If women's work shoes conjure up impractical images of teetering stilettos or old-fashioned court shoes, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Nowadays, with the relaxing of office dress codes (even banks like J.P. Morgan do casual Fridays now), options have diversified – liberating us in the process.
While rocking up in trainers might not be feasible for more corporate jobs, there is a happy medium. This season we're witnessing a renaissance of the flat: '90s-inspired loafers, Oxford shoes and even the long-dismissed ballet pump. Still, if it's height that you're after, you don’t need to ditch your heels due to a long commute or standing desk. Block styles and boots can look just as smart, elevating your outfit without compromising on comfort.
What's more, with trouser suits and tailoring entering the casualwear realm, you won't have to save these shoes for Monday morning. We've rounded up 10 of the best women's work shoes that will look just as good on the weekend as they do during 9-5.
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The reality is, thanks to relaxing work dress codes, most of you have probably been wearing trainers to the office for the past few years. It’s all too easy to let smart-casual looks slip into sloppy territory though. The rules? Wear only white – but always keep it clean – and opt for simple, minimalist silhouettes that will complement tailoring. Boden’s Classic design is made from leather and comes with a striped heel tab (other options include snake- or leopard-print accents) for a playful but subtle hint of colour.
Classic leather trainers, approx. RM389.65, Boden