Put Your Best Foot Forward at Work With These Powerful Shoes

The right shoes can make or break an outfit—why spend time perfecting your look just to throw on a scruffy pair of heels? I’ve made that mistake way too many times, and this year, I vow to only leave the house in polished, clean shoes (well, for the office at least). With this new plan in place, comes the need for an urgent update to my shoe cupboard. (Shock! Horror!).

Victoria Beckham once said “I can’t concentrate in flats”, but fast forward a few years, and she changed her tune, explaining “I just can’t do heels anymore”. It’s this back and forth struggle between flats and heels that I know many women constantly face—me included. I know that I always feel more “done” when I’m in a pair of heels, but that’s not to say I haven’t had some of my best work days in a pair of elevated flats.

Let’s put to rest this notion that you can only feel powerful in heels—you’re in control, and as long as you feel polished and elevated, you’ll feel like the powerful #GirlBoss you are. For 2017, update your shoe wardrobe with the classics—the shoes that aren’t overly trend driven, and you can wear all year... Just be sure to keep them polished and clean.

Scroll down for our edit of the most powerful work shoes to shop this year, so you can put your best foot forward.

Keep these under your desk for emergency meetings, so you don't ruin the pearls out in the elements.

Neutral pumps will help elongate your legs.

The little black dress version of your shoe cupboard.

An everyday pair of boots, you'll feel elevated yet comfortable in these all day.

If you favour simple, minimal outfits, a pair of interesting boots will give your outfit a fresh touch.

These are perfect for casual Friday with jeans and a white shirt.

Can't you already imagine wearing these with a floral midi dress?

Hot tip: Make sure you weather-guard these suede babies so they last the distance.

Lace-up shoes have left trend territory, and are now a classic. If you're still wary to invest, try this affordable pair first.

Elastacised rims and padded insole make these extra comfortable. 

These are the flats that kick-started the ballerina trend.

These are designed to be worn with the heel either folded down or up. Genius.

A classic loafer with a modern twist. The exaggerated fold is the stuff dreams are made of.

If you go for metallics, keep the rest of your look neutral.

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