Recently, a client asked me to discuss comfortable yet stylish shoes for work. As I contemplated the fine line between style and comfort, and the highest pair of heels a woman can stand in all day, Nancy Pelosi gave her fillibuster style speech advocating for Dreamers in four inch heels. Pelosi’s speech lasted over eight hours, assuring us that , with enough grit, you can indeed stand in heels all day at work.
Anyone who wears high heels regularly knows that it is more painful to stand in heels for long periods of time than it is to walk in them. People on social media drove drove the narrative that it was a feminist statement – that a 77 year-old women standing in stilettos for over eight hours is nothing short of inspiring, and urged Nancy on with #GoNancyGo.
Still, one of the biggest fashion conundrums working women face daily is finding a stylish pair of work pumps that won’t leave them in total pain after a long day. Raise your hand if you’ve been there.
Nancy Pelosi’s “fillibuster shoes” were likely Jimmy Choo or Miu Miu, as she favors the brands. In addition I recognize the squared architecture of the heel from closeups of Pelosi’s shoes as iconic Jimmy Choo.
For those of you who wish a little more comfort in your workday footwear, here are 13 pairs of comfortable pumps to try. And if you want to try a “comfortable” stiletto heel – especially for special occasions like presentations, I have included three Jimmy Choo and Miu Miu options.
Let me know how it goes for you.