitchen? Do all shoes worn in the kitchen have to be a designated "chef shoe" or can shoes with certain soles/other standards be deemed appropriate?
After doing a lot of google searching, I need to ask this: is there even such thing as a really cute women's chef shoe? I understand that comfort > style when you're on your feet for 12 hours a day, but maybe somewhere there exists a functional-yet-attractive version of these bulky clodhoppers?
Lastly: No crocs. Ever. (Sorry, Mario Batali... it just ain't happenin') ;)