Most women will have, on an average, more than 20 pairs of shoes and they wear at most 3 pairs in a week. Some shoes are always on repeat, and some never see the light of day.

But the right pair of shoes can make all the difference when it comes to looking put-together and stylish.

No matter what one’s wardrobe costs, if paired with quality shoes, everything looks high quality.

Here are 7 must-have shoes for professional women that’ll make sure you always look polished and feel confident every day.

And remember, you don’t need to wear the highest of heels, wear what’s comfortable for you. You should be able to walk in them, so it’s important you invest in good quality footwear. Look for cushioned soles or alternately add gel soles for added comfort. Opt for kitten heels and if you absolutely cannot wear heels, go for flats with pointed toe and add an extra layer of soles underneath. The soles will give the much-needed support and also provide a slight lift.

1. BLACK PUMPS

Classic and versatile, these will go with almost all outfits from casual jeans to formal suits to dresses. Pointed toes tend to elongate your legs (but refrain from the extreme pointed toe that makes your toes appear unnaturally long). Excellent with darker hues but also great with earthy tones for that elegant look.

2. NUDE PUMPS

Another classic pair, great with lighter shades and tonal palette outfits. Nude pumps also help elongate your silhouette as they create an uninterrupted visual line, especially when your legs are more visible when wearing dresses or skirts. Opt for pointed toe to keep the silhouette appearing taller.

Essential shoes for working women
Buying Options: Black Pumps: SOPHIA WEBSTER £250 | Nude Pumps: L.K. Bennett £195

3. POINTED TOE FLATS

These are great for all-day comfort and for those who have to walk around a lot for work from place to place or floor to floor. I recommend pointed toe, especially for shorter women, as it brings elongation to the legs and creates a taller silhouette, but if you’re blessed in the height department, you can go for almond or round toe. Great to have a classic black pair but you can also opt for a pattern like a leopard print (neutral) or zebra stripes (b & w) that will make a monochromatic outfit look stylish and considered.

4. THE STATEMENT SHOE

The shoe that will make an otherwise ordinary outfit look incredibly stylish. This can either be a pair of evening sandals or pumps- based on what you’ll wear more. The design will depend on your personal taste, but it should be something that will stand out. A pointed toe and a heel are recommended for maximum impact. This doesn’t mean that you need to go all crazy. It can be as simple as a pair of metallic gold pumps, and that may be statement-y enough for you. Or it can be something with a bit more embellishment/lace/bows/crystals. Wear it to work with a slim trouser or with denim to look chic in a high-low style contrast.

Essential shoes for working women
Buying Options: Black Flats: WTR £110 | Leopard Print: ZARA £39.99 | Statement Shoe: REISS £175 | MANOLO BLAHNIK £775 

5. LOAFERS/OXFORDS

These are great if you tend to be on your feet a lot. Also, a nice change from the usual flats. Sometimes, you need something easy to slip-on that still looks stylish and feels comfortable. Oxfords are menswear-inspired and not only look great with trousers/jeans but also with skirts when styled right. You can have either or both, just make sure that whatever you choose will go with most of your wardrobe. If in doubt, go for loafers.

6. ANKLE BOOTS

Something like a Chelsea boot or similar style with slight block heels are ideal as these will work with a variety of outfits, especially great for winter. Depending on the climate where you live, you may also have a pair of tall boots for added warmth on chilly days. I’d recommend buying the classic black colour first no matter the length you go for, and if you find yourself wearing these a lot, you can go for a dark tan colour. Although, keep in mind that the lighter the shade, the more casual you’ll look.

7. WHITE SNEAKERS

A no brainer, these are comfortable and will always be needed for when you’re running errands. Or you may simply want a sportier look. A current trend is to wear sneakers with trouser suits and dresses/skirts- totally up to you to give it a go; I encourage you to do, as you wouldn’t know if it’s your style until you try it.

Essential shoes for working women
Buying Options: Loafers: & OTHER STORIES £79 | Oxfords: VAGABOND £85 | Chelsea Boots: & OTHER STORIES £110 | Sneakers: AXEL ARIGATO £160

With these 7 essential shoes in your shoedrobe, you can rest assured that you’ll always have a shoe that completes your outfit and makes you look professional, stylish and ready to take on the day!

 

Do you have a shoe that has been your go-to footwear with most of your outfits?

Let me know in the comments below.

Read more about wardrobe essentials or the trick to looking good all the time.

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