The votes have been counted, and the decision is unanimous: The very best and most comfortable shoes to wear to work are favoured by every single woman in our office. Maybe you wear them too. Maybe you’ve been searching for this holy grail your entire life. Maybe we’re here to offer you the nicest versions for your workwear wardrobe in 2018. Maybe? Maybe? Definitely!
Our in-depth research (i.e., asking the Who What Wear team) concluded that a midi block heel is best (a little elevation but without the wobble of a kitten heel), especially when rendered in suede (softest on your feet) with some sort of ankle or Mary Jane strap (to keep your feet cosy and in place)—the triumvirate of successful work shoes.
It'll come as no surprise that there's been a rise in this “day heel” in the retail sector: They started to filter into the mainstream when Céline introduced glove pumps, Valentino debuted the Tango (I bought a pair in red) and cult footwear brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh (yep, bought some red suede sandals) and Martiniano picked up industry approval. Such was the sell-through rate that designers finally started to offer more within this once-overlooked realm.
Lisa Says Gah
I always look to e-commerce site Lisa Says Gah for cool midis.
I can recall spending the first few years of my fashion career desperately seeking them to no avail—my early days were when fierce heels ruled and nothing was complete without a platform. As soon as more became available I bulk bought, and continue to do so, often finding a style that suits and is comfortable and then snapping them up in different colourways.
Everyone in our office wants a pair of these.
For the more adventurous workdays.
These have a beautifully retro vibe to them—very cool with true-blue jeans.
Business at the front, party at the back.
Rude not to buy these when they're on sale.
A love-forever pair you'll wear so much.
The subtle blue here is really doing it for us.
My current frontrunner.
These are spectacular quality.
Shipping from this U.S. website might incur import tax—so please look out when ordering.
Plain-but-different pumps that work with everything.
If you're not bothered about faux suede, these are the #1 option.
Leg-lengthening without a crazy-high heel.
Well, that definitely helps on the what-to-buy-for-work front.