You can never have too many shoes, especially since most people don’t have enough pairs to make the most of their wardrobe. I’m a shoe lover so I don’t fully understand why a lot of people only have a few pairs of shoes and those pairs are worn down to a nub. Seriously, they look really bad. The only thing I can gather from talking to such people is that they just don’t care and use them as total utilitarian objects.
The truth is, shoes/footwear can make or break your outfit. The wrong footwear can totally throw your outfit’s look off and make you look shorter, larger, too casual, older or frumpy. Think about if you’re wearing dress pants and you put on a pair of athletic shoes. There goes your professional image! Of course if you’re commuting and you want to save your dress shoes (and your feet), wearing a comfortable pair is appropriate as long as you change when you get to work.
Here are two pairs of shoes, one for women and one for men, that will work in most professional environments and cause your image of success and confidence to remain intact; or even create a higher level.
Ladies first; you probably thought I was going to choose a high heel style. Yes, moderately high heels are appropriate for the workplace but I know not all women want to wear high heels every single day (I don’t!). Sometimes you need to give your feet a break. These wool and leather oxfords are quite eye catching and look great with most pants, suits and some skirts and dresses. This shoe has a bit of a vintage feel done in a modern way.
Our men’s shoe is also an oxford made in Italy at a very reasonable price. The chestnut leather is eye catching without being over the top. The sole is rubber and is a little more rugged which is perfect for cold climate winters. No slipping in your future! The details make it a wingtip which can be worn in any office including the most conservative.
Both of these shoes will last and look great for several years if you take care of them which includes regular polishing and wiping the water, snow and salt off of them as soon as you walk in the door. Just keep a soft, clean cloth where you take your shoes off. Wiping them down should take about a minute total.
What are your favorite shoes for the workplace?
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