What are your opinions on colored shoes for the office, specifically metallics? My first thought would be definitely not. I am thinking in particular of a pair I have that are silver… and they are the reason I am asking. The silver color is the only reason I wouldn’t be able to wear them in a professional setting. Otherwise, they are a conservative heel, closed-toe T-strap and in perfect condition. Darling on! But I wasn’t sure if the silver color would scream “too much!” What do you think?
Great question, Reader M! We’ve talked about showing personality at the office, when conservatism should trump fashion, and even metallic shoes before, but not in a while. (Pictured: Kate Spade New York “Licorice Too” Pump, available at Nordstrom for $328).
a) I love colored shoes for the office. Personally I’m a huge fan of purple pumps, and I think that stripes and colorful details (like striped heels and contrasting straps) can be fun but also professional.
b) That said, you have to realize that shiny metallic shoes — even in a conservative pump — are statement shoes. Some people will like them, and some people really won’t. So for my $.02, you really not only have to know your office but know your situation as well. That is: I would not wear shiny silver or metallic shoes to any big meetings, on interviews, or other Big Events.
c) Note that there is a spectrum here. For example: these Cole Haans (on sale at 6pm for $194.99 (was $298)) have bronze accents but are not shiny bronze shoes. I think a muted pewter, or a crackled gray with some silver flecks in it, are much more wearable than an all-silver, shiny shoe.
Readers, what are your thoughts? Are shiny metallic shoes so trendy right now that you wouldn’t blink an eye to see them at the office? Or do they fall into the realm of disco/party shoes — acceptable only after work?
Update: The Cole Haan pumps with bronze accents have been reduced again, to $164.99!