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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.
There have been so many boot styles lately that it kind of makes one’s head spin — block heel boots! sock boots! shooties! lace-up boots! Chelsea boots! Western style boots! — so we haven’t gone on a Hunt for a while for boots. Still, there are a ton of these very sleek, professional-looking stiletto booties right now — so let’s take a look at what’s out there on the market. (Looking for flat ankle boots for work? Just a few months ago we did a roundup of flat and low-heeled options…)
Stylish High Heeled Boots for Work
Heeled Boots for Work Outfits
As of 2024, some of our favorite general boots for work outfits include the ones below…
Kitten Heel Boots for Work
Our latest favorite affordable kitten-heeled boots in 2024 include those from Madewell, J.Crew, and Dolce Vita; for more expensive brands check The Row and Totême. (These AGL ones are a bit high, but might also fit if you’re on the hunt.)
Knee-High Heeled Boots
As of 2024, knee-high boots with a heel may be making a comeback — some of the best-looking options include these from J.Crew, Everlane, Veronica Beard and Stuart Weitzman. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to try the style, check out these boots at Loft, or these boots at Amazon, both under $100.
A Closer Look at Stylish High Heeled Boots for Work
These Stevie boots from J.Crew have been around for a few years now and I really like them — they have a sleek look but they look very comfortable.
Marc Fisher LTD
Other High-Heeled Shoes to Wear to Work
The Most Comfortable Heels for Work
The Best Strappy Heels for Work
As of 2024, these are our latest favorite strappy heels for work (below) — also check the brands J.Crew, Valentino, Tamara Mellon, and Jennifer Chamandi for strappy pumps. If you’re looking for strappy commuting shoes with heels to maintain a hem length, we recommend Dansko or Fly London.
The Best Shooties for Work
As of 2024, shooties, aka shoe booties, are not terribly in right now… if you’re looking for a heeled version you can still find these stacked shooties from Gentle Souls, as well as a lot of affordable options from Lifestride. You may also want to consider a heeled oxford (like this, this, or this) or a heeled loafer, or some of our favorite strappy pumps… our latest favorite shooties, from the very small selection out there, are below…
Like this feature? Check out other recent installments! Looking for older versions of this roundup of boots for work? Here’s 2018 (flat boots), 2017 (boots to wear with tights), 2016, 2015, 2010, and 2009 (yikes).
Stock photo via Pexels / Ahmet Olgun.