While every piece in an outfit holds its own weight, there’s one item that often pushes through as the true workhorse: The shoes. Because really, no perfect ensemble is complete without a beautiful pair of heels, boots, or flats. To that, we actually tend to build ensembles—especially office looks—around our footwear choices since shoes are often one of the first items coworkers actually notice in a ‘fit.
As we started planning our go-to work ensembles for 2019, it became clear that there are actually five key shoe silhouettes that will be the front-runners in our arsenals. Keep scrolling to check out the styles that will ground our looks this year—and take your 9-to-5 wardrobe to new heights (sometimes literally).
While knee-high boots may feel more appropriate for going out than going to work, they actually feel quite sophisticated paired with a longer skirt and chunky knit.
Keep comfortable running around in a colorful pair of kitten heels that are equal parts forward and practical.
If you're going for a classic pair of pumps, ditch the basic black iterations and opt for a patterned or embellished style for serious impact.
A pair of ankle boots is always a smart choice, especially a sock-inspired silhouette with cropped pants, a top, and a checked coat.
Work in a more casual and creative setting? Go bold with a metallic pair of booties with jeans and a blouse.