The beauty of having great shoes that are work-appropriate (yet still cool) is that they make getting dressed easier. We’re proponents of the “start with the shoes” outfit-planning method and firmly believe that investing in quality footwear will improve your style as a whole, both in and out of the office. But that doesn’t mean that you need a closet full of professional-looking shoes (although every one of the pairs below is equally appropriate for off-duty occasions). There are six shoe styles in particular that we feel will strongly enhance your work style and cover all the bases—from that important meeting with your boss to casual Fridays. Bonus: There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes to look forward to wearing on Monday morning.
Keep scrolling to find out the essential working-girl shoe styles and to shop our favorite pairs from each category!
Whether in the form of sandals or pumps, this is our go-to heel style for polished comfort.
Loafers are a classic, but they’re cooler than ever, thanks in large part to Gucci. With so many stylish options on the market, there’s no time like the present to shop for a new pair of the most professional flat style.
There’s a reason that when we all think of footwear for the office, a pair of pumps instantly comes to mind. It doesn’t get better than these beauties on days you want to feel your most confident.
Decidedly the It shoe of the season, a closed-toe version of mules is the cool-girl way to wear pumps to the office.
The presence of a heel and shiny leather make ankle boots a great office alternative when you’re seeking comfort and a touch of edge.
A pair of feminine flats is a refreshing departure when you don’t want to wear heels but a pair of more masculine loafers doesn’t suit your outfit.