Nailing work wear: Which shoes should you wear to work?
Don't make these fashion mistakes when it comes to your work wardrobe.
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Choosing the right shoe for you means you have to consider a few things. Think about your office environment, whether you need to do a lot of walking to and from work, and observe what others in the office might be wearing. What you wear on your feet could have more impact than you think. The good news is that once you've nailed those couple of pairs of work shoes, you're done. Finito. Chuck 'em on and get out the door! Put the effort into finding the perfect pair of work shoes now and you don't have to worry about it again.
Our top picks of the best work-appropriate shoes
Fleur High Block Court Shoe
Naturalizer - Hannie Black Leather
Melissa - Pointy x Jason Wu
Pink Inc - Empire Nude Kid Sandal
Penelope Two-Part Court Heels
Jo Mercer - Gasp High Heels
Charles David - Congress Cutout Peep Toe Genuine Calf Hair Pump
Clarks - Ellis Lola Court
Gucci - Decollete in Pelle Loafers
Forever New - Lucy Strappy Block Heels
By Far - Thalia Square-toe Leather Sandals
Pointed Toe Stiletto Sock Boots
Roger Vivier - Belle Vivier Patent-leather Pumps
Jo Mercer - Teckel High Heels
Chloe - Lauren Scallop-edge Leather Pumps
By Far - Sofia Crocodile-effect Leather Ankle Boots
Naturalizer - Endear
Windsor Smith - Dani
Dazie - Vessa Ankle Boots
Pink Inc - Iggy Natural Snake Kid Flat Shoes
Ganni - Crocodile-effect Leather Western Boots
Jeffrey Campbell - Viona Loafer
Review - Valentina Heel
Wide Fit Low Heel 2 Parts
Betts - Harper Block Heel Ankle Boots
Dazie - Sapphire Ankle Boots
Burberry - Monogram print pumps
Dolce Vita - Angela Pointy Toe Mule
Naturalizer - Andrea
Atmos&here - Jeanne Leather Ankle Boots
Jo Mercer - Payton High Heels
Kate Spade New York - Pallas Patent Leather Pumps
Saks Fifth Avenue
Jonte Black Tumble
Salma Black Snake
Isabel Marant - Derst Point-toe Suede Ankle Boots
Louise Et Cie - Kota Ankle Strap Pump
Novo - Ikaria
Wide Fit Snake Metallic Platform Heels
Valera Black Nubuck
Eden Premium Leather Lace Up Heeled Boots in Tan
Dakota Metal Trim Pointed Flats
Power Trip High Block Heels in Taupe
Serena Black Suede
Roger Vivier - Belle Vivier Trompette Leather Pumps
Faye Ankle Tie Ballerina Flats
Cole Haan - Opehlia Knotted Plaid Pumps
Saks Fifth Avenue
Manu Atelier - Heeled Square Toe Loafers
Boots are your friend. Use them.
What is it about boots that smooths over any shoe-related sins? Are the heels too high? Not in boots. Bought them three years ago? Boots still look good. Do your shoes take people’s attention away from the great job you’re doing? Unless you thought wearing gumboots to the office was a good idea, probably not.
A good pair of low, chunky heeled boots in black will be your godsend when you’re running late. They go with almost anything and they are so comfortable!
Make absolutely sure you can walk in your heels before committing them to an eight hour day.
The sharp click-clack of stilettos on a marble floor implies a woman means business.
The wobbly, click-shuffle of stilettos means a woman didn’t think about how much walking she’d be doing today, and is now more focused on finding a seat and a bandaid than whatever you’re saying.
Heels are fine, in the right environment. Just take them out for a few good practice spins first.
When in doubt, go for closed shoes over open.
Traditional workplaces sometimes demand this, for good reason: they look professional. It’s always your judgement call on what your workplace will deem appropriate, but if you’re unsure, it might be best to opt for the closed-toe shoe.
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