May 17, 2013

Footie Friday :: Comfy Heels

Recently, a reader asked me about comfortable shoes for work. She has a corporate job, travels a lot, & wants to stay stylish! I've been her...and walking (or standing) all day in heels is a killer. Oftentimes you can stash some foldable flats in your tote, but usually you need a good pair of comfy+stylish+I'm the boss (at least I look like it) shoes to last the day.

Now there are 2 wardrobe essentials I tend to pay more for. Shoes+Handbags. I love designer, I love high quality leathers, & I love investment pieces. I've also had foot surgery on both feet, so I tend not to compromise on my shoes since my feet are already messed up. My favorite brands do cost more, but are more comfortable, last a long time, & look expensive. 
Here is a good place to start for low-mid heels for work::
Cole Haan Air Talia Wedge in nude $178 $129.90 on sale!
(A nude shoe is a MUST HAVE. Pair them with everything, plus patent leather is sophisticated & sleek)

Cole Haan Chelsea Low Pump in oxblood $298
(These also come a little higher heel "The Chelsea". The small platform makes them more comfortable for long wear, and the gorgeous color will pair back to a ton in your wardrobe)
Ecco Okoya Peep Toe Pump in Cobalt (or Black) $159.95
(The peep toe gives just little more casual vibe to these, and the heel is a bit thicker for more all-day comfort)
Clarks Purity Snow Wedge in Beige Snake $109.95 
(A wedge is by far the most comfortable heel to wear long term. The body weight is distributed across the entire bottom of the shoe as opposed to just the heel)
Geox Carey Pump in Aqua (+2 other options) $139.95
(These are low, almost not a "heel" at all, but do give a little lift. The bow looks upscale with the gold beads on the ties)
Sole Society Opal Bow Slingback in Cobalt or Jade $59.95 
(Again, a great detail with the bow, and low heel for comfort)
Sole Society Celine Bow Trim Heel in Red or Silver $59.95
(These are soooo very Ferragamo it's killing me. Totally a throwback look to my grandma, but super luxe for a super bargain)

Some things to remember when shopping (or shopping your closet) for work shoes:
Open Toe...When Seasonally Appropriate
Sling Back...YES
Ankle Straps...usually YES
Bows, Studs & Other Details...YES
Multi-Color, Perforated, & Skin Finishes ...usually YES
Wedges...YES unless the heel is cork or raffia
Platform...YES, but no more than 1", if that
Neon...NO (unless you work in a creative field)
Sandals...NO
Cork/Raffia heels...NO

Many of my "rules" may seem uber-conservative, but I'm just looking out for your best interest here...YOU be the judge. A professional job as a trainer at Microsoft does not require the dress code a sales rep for a major beer company does (I have clients that are both. Believe me, they don't dress the same!)
 
I've always been told to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Even though it's ok for you to wear jeans & sneakers to work doesn't mean you should. :)

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