In Defense of the "Boring" Work Shoe



You know those pair of go-to pumps that are your tried and true? You know the ones I’m talking about. No matter what’s going on in the office, where your day may take you or whose office you may have to step into, you will pick them out of your closet day after day, time and time again. For some (amazing) women, that heel is pencil thin and sky high. I envy you and I applaud you because they are dynamic, make your legs look longer and make a statement when you walk into a room. But for me, what I need out of my ride or die heels have to include all the following characteristics:


Heel height between 3-3.5”

No platform


Let me say it one more time….


When I wear my work heels, confidence is key and the underlying factor to achieve confidence is comfort. Part of being prepared is being comfortable. Sure, when you look good, you feel good. Until you don’t feel good because your most important meeting of the month falls at 3:30pm on Thursday and you have been trucking through the office all morning wincing with pain. For me, it’s about making sure that I am able to make a statement while wearing them, not that they need to make a statement themselves. The first and last items in the list above are the most critical deciding factors, and in that, the options may not lend themselves to the “glam” work pump. I found these Giani Bernini Riylaa pump at Macy’s and what drew me to them was the memory foam on the entire insole. I gravitated toward them so quickly when I read those words and flagged a sales associate down ASAP to try them on. And let me tell you, they are as comfortable as they look (for better or worse)! The modern work pump is typically pointed toe to create longer leg lines and narrow the bottom half of the body, but I’ll be honest, a rounded toe box is just more comfortable. I LOVE my Nine West patent pointed toe heels and will be repurchasing for the third time, but there’s something about the classic rounded toe that I never have to worry about and look great with a pair of wide leg trousers.

They may not be the prettiest, the most glamorous, but a staple pair of work heels like these keep me going from boardroom to brunch, desk to dinner and beyond.


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