Busy career women rejoice! You no longer have to trundle extra footwear around for evening dates and other engagements. Here are seven styles of shoe for both work and leisure.

1. Pump

A staple of business-formal and business-casual offices, pumps work fine as long as they are a neutral color. Think: black, nude, and gray. Look for a heel height of less than two inches and a rounded toe for the most comfortable all-day wear. Out of the office they work great with jeans and skirts.

2. Printed and patterned heels

Though colorful heels with patterns and prints can be a little less formal than black ones, they are still appropriate for the office. It can be fun to wear funky heels; they show personality. Don’t be afraid, then, to go for some animal prints.

3. Slingbacks

A staple of business-formal offices, slingback, closed-toed heels are another great option. Slingback styles include an ankle strap. Unlike slip-on heels, they’re ideal for all-day wear.

4. Boots

Fall is right around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time for boots. Ideal for colder months, anything from booties to thigh-high boots are appropriate in the office and out. If you want a more businesslike look, go for sleek black, brown, or gray-heeled booties. If you want a more casual vibe, then go for distressed styles.

5. Flats
Flats — ballet flats, especially — are so versatile that they work both in and out of the office. If you’re not feelin’ heels, flats are a sophisticated, stylish alternative. More colorful and patterned versions can be worn in most offices to add some fun.

6. Loafers

Compared to other office shoes, loafers tend to be a little roomier. Try wearing a pair with slacks or jeans and a blazer for a business-casual look. Want a less formal office ensemble? Cap it with a thin scarf!

7. Sandals

Fall isn’t quite here yet. You still have plenty of time for sandals. In fact, sandals are a summer shoe staple in and out of the office. Looking for style and suitability? Check out heeled or wedge sandals, and try pairing them with a knee-length dress or a pair of cropped pants. Be sure to steer clear of flip-flops.



Never miss a step

For women who work nine to five, finding a shoe that they can wear to the office and on a night out can be challenging.

Regardless of style, shoes have to be comfortable, especially since you spend the whole day wearing them. No matter how formal or informal your office is, the shoes that you wear can be appropriate, stylish, and comfortable. There’s no need to compromise.



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  2. "Office Shoes," The Blonde Salad, November 11, 2015.
  3. "The Best Office Shoes for Women," Bloomberg, April 23, 2012.
  4. "Work Shoes Every Woman Should Own," POPSUGAR, April 1, 2016.

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