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.