9 Work-appropriate Shoes to Wear in the Office

Knowing what to wear to work can be a little tricky sometimes. Especially when you’re new or haven’t been in the office for a while. For most of us, our number one priority when it comes to work shoes is comfort. After all, you’ll probably be wearing them for longer than the 9-5 you spend at your desk.

But, as we all know, you don’t need to sacrifice style for comfort. So, if you’re wondering what to wear to work, here are nine work-appropriate shoes you can wear with confidence in the workplace.

1. Pumps

You can’t go wrong with a signature pair of pumps. Totally timeless, pumps are the go-to shoe choice for offices. They are the perfect balance between smart and casual and have that all-important wearability factor.

If you’re keeping it smart, a black or neutral colour pump is a great option for a toned-down style. If you’re not heading into any important meetings and you’re opting for a casual look, a brightly coloured pump is a nice way of adding some personality to your workwear. 

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2. Trainers

For most of us, the office is becoming more and more casual. Not only is that great news for those of us who don’t want to fork out on expensive work clothes, but also great news for our feet too.

Gone are the days where women were expected to wear uncomfortable heels in the office. Now, wearing trainers to work is just as acceptable. So, there’s no need to pack away your power walking sports shoes you used to wear on the commute. Keep your feet happy and wear them all day long!

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3. Ankle Boots

Come the colder months, you probably want something a little robust to keep your feet warm. It doesn’t matter if they are suede or leather, ankle boots are the best winter work shoe. Pair with trousers, skirts or dresses and a trendy winter coat for that chic autumnal look.

And if you want to dress it up, a heeled ankle boot will give you that smart office-ready look that can withstand any weather. Plus, ankle boots don’t just look classy, they also allow you to wear your fluffy socks to work without anyone noticing – lovely!

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4. Moccasins

Moccasins are the ideal slip-on shoe for the office. Their slight heel gives them a smart look and the addition of either a belt or some tassels are the flawless finishing touch.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going for trousers, dresses or skirts, moccasins will instantly tie any outfit together. The best thing about moccasins is that they are an all-year-round shoe. Pair with a summer dress for warm days or make your jeans look more formal in winter. Either way, moccasins are the ultimate stylish work shoes.

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5. Chelsea Boots

Ah, does it get any more classic than a Chelsea boot? Don’t be fooled, they may look expensive, but if you’re savvy, you can pick up a pair of discount Chelsea boots for a fraction of the cost.

When it comes to fashion at work, the Chelsea boot reigns supreme. Tasteful and sophisticated, any professional woman should have a couple of pairs in either brown or black to complete her workwear wardrobe. And when you can get them at sale prices, what’s not to love?

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6. Loafers

As far office-appropriate shoes are concerned, loafers are up there as the favourite for most of us. Their smart style can make even the most casual outfit look well put together.

The loafer tends to be a little sturdier than a pump. So, if you’re looking for a dainty shoe that can keep up with your busy workday, look no further. For a simple look, check out the staple brown leather. If you want something fun, you won’t be disappointed. Loafers come in a surprising range of colours which makes finding your perfect pair, easy.

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 7. High Heels

Now, as for stylish work shoes, you really can’t go wrong with heels. We know we’ve just banged on about how great it is that women don’t have to wear heels to work anymore. But sometimes, we want to make a bit of a statement.

Whether it’s an important meeting or a work event, a pair of heels can transform an outfit entirely. They don’t need to be six inches tall a simple kitten or mid-heel will do the trick nicely.

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8. Slingback sandals

When the sun is shining, none of us want to be in the office, but sadly, we still need to turn up for work. If you’ve got the summer wardrobe ready, the only thing you need to complete it is a pair of slingback sandals.

These are essential pairs of shoes to have for the office. They allow you to keep your feet cool in more ways than one (pun intended) all while maintaining that professional workwear style.

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9. Calf boots

Picture this, you’re heading back to work after the Christmas holidays. The last thing you want to be wearing on your feet is a pair of summery pumps. Wrap up warm and keep your feet looking trendy with a pair of knee boots

Knee boots give you that extra bit of protection when compared to ankle boots. So, they are great for keeping your feet toasty warm in the depths of winter. Plus, they are great for transitioning into warmer months as they look particularly great with midi dresses come spring when the weather is a bit hit and miss.

And there you have it, nine work-appropriate shoes to wear in the office. You don’t need to spend a fortune to look good. So, get out there and find your collection of office-ready shoes!  

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