When it comes to choosing the best women’s working shoes, we naturally tend to favour the cute and stylish models over the functional options. The result? Calluses, cuts, blisters and sore feet – especially the first time you are wearing the new pair.
The main objective of good working shoes is to carry you from the everyday commute to walks around your workplace and lastly through a dinner or party after a busy day. Finding the right pair – the one which contemplates all the aspects above plus looks stylish – can be challenging.
One of the main things to keep in mind is that different work environments call for different types of shoes: not every woman can wear flat shoes at work, the same way animal print patterns are not very well seen by more corporate companies. The good news is that, nowadays, with the relaxing of office dress codes, options have diversified.
To make your browsing experience easier, we’ve selected the five best working shoes for women. From stylish flats to classy kitten courts, these pairs serve anyone who desires functionality and style.
And before we start: if you are also looking for professional advice about shoes, don’t forget to check out our live session with the celebrity podiatrist Marion Yau.
The top picks women’s working shoes
The Stylish Flats
Ideal for: commuting, casual workplace environments
For many women, wearing flats at the workplace is not ideal given it sometimes doesn’t look formal enough. Also, because they are “flats”, depending on the outfit, it can make you feel shorter.
If you feel comfortable wearing flat shoes for work, the secret is putting the attention on them: matching a nice pair of statement flats with a basic outfit will make you look like a stylish pro.
Also, it will look smart when worn with cropped trousers or a pleated midi skirt at the office.
And for those who like an elongated silhouette, go for the pointed toe models.
The Perfect Loafers
Ideal for: commuting, casual workplace environments
A good loafer can take you anywhere from casual drinks to corporate events, but it can also be the trickiest style to wear as they can run the risk of looking frumpy, especially when worn with dresses and skirts.
But they can definitely be included in your rotation of shoes for work! For a smart look, go for skinny jeans and cropped trousers, particularly if you can show off a bit of your ankle. They also look great with slightly shorter hemlines!
Pro tip: depending on the model, you can always collapse the back of the shoes to create a more relaxed-looking mule as you head out of the office.
The Block Heels
Ideal for: formal workplace environments, desk-to-dinner
Despite more casual dress codes, high heels will never look out of place in the office. And if you want the elegance without the discomfort, block heel designs are the way to go.
Whether you choose to have them in court shoes or mules, the block heels are definitely a democratic option and can work great as shoes for work. They add more stability and balance to your walk, as well as giving you extra height without compromising on comfort.
The best part: it goes with all types of work outfits, from midi skirts to cigarette trousers.
The Kitten Shoes
Ideal for: commuting, casual to formal workplace environments, desk-to-dance
Sometimes all you need is a pair of shoes to take you from work to events and parties – and the kitten heels can definitely be your next working shoes addition!
The low-maintenance and easy-to-wear kitten shoes have slowly but surely replaced stilettos. They are more practical, but they still dress up a look, just as classic court shoes would, which means they are a perfect option for shoes for work.
The low-heeled style looks great when paired with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans. Keep things office-appropriate by pairing yours with longer hemlines and tailored trousers as opposed to the fancy pencil skirts and party dresses.
The Ankle boots
Ideal for: casual workplace environments
Gone are the days when ankle boots should be worn only in casual environments: now they are a workwear staple, even more in places with long cold periods.
The secret is keeping things smart by sticking to basic shapes and refraining from cowboy and socks styles.
To style, think midi-long dresses rather than anything short and straight to pantalon- style trousers.
Women’s working shoes with an extra touch
The outfit is ready to go, you are feeling empowered and ready for another day at work. The shoes feel comfortable, but something is missing. So why not take those basic ballerina flats to another level of style? You can easily do that by adding shoe clips in any of your working shoes!
Shoe clips are decorative clips for shoes and sandals. They can be easily attached to the upper or vamp of any pair of shoes to add extra glam and detail. That means that any of your shoes have the potential to be transformed into a statement shoe in a matter of seconds.
From crystal clusters to delicate satin ribbons, you can find the shoe clips in different styles and models. When using them on shoes for work, though, go for the models in metal or pearl.
You can also bring them in your bag and add glam before heading to a party after work!
Finally, no matter the shoe type, as a professional you need to feel good and ready for the day ahead. Having comfortable and right-fit working shoes is crucial, so you make the most of your day without concerning yourself with pain and discomfort.
With our PrecisionFit technology, you can design the most comfortable pair of working shoes you ever had, no matter if it’s a high heel or a loafer
If you would like to know more about us, you can explore our full range of stunning shoes at the Shop the Look session, our design your own using our 3D Design tool. Stay tuned and the shoe clips will be available for orders in the coming weeks!
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