Shoes! Such a simple way to update your style.
But, one dilemma for those of us on our feet a major portion of the day; finding a stylish yet comfortable shoe. Here are five comfortable work shoe ideas interpreted from POPSUGAR’s spring shoe trend review:
Rainbow Hues – A kitten heel like this Monolo pump is comfortable and subdued- an office worthy interpretation of the bold Rainbow Hues trend, particularly if you work in a conservative area like DC.
Pointy Toes – Pointy toe flats like these Jimmy Choo’s are flattering because the pointy toe elongates the line of your leg nicely.
Note: When I go into offices to discuss office appropriate style – I am often asked about wearing flats vs. heels in the office. Which is more professional? I have seen offices where 90% of the office wear flats, and offices where everyone is wearing at least a kitten heel. My $.02 is a heel is always more elevated and professional than a flat, so it simply depends on your day and particular office. If you are a woman in leadership or aspiring to a leadership position I recommend elevating your look with a heel. AGL, Cole Haan, and Anyi Liu are good comfort brands to check out. Also, any time you are client facing – always try to wear a heel to make the best impression.
Block Heels – This block heel ballerina pump by Sarah Jessica Parker is a lively and comfortable shoe. Block heels get a bad rap because they can look staid and conservative. Often it is simply how you wear the trend. Try pairing block heel ballerina pumps with slim pants that end above your ankle, and coordinate with an envelope clutch for a high style and low frump factor combination.
Note: Sometimes there is an adjustment period to wrap your head around a trend before you end up liking it.
The Mule Trend – Mules are the mullet of shoes; all business in the front and a party in the back. You can pair these with long pants as your flat, and no one will know the difference. On the weekend try pairing your mules with jeans and shorts for a stylish twist.
Lace-ups – For women in leadership who want modern classic style, I love a lace up like this Louise and Cie option. Why not wear a lace up flat as an alternative to ballet flats for casual Friday in a creative work environment, and, of course, on the weekend.
Ambitious readers, would you wear flats in the office, or do your think women should always wear heels?