When office-wear is mentioned, I think most of us gravitate toward closed toe heels as the shoe option. And while they look good, they’re not always the smartest option. For a desk job, you’d probably be in good shape, but as someone who is on her feet all day, ever day at work, they aren’t always the most comfortable. It’s hard to do your job well when you’re feet hurt.
I run into tricky situations during winter when it comes to alternative shoe selections. In West Virginia, there is snow. While in places like California, flats are an easy solution, snow is going to get in your shoes in our snowy climates. Not to mention, they just don’t offer very good traction in most cases.
I am a huge fan of the shoe swap: wearing snow boots outside the office and changing once I get there. So in my list of work appropriate shoes, I do have some that may not be perfect for a winter trek, but I also found some great options to leave on all day.
1. Laminated leather ankle boots, Zara: Okay, I am obsessed with these. In the winter, especially with boots, people lean toward black and brown–staples–because they’re easy and go with just about anything. Try sliding into a metallic this year to make your wardrobe pop!
2. Leather shoe boots, H&M: The term “shoe boots” is kind of misleading. But I guess that really is what they are. They’re not high enough to be boots but are higher on your ankle than the average flat or loafer. I like them. They look dressy but would also look bomb with distressed denim.
3. Bow point flats, Asos: As a fan of the aforementioned shoe swap, I wanted to include easy flats that you throw in your bag and change into once you get to the office. The bows make these super cute and feminine, but they’d also be good with tights for those days there isn’t snow on the ground, as would any flats.
4. Single colored loafers, Zara: Loafers are one of my favorite shoe styles for work. They’re classy and complement everything, but they add a generally relaxed kind of feeling to an outfit. Not to mention they’re immensely more comfortable than heels all day. Try to avoid any woven fabrics and suedes, because they’ll get messy in the snow. Patent and leather are easy to wipe dry.
5. Two-toned leather loafers, Asos
6. Leather brogues, Asos: Like loafers, I love this style of shoe. It look dressy. It looks casual. It looks good with dresses and skirts and pants. And the leather isn’t going to get dirty in the slush as quickly as other fabrics will.
7. Contrast buckle ankle boot, Zara
8. Chelsea boot, H&M: Chelsea style boots are a classic. They’re comfortable, easy, and always chic. I love the brown, matte finish of this pair, but you can find these in various colors and finishes, whatever suits your style best.
9. Over-the-knee flat leather boots, Zara: Over-the-knee, or knee-high, boots will serve two purposes. One, they’ll keep your feet warm and dry outside, and two, they’ll look stylish and chic inside. You can wear them over skinny trousers or jeans if your job permits, but they’ll also look great beneath mid-length skirts and dresses.