Shopping for formal shoes is pretty much like living out your own romantic comedy, except, instead of love, you’re in pursuit of the right shoe. And if there’s anything that popular movies have taught us, it’s that the search for Mr Right could be extremely difficult and the same goes for formal shoes for women.
It’s a known fact that an educated customer is a happy customer. Pumps, sandals, boots…Sometimes it is very difficult to not get lost in the variety of women’s shoes out there.
So before you type buy designer shoes online in your search engine, let’s walk through a few tips that will help you get the perfect formal shoes for yourself:
You are going to be at work all day long, for a minimum of eight hours, and if you are working overtime or work in management, for longer than that. The 40-hour workweek is hard enough on your feet without adding more hours to it.
No pointy-toed office shoes
Though they are infinitely on the more attractive side, you might want to avoid them or go for a wider pointy toe in order to decrease the chances of developing painful bunions and neuromas. You do not want to be cutting off the space of your toes, nor place added pressure on them.
Closed-back office shoe is probably your best bet
Since there is too much grip happening otherwise, with foot tension the least of your worries. Straps that keep the shoe attached are best under other circumstances, but it might also cause pain if the straps are not made right. You do not want your toes doing all the work, and you do not want to be cutting off circulation either.
Look for something of higher quality, even if it might cost a trifle more. Genuine leather is your friend. Prefer it to any of the cheaper office shoes. If you have a problem with wearing leather, textile alternatives also exist, with tweed or drab in natural shades a good option.
Mind the colour
Be aware of the colour combinations with your apparel as well. Match the colours if you can, or go for something complementary if you cannot. Ivory office shoes with pastel dresses look pretty awesome, while a black dress with red-soled black office shoes will certainly be catching attention everywhere.
If it fits, you got it
Make sure that the office shoes are just the right fit. Sometimes we go a size up or down because stores do not have half sizes. Do not compromise as such, since you will only suffer the consequences in the long run. No matter how much a shoe costs, if the fit is not correct, no amount of cushioning is going to protect you from pain.
Comfort goes a long way
Usually, formal shoes for women rely more on style than comfort. It’s all about the appeal. But we’re not here to buy shoes for the eyes of others’ are we?
For the ideal office shoe, you should pick something that is comfortable, made of natural materials, adorned only with minimalistic touches, with thin soles and simple heels, in a classic shade of either black or blue, beige or grey or brown. Leatherette is probably not something you should opt for either since it does not allow for the foot to breathe under it.
Glitter on an office shoe is a probable no-no, with no additional height added to the heel and without too much platform or texture. You also do not want to go too sporty, though a touch of the sporty elegance might work well in certain environments.
Shopping for shoes can be a daunting task. But if you know exactly what you’re looking for, it’s half the battle.