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What shoe brands do you find the most comfortable for work outfits? Especially since some of the old favorite brands seem to be dead, dying, or with very limited options for workwear — let’s discuss. (Especially since workwear styles and office dress codes are changing!)
My guess is most people are going to vote for washable flats like Rothy’s or Birdies — comfortable, for sure! — but I’m particularly curious to hear from the people in more conservative offices. What are your favorite comfortable shoe brands for work outfits? If you’re literally wearing sneakers to work, what are the rules around sneakers as you’ve observed them? (For example, would you consider a sneaker with a white sole acceptable for a regular day at the office, such as these popular oxfords or these popular slipons?)
Some of the brands we’ve called out in the past for their extraordinary comfort include Clarks, Børn, Sofft, Stuart Weitzman, Salvatore Ferragamo, Naturalizer, Aerosoles, Rockport, Geox, Arche, AGL, Munro, Cole Haan, Eileen Fisher, Beautifeel, Earthies, Trotters, VANELi, Bella Vita , Vionic, and Lifestride.
A few of our roundups from previous posts are below…
Note that a round toe isn’t going to look the best with a lot of new work outfits — but they’re still comfortable, and in a conservative office will still be seen as “appropriate.”
Low Heels (Under 2″)
Some Black Heels from “Comfort Brands”
Note that this roundup of heels is from the notorious “comfort brands” — but there are obviously a ton of brands that many women find comfortable that are not included here.
In general, check out brands like Clarks, Naturalizer, Trotters, Cole Haan, Vionic, and Lifestride if you’re seeking affordable, stylish comfort heels! If you definitely want a stable base, check out brands like FLY London, Dansko, Eileen Fisher, Børn — they’re great as commuting heels (because you can maintain height for pants hemmed for heels), but they may also be just the ticket if you want something more comfortable.
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