June 25, 2009

5 Must-Have Shoes For Work

Yes, we know style and comfort don't always go hand in hand-- especially when it comes to footwear-- but here are closet essentials that do not require you to sacrifice looks for functionality.


AK Anne Klein Ivanyi Flats $79.00 at Piperlime

Flats are going to get you everywhere with less pain than any other shoe. This is our favorite type of work shoe because there are so many options to choose from-- loafers, moccasins, ballets-- and they are just so darn comfortable. But they may not be the best choice for women who aren't exactly blessed with height...

Kitten Heels

Layland Slingback Pump SALE $39.99 at Nine West

If you need a little boost in height, it's wise to stay away from flats (although their comfort is hard to resist). Another option is the kitten heel. These will make you a couple of inches taller, and if you're lucky, they'll feel just like your favorite flats.

Wedge Heels

BP. Uptown Wedge Pump $69.95 at Nordstrom

Okay, maybe you're going to need more than just a couple of inches; if you do, try wedge heels. How can these be comfortable? Well, the wedge simply distributes your weight equally over the heel, making it so much easier to wear than stilettos.


Carma OT Air Sling $278.00 at Cole Haan

Want more comfort? Be sure to get cushioned shoes (like these pumps with Nike Air technology), and it's best they have rubberized heels as well as padding on the inside. Cole Haan has been creating gorgeous shoes for men and women since 1928, so he knows what quality shoes are. Sure, these pumps don't have the same feel as real Nike sneakers, but they're as good as heels get.

Spacious Toe Boxes

Gentle Souls It's So Fun Flat $194.95 at Nordstrom

Instead of squeezing your toes into pointed heels with narrow toe boxes, let them breathe in a pair of round or square-toed shoes. Rounded toe boxes are very comfortable and are also very feminine.

Looking for comfortable shoes? Try these brands: Cole Haan Nike Air Technology, Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole, Naturalizer, Hush Puppies, Clarks, Merrell, Taryn Rose, Sofft, Soft Spots, and Walking Cradles.

What are your favorite work shoes? Tell us in your comments! Feel free to give any feedback.


  1. The Gentle Souls flats look really comfortable! I'm over 40, and I'm wondering if you could do something on appropriate but stylish clothes for that age group. Thanks!

  2. ChristinaJune 26, 2009

    OMG, i am in love with those Cole Haan air slings! I really want to get them now! and thanks a lot for the advice-- i'm starting my first professional job next week =D

  3. Nice...but they all are a little too simple for me. I don't know, I'm just a really eclectic person :P

  4. I own 2 Naturalizer shoes and are very comfy. They are my favorites! I like all the shoes you picked here, but I think the Gentle Souls is too casual.

  5. A World of LuxuryJune 28, 2009

    Dear Liz,
    We will definitely write more about fashion for women over 40. Come back soon to check them out. Thank you all for your comments!

  6. wow! those nine west kitten heels are super cheap! i want them! hope they're still on sale..thanks for the tips.


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