The Shoes We Started Wearing When We Turned 22
When it comes to fashion, age is irrelevant. Here at Who What Wear, we firmly believe you should wear whatever you want so long as it makes you feel like the best version of yourself. However, we would be lying if we didn't admit to learning a few age-appropriate style tricks early on that shaped our wardrobes for the better. Particularly, those post-college years where your internship transitions into a full-time position and suddenly, half the contents of your closet seem completely irrelevant in your current day-to-day.
We could go on and on about how our closets transformed into an entity suited for the workplace, but instead, we are getting straight to the bottom of it—and by the bottom, we mean our shoes. Here, find out which shoes the Who What Wear editors started wearing post-22 as they officially settled into their careers and truly came into their own personal styles.
Go on to shop the shoes our editors started wearing when they turned 22.
"By 22, I was finally fully embedded into the post-college working world, and my footwear choices caught up. Polished block heels hit the sweet spot for me between sneakers and uncomfortable stilettos."
"I don't know that there was a particular shoe style that I started wearing when I turned 22, but I did start making a point to invest in quality, well-made shoes from brands that were a little pricier than the ones I wore throughout college (that usually ended up falling apart)."
"As I've gotten older and spent more time in the working world, I've begun investing in comfortable and classic shoes I can wear all day and still feel stylish in but also keep for seasons to come. Whether that's an ankle boot or slingback heel, I try to keep those two qualities in mind whenever shopping. Lately, I've been wearing these on repeat."
"Entering further into adulthood (whatever that means) has made me oddly dedicated to looking polished as often as possible, whether that be at the office or on the weekend. I find that these Everlane loafer mules really do the trick."
"As I've gotten older, I've started investing in classic shoes that I'll have for years. Like great bags or jewelry, they can elevate your outfit and even make jeans and a T-shirt look cool. Recently, I bought a pair of Chanel slingbacks and mules from The Row, which I've been wearing on repeat. While they might be a splurge, I've realized the cost per wear makes them worth it."
"Once I hit 22, I started investing in more ankle boots for the office—I think they're more polished than anything open-toed. I have a mix of timeless and on-trend versions, but these Tory Burch boots are the best of both worlds. The curved heel and gold buttons give them a cool look, but they still feel classic and will go with a lot of different outfits."
"A pair of nice solid-black heels."
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