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).