I’ll be the first to admit than when it comes to shoes, I tend to favor cute and pretty over anything practical. But as a full-time mom and a full-time fashion editor, these days, I have no time to waste on blistered heels, swollen toes, and aching arches—especially when it comes to my everyday work shoes. Between commutes, press previews, meetings, and after-work events, what I really want is a chic pair of shoes that are not only good-looking but equally comfortable—at least enough to walk five L.A. blocks in (those are long, by the way) sans blisters. It seems I’m not the only one who desires these kinds of shoes. The number one fashion question I get asked from my friends, from readers, and through Instagram is what shoes they should buy that are cushy yet still trendy and chic—particularly when it comes to travel and work.
Curious to see what other fashion-forward women are wearing on their feet to work, I tapped into six stylish women in the fashion industry for the shoes they swear by. Scroll below for a little something to suit every sartorial taste, and shop the most comfortable work shoes out there.
"When it comes to shoes, I'm all about comfort. Chanel's two-tone slingbacks are the perfect a.m.-to-p.m. shoes. The chunky heel is easy to walk, bike, or drive in and is not too high but still high enough to look chic."
"I found that I wore Aeydē's black pointed-toe Sylvie mules so much last year that I quickly bought another pair just in case they were never made again. They're the perfect fall shoe, they are insanely comfortable to wear (top-quality Italian manufacturing plus a mid-height heel are to thank), and because they're quite simple, they tend to match almost any outfit. This particular style is now low in stock (see? I was right to buy twice), but there are some similar versions available both from this brand and other footwear labels."
"I wear these Margaux's classic ballet flats to work all the time because they're comfortable and look good with everything from ripped-knee jeans to structured dresses. I have them in the cerulean color (shout-out to Miranda Priestly), and I love that they offer a bit more aesthetic spice than your classic black or brown shoe option."
The classic work heels of our dreams. Added arch support, flexible leather, injected insoles for heel stability, comfort pods at the sole, and a rounded topline across the toes make these shoes perfect for your 12-hour days.