Last updated on February 14th, 2017 at 03:48 pm
When it comes to finding the right shoes for the office it can be a tricky business to know what is appropriate and what is going to keep your feet comfy all day. With so many different styles, colours and textures out there it’s easy to get bogged down, however we have put together our ultimate guide for both you men and women on choosing the right footwear for the right job. So whether you want to revamp your work wardrobe, have an interview coming up or just looking for some style tips, we have it all covered…
How To Choose Work Shoes
So how do you choose your shoes for work? How you dress and carry yourself can have a big impact on how people perceive you, so dressing appropriately for work is essential and that includes your footwear. For example a pair of classic heels in black or nude really adds an elegant touch to your office look whilst platform heel shoes might give the wrong impression, you’re not going on a night out after all, subtlety is key to your work look and a pair of heels can really make you stand out and come across as a confident woman. Again for you men, a pair of stylish brogue shoes will give the impression you mean business and they look super sleek styled with a suit or tailored trousers and a shirt, however wearing canvas shoes to the office may give the impression you are too relaxed and casual, again it’s the little details that make all the difference to your overall look.
Nowadays many offices have a smart-casual approach so there is more choice than ever before when it comes to your footwear. Men can get away with slip on styles and even coloured lace ups, these look great with tailored trousers or even coloured chinos. For women the choices are endless, there are ballerinas, loafers and moccasins to choose from and that’s before we even get to the boots! Always take into account what the look is in your workplace and if they have a smart policy stick to it.
If you have an interview for a new job then picking out the right outfit is very important, that includes the footwear that you choose. It’s always a good idea to go for a smart look however injecting a bit of your own personality and style into your outfit will show you are a confident individual. A pair of smart heels or ballerinas are a safe choice for women however say it is a creative role you are going for then injecting a pop of colour into your look with your shoes will show your creative streak. For men a pair of smart brogue shoes or a classic lace up style in black or brown will make the right impression on your future employer.
There are a few key points to take into account when you are choosing your work shoes. Probably the most important thing to remember is that you need your work shoes to be comfortable; we are at work for a long time each day and some of us will spend that entire time on our feet so keeping any aches and pains at bay is crucial. Secondly you might want a slicker look for an important meeting so invest in a couple of pairs of very smart shoes for your working wardrobe. Don’t forget to shop around and maybe spend a little more than usual on a pair you know is going to last, for example leather shoes, you are wearing them for a long time so they have got to be durable.
Office Shoes For Women
There is such a huge choice for women when it comes to picking footwear for work. If you are after a smart look then choose a pair of court shoes or style a pair of pretty ballerinas into your look. If you want an edgy individual touch to your working wardrobe brogues and loafers with tassel and fringed detailing are perfect for dressing up or down. Once the colder weather rolls around it’s time to dig out those stylish long leg boots or cute and comfy ankle boots.
There are some styles that could be thought of as being inappropriate for work, for example peep toe shoes are often worn for special occasions or evenings out, however come the Summer a pair of peep toe sandals can really help keep feet cool and comfortable. As we mentioned before platform heeled shoes are probably a bit too high for work, they will be extremely tough on your feet if you wear them all day and a pair of court shoes would be a more suitable alternative. Another alternative to platforms are wedges.
Now, patent wedge shoes in black or nude will add an elegant touch to your work skirt or trousers while a bright pair such as red adds a bold, eye-catching touch. Trainers are an obvious inappropriate style to wear; they are far too casual for an office look and would not look right with your smart attire, so leave them for the weekend. Be careful when it comes to Summer sandals too, while pretty toe posts and gladiator sandals add a fashionable twist to your office look, flip flops and jelly sandals might be a little too casual for the office, so save these styles for your holidays.
The working day for most of us is as long as eight hours so a pair of shoes that will keep feet as comfortable as possible is a must. Remember, you don’t have to wear a pair of heels to create a smart office look. Choosing a pair of flat ballerinas can be just as smart and they are most definitely not boring! Choose pretty detailing to add an interesting twist to your look. Choose from diamantes, lace or pretty bows to edgy studs and tassels. Come the warmer months swap your black ballerinas for different shades such as blush pink, white and nude. Don’t forget that when the weather warms up it is perfectly acceptable to wear open toe or open back shoes to keep feet comfortable and cool.
Office Shoes For Men
The choice of men’s work shoes is not as big as the ladies so it might be tougher on you guys to choose a pair you feel comfortable in. Here at Shoe Zone we have a fantastic range of cheap men’s shoes that not only look super smart but they will keep your feet comfortable through the day. Here’s our own men’s office shoe guide…
A classic pair of brogue shoes is an essential for any man’s wardrobe, these will not only bring a smart, sleek finishing touch to your office look but they will last you too, brogues are well known for being durable as well as comfy. Mix things up a bit and choose a pair with a lot of detailing or a different colour such as tan or brown, there are so many different styles out there nowadays that they have had a bit of fashion revival. For an important meeting or a job interview these really will make the right impression.
If your office has a bit more of a relaxed approach to what you wear then a pair of slip on shoes will look fantastic with your smart trousers and shirt. Choose a pair with stitch detailing to add a bit of character or change things up by playing with colours and textures. Slip on shoes really are super comfy, so much so you could wear these straight from the office to a night out.
If you’re looking for something a bit more casual then a pair of coloured lace casual shoes will look great teamed with chinos and a fine knit jumper. Choose muted colours such as khaki and brown as to not bring too much attention to your footwear, for those of you who are on their feet a lot or walk to and from work these easy on the feet shoes could be the ones for you.
Once Summer makes an appearance and the temperature heats up wearing a stuffy pair of shoes is not ideal. If you are not able to get away with a pair of sandals then a pair of boat shoes not only look smart but they will keep your feet cool on those hot days, just remember to choose neutral colours to fit in with the office look.
The main things to remember are to shop around a bit, try on a few pairs and see what works best for you, take into account how much time you will spend on your feet and what impression you want to make on not only your colleagues but your boss too. A good pair of durable, leather shoes will see you right for months on end. Also take into account what shoes you can wear for all seasons, you don’t want to get caught out by the weather.
There are obviously some styles that are best left out of the office so save the trainers and trainer shoes for the weekends with family and friends, these are just too casual for the workplace, again be careful with canvas shoes, while some do look smart with coloured chinos they are not really thought of as office shoes and once Summer finally arrives, leave the flip flops in the holiday suitcase, they are just not a smart style.
Work Shoes-: Profession Specific
Not all of us out there are lucky enough to be able to wear what we want to work, some professions have a specific uniform and therefore footwear they have to adhere to. We have put together some ideas for those of you who fall into this category on what footwear would help keep your feet as comfy as possible.
Shoes To Work Standing Up All Day
Standing up all day in the wrong footwear will eventually take its toll on your poor feet, so getting the correct footwear now will make all the difference and make your working day a little easier.
A simple slip on smart shoe will work well for both men and women, these might not always be the most attractive of shoes but your feet will thank you for it in the long run. They normally come with a padded insole, which is great for giving maximum comfort leaving you to get on with your working day. If you are after something a bit more fashionable then a pair of loafers will not only keep feet comfy but they look super stylish too.
Choose a style in a different colour such as burgundy or tan, why not play with eye-catching details such as tassels and studs, for both men and women these can be dressed up or down depending on your working environment. If you find yourself running around all day without five minutes to sit down then maybe a pair of walking shoes could be the answer, designed to withstand vigorous walking they are perfectly made for feet that are constantly on the go, they could be answer to your aches and pains and with smarter walking shoes now on the market, they wouldn’t look out of place in a work environment.
Shoes to Work in a Hospital
Working in a hospital can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there but for your poor feet it can be extremely tiring, however fear not, there is a huge selection of shoes out there to make the working day that little easier. Sporty pumps with a mesh covering are super lightweight meaning you can run around all day if needs be and not suffer with painful feet as they really are designed to give maximum comfort. Super comfy and light, the mesh material will really help keep your feet cool when the temperature rises. Choose from a range of colours to add a little personal touch to your uniform.
If it’s something a bit studier you are after, again a black casual loafer could be the answer, choose a pair in black with a Velcro fastening to help you get them on and off quickly. Once Summer arrives and the temperature soars, swap them over for a pair of moulded clogs, by picking a pair with an ankle strap they will be secure on your feet. These are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping feet and being made from plastic are easy to wipe clean.
Shoes to Work in Retail
After a busy day on your feet in a demanding retail environment, there is going to be nothing better than getting home and putting your feet up. To make busy work life a little less demanding on feet we have some footwear ideas to help.
Working in retail you are first point of call for customers so looking smart is an absolute must. You can’t go wrong in a pair of simple ballerinas in black to go with your uniform, if you want an individual touch choose styles with pretty diamante and jewel detailing. For you men a pair of lace up shoes will do the trick of keeping you looking smart, choose a pair in black as it really does go with any colour. If you do find that you are getting aches and pains in your feet from standing all day, simply pop in some padded insoles or gel pads to soothe your feet and provide even more comfort.
Shoes to Work in a Kitchen
A busy kitchen can be hot, stressful and demanding so the right uniform and shoes need to keep you cool and comfortable whilst you crack on and get the job done.
There can be many spillages in a kitchen so wipe clean footwear is always going to be a good idea. Loafers will not only keep feet cool and safe but they are super easy to wipe, their padded insole and comfortable sole will also help in keeping away the aches and pains of being on your feet all day.
A sporty pump come the Summer will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe, made from lightweight, mesh materials, these will be easy on your feet whilst working hard to cool them down. Working with hot food, it’s important that your shoes are secure and not able to fall off your feet, so take the time to find a pair that fits well.
Shoes to Work in a Restaurant
We know that working as a waiter or waitress can be one of the toughest jobs out there, being on your feet for your entire shift can be exhausting so the right footwear is imperative. While heels and court shoes look fantastic and sophisticated they are not the type of shoe you want to be wearing for hours on end, your feet will not thank you for it!
A court shoe with a little, chunky heel would be a great alternative as there is more support in a chunkier heel. If you really can’t bear the thought of wearing heels then choose a pointed toe ballerina shoe, these look super elegant and smart, adding that final flourish to your look. For all you men that are rushing around a pair of comfortable slip on shoes or loafers will do the job for those busy days rushing around on your feet all day. If it is a more relaxed atmosphere you might even be able to get away with a black sporty shoe, it all depends on your work requirements.
So there we have it, our top work shoes to get you through those busy days in comfort. So whether you’re working in a busy office, demanding caring environment or even a hot kitchen we have the footwear for you. Remember that comfort is absolutely key so a pair of good fitting shoes is essential, if you don’t want to sacrifice your own personal style, look for shoes with interesting detailing, colours and textures. Shop around and try on a few pairs until you find the shoes you want.