Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
We haven’t done a Hunt on stylish booties for the office in a while, so let’s discuss, ladies. What are your favorite booties for work? There are so many options out there right now — sock booties! booties with block heels! Western booties! sleek stiletto heels! Booties that come up to mid-calf; booties that stop at the ankle. So do tell — how many pairs of booties do you have in your wardrobe right now? Which ones do you wear with skirts and dresses, which with pants? Which ones are the most comfortable; which ones aren’t but are worth the pain? (Do you commute in booties or, like many, prefer knee-high boots for your commute?)
(Two related stories of note: I think you’re A-OK to wear booties in January, but you as spring approaches you may want to check out our last discussion on when to STOP wearing booties and tights in a seasonal sense, as well as what boots to wear with tights to work…)
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First, some general categories to round up of stylish booties for the office:
- Hall of Famers (specific styles that have stood the test of time): Alexander Wang, Blondo, Marc Fisher LTD, Rag & Bone, Aquatalia
- Under $150: 1901, Naturalizer, Blondo, Treasure & Bond, Franco Sarto
- Extended widths (AA, C, W): Weitzman (M W), Dolce Vita (M W), Vaneli (N M W), David Tate (AA-EE)
- Extended sizes (4-13): Stuart Weitzman (4-12), Ecco (35-42), Dolce Vita (6-13), Vaneli (4-12), David Tate (6-13)
- Waterproof: Aquatalia, Børn, Blondo, La Canadienne
- Comfort: Taryn Rose, AGL, Eileen Fisher, Cole Haan, Naturalizer, Munro (don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels!)
I’m a fan of Franco Sarto in general for comfortable but stylish heels, so I’m not surprised by the high ratings these boots are getting at DSW — but I am at the price. They’re $89! Nice. They’re available in sizes 6–11, in black, brown, and a pretty burgundy croc print.
I don’t think the 1901 shoe line has been around for very long, but I keep seeing shoes with great ratings — including these $129 boots with cap toes and walkable block heels. I like! They come in sizes 5–10 at Nordstrom.
Sock booties for work: yea or nay? The Glove Boot is a bestseller at Everlane (now in 6 colors!) and at $155 is pretty affordable; it comes in sizes 5–11. Along similar lines, these knit booties from Via Spiga ($206) are bestsellers at Bloomingdale’s, and M.M.LaFleur also offers both a stiletto and block heel in a 3D knit (but for closer to $400). If you’re looking for a super low, walkable heel and a knit bootie, these Eileen Fisher ones from Nordstrom have a great rating.
We’ve featured these Sam Edelman boots before, and they’re bestsellers at both Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, with tons of colors and sizes (Bloomingdale’s still has the matte leather if you don’t like the suede). They’re available in sizes 5–11, with some colors as low as $111.
These higher heeled booties from Marc Fisher LTD are catching up with their lower-heeled, uber popular sister shoe — I like the super walkable block heel but the sleek, sophisticated look with the tall bootie. They come in a ton of different colors and prints, available in sizes 5–11 in most for $199-$219.
These 2″ heels from Ann Taylor look great with both skirts and pants; I particularly like the slightly wider bit at the top and the tassel detail. They’re regularly $228 (available in sizes 5–11, black and brown). Along similar lines, this more Western bootie from Sam Edelman also has a tassel detail and is highly rated.
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