Work shoes are an incredibly important of your daily ensemble, even if your job doesn’t require that you spend a lot of time on your feet every single day. If it does, then your shoe selection is even more important, as some office environments or positions might require a little more (or a lot more) standing- and walking-oriented activity than others. No matter what you do at work, though, it’s very important that you pick out the right shoes so that your feet aren’t killing you at the end of the day. What’s more is that wearing the wrong shoes to work — especially if you do it on a regular basis and don’t take any action to correct the situation over a long period of time — can result in some serious discomfort, back problems, and worse. Your shoes are important for more than just making your feet feel comfortable, but this is not to minimize the importance of comfortable feet by any stretch of the imagination. Whether you’re walking around a lot or not, you’ve got to have the right shoes for your job, and not having them can result in some pretty serious misery. Whether you’re a man or a lady, we’ll talk about how you can pick out the best shoes for work. This way, you’ll be able to cover the two most important bases: looking right so that you fit in with the dress code where you work, and feeling right so that you don’t feel like your legs are made out of lead at the end of the day.
First, we’ll cover style. No matter where you work, you want to make sure you’re wearing the right kind of accoutrement. Different offices employ different dress codes, and they usually fall into one of two camps. Your office probably employs either a business/office formal dress code, or you enjoy a more relaxed code that might be referred to as “dressy casual.”
For men, if your office follows a more formal dress code, then you want to go with a shoe that’s as comfortable as it is classy. You can pick a variety of shoe types — oxfords, loafers, and slip-on type shoes are probably the most popular for men in the office. Most men prefer their shoes kept nice and simple, and these different styles can help you achieve the look you want. An oxford is a more classic and refined shoe, and will have your outfit looking a bit more classy and proper. If you’re in a more relaxed atmosphere, your options are considerably wider. You can go with something as casual as a nice slip-on, or some penny loafers to hit that comfy middle ground.
Women also have some options in terms of their footwear when they’re heading to work. If your office is more formal, heels are probably a good idea, and you want a shoe that’s going to look a little more dressy. Something with a good shine is recommended here. For more casual office, you can go with anything from flats to smaller heels, so long as it matches your outfit. There are a ton of different shoe styles you can pull off at work, so long as you don’t resign yourself to wearing slippers to the office.