Shoes, shoes, shoes, shoes,shoes. I love shoes of all shapes and sizes. There’s no discrimination here. Shoes with a purpose are my absolute favourite and maybe this is why I chose to show my office heel collection first.
I work in quite a corporate environment with many men in suits and polished black shoes. Although I love working in this type of workplace, it could be quite boring if my day didn’t start with spending time on myself, choosing the perfect outfit for the day. In fact, the only thing I find more joy in at 6am is selecting the perfect shoe to accompany the outfit.
I don’t know what type of environment you work in but I think there are some general considerations that can be taken when choosing the appropriate shoe for work. (Disclaimer: I may have made one of these words up!):
Suitability: First and foremost, your shoe should be appropriate to the environment that you’re working in (although this shouldn’t limit your style). This doesn’t mean that your shoe choice needs to be boring but there are some shoes that won’t be appropriate in all situations. For example, open toes in the deep depths of winter when you have to trudge through the snow to get from the car to the door. Or a skyscraper heel with a 4 inch platform and silver diamante crystals. Though only a little over 5 foot myself, this shoe would not be appropriate for shuffling across the office floor. Similarly, if you spend your whole day standing, or running after children, you should consider your heel height more carefully. Though I may sound older than my years let me tell you- comfort is king!
Walkability: Very important! Ask yourself: can I walk in these shoes? I’ve stepped out of the house a number of times in a pair of heels that I could walk in so gracefully that I could have taken on Sandra Bullock’s role in Miss Congeniality. However, walking on the cushiony carpet of your bedroom is very different to trying to make your way across the office hallways that could be used as an ice rink after hours. I remember wearing a truly stunning pair of high court shoes to work in my first week of joining the company. I teetered around, having to take three small steps to a normal person’s one. I really couldn’t walk in them. It was quite embarrassing really. Especially when I had to ban myself from going to the bathroom for fear of staring in my very own version of Bambi on Ice right in the middle of the office!
A little tip to look out for- if you’re new to wearing high heels then choose a shoe with an ankle strap. This will help to support your ankles throughout the day and make sure that your foot stays comfortably in the shoe.
Personality: Though there are some sensible considerations to be made when choosing the perfect shoe, don’t be limited by what you think you should be wearing in the office. Why not take a step out? (No pun intended). My favourite pair of ‘out there’ shoes are my bright blue heels from M&S. I held onto these, not brave enough to wear them into the office for a while, before daring to be different and wearing something that was sure to turn heads. These are the shoes that I have had the most compliments from and I really do enjoy spending the day in them. They always brighten up a black skirt or trouser set and can be used to venture out of the office and into the evening for after work socialising.