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Walking in Style: Must-Have Office Shoes for Women

Vivien Lauren model in ankle strap heels sitting on a private jet
Designs by Vivien Lauren

The world of fashion is ever-evolving, and office shoes for women are no exception. A stylish pair of office shoes not only complements your professional attire but also boosts your confidence. However, striking the right balance between style and comfort can be challenging. This blog post aims to guide you through the must-have office shoes that offer both style and comfort.

1. The Classic Black Pumps

When it comes to office shoes, nothing beats the classic black pumps. They are a staple in every working woman's wardrobe due to their versatility and elegance. Black pumps can be paired with almost any outfit, from a power suit to a pencil skirt or even a pair of tailored pants. They offer an air of sophistication and authority that is perfect for the corporate environment.

Classic black office heels by Vivien Lauren

Apart from their timeless appeal, black pumps are also designed with comfort in mind. Many brands offer cushioned foot-beds and non-slip soles to ensure you can walk around the office or stand during presentations without discomfort.

2. Stylish Loafers

Loafers have made a significant comeback in recent years as one of the must-have office shoes for women. They provide an excellent blend of style and comfort that is ideal for long working hours. Loafers come in various designs, including tassel loafers, penny loafers, and slip-on loafers, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

One advantage of loafers is their versatility; they can be paired with both formal and casual outfits. Whether you're wearing a business suit or jeans on casual Fridays, loafers will add a touch of class to your ensemble.

3. Chic Ballet Flats

Chic ballet flat shoes designed by Vivien Lauren

Ballet flats are another essential addition to your collection of office shoes. They offer an unparalleled level of comfort while maintaining an elegant appearance. Ballet flats come in numerous designs and colors, allowing you to match them with different outfits.

Ballet flats are a perfect choice for those days when you have to be on your feet for extended periods. They provide excellent support and cushioning, reducing the risk of foot pain and discomfort. Despite their comfort, ballet flats do not compromise on style, making them a popular choice among working women.

Everybody has their own different type of office set up - you might work in a shop for instance, hospital, where there is a lot of walking, or just aren't comfortable spending all them hours in heels. Nowadays also the home is the new office set up, chic ballet flats are your solution.

Audrey Hepburn is known for having made flats elegant, in the days where women were simply expected to be in heels to look smart. She broke that glass ceiling to high end fashionable looks by pairing up ballet flats with lovely outfits. And boy did she look good! To this day no one can argue with a lovely pair of ballet flats to compliment the chic look.

4. Elegant Block Heels

If you're looking for office shoes that offer both height and comfort, block heels are the way to go. Unlike stilettos, block heels provide better stability and support due to their wider base. This makes them an excellent choice for women who want to add a few inches to their height without sacrificing comfort.

Block heels come in various designs and heights, from low block heels for everyday wear to high block heels for special occasions or meetings. They can be paired with almost any outfit, adding an element of sophistication and style.

5. The ankle Strap heel

This shoe will always look beautiful and fit any occasion, it is not just for office wear. Apart from the fact that it elevates the elegance of your feet, by accentuating that ankle line, it is a heel that always talks sophistication! I mean you can put on those strap ankles in the office, for a cocktail party, dinner dance, or wedding party and never look under dressed, or over dressed.

6. Peep toe heel

Lady wearing Peep Toe Heels in Office Building
Designs by Vivien Lauren

These have been a staple in women's fashion for decades, offering a sophisticated and stylish alternative to fully enclosed shoes. These shoes, which feature a small cutout at the toe to reveal a glimpse of the foot, add a playful and feminine touch to any outfit.

7. Mule Heeled Shoes

It is much like the peep toe heel in reverse isn't it? But the comfort of mule shoes can never be overstated. Especially in the warmer months.

There is nothing pushing your feet forward from behind this leaves your feet feeling always relaxed. If you opt for a slight block heel and less pointy at the front, you are made!

Mann, you can walk in those things for hours! Perfect not only for the office but for that girl's day out shopping, you can top it all off with a dinner date, or movie night, without even thinking you need to change your shoes.

8. Now, let's talk winter boots for the office

As the weather turns colder, your shoes need to keep up. A pair of elegant winter boots can transform your professional look into something suitable for braving the elements. Opt for a boot with a low to mid-height, a sleek silhouette, and a sturdy sole for both style and functionality. Look for suede or leather in classic colors like black, brown, or beige for a sophisticated finish.

Lady in Elegant winter boots and Leather Coat by Vivien Lauren
Designs copyrighted by Vivien Lauren

6. The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Elegant Office Shoes

So what then is the ultimate guide to choosing office shoes?

Consider Your Workplace Culture:

Really? Nahhh. Bad myth! Some would say, before shopping, assess your office's dress code. While some firms allow more creative expression, others have strict guidelines. Stick to classic, conservative styles if your workplace is more traditional.

Or should we be saying this? Keeping in mind that fashion has now long been embraced to be about self expression and self-identity, choose what brings out your confidence.

If you worked in an Engineering firm for instance, where at times women are hit by the stigma that female Engineers do not dress up or do not dress well, this is nothing but a myth! Well, girl, ain't nothin' wrong with layin' a hold of your statement elegant heels, and leavin' them safety shoes for when you need to hit the shop floor.

Dress for yourself, functionality, and not for others - Elegant style will never let you down, apart from being a self confidence booster, it will defintely always draw those envious eyes toward you, and they cannot but compliment.

Quality Over Quantity:

Invest in well-made shoes that will last for seasons to come. Look for leather uppers, good arch support, and a comfortable insole.

Comfort is Key:

Even the most elegant shoes should feel good on your feet. Break in new pairs before wearing them to important events, and consider adding insoles for extra cushioning.

Mix and Match:

Don't limit yourself to just one type of shoe. A well-rounded collection includes pumps, flats, and a pair of elegant winter boots for colder months.

Accessories Matter:

Finish off your look with coordinating accessories like a structured handbag, classic watch, or timeless jewelry. These small details elevate your shoes to a whole new level of elegance.

With these tips and the perfect pair of shoes, you'll be ready to take on the office in style, no matter the season. From classic pumps to chic winter boots, investing in elegant office shoes is the ultimate way to complete your professional wardrobe.


Choosing the right office shoes is crucial in creating a professional image while ensuring your comfort throughout the day. The classic black pumps, stylish loafers, chic ballet flats, and elegant block heels are must-have office shoes that offer both style and comfort.

Remember that while style is important, your comfort, and self expression in style need never be compromised. Choose office shoes that fit well and provide good support. After all, nothing exudes confidence more than a woman who walks comfortably in her hot shoes.

In conclusion, investing in quality office shoes is not only beneficial for your foot health but also boosts your confidence at work. So ladies, it's time to step up your shoe game and walk in style!

This article has been written for Vivien Lauren by Sammy.


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