Are you back to the office yet, or working from home? Either way, you’ll find some of the best work shoes for women below, whether you prefer heels or flats.

While you may not be able to wear sneakers for work, unless you work somewhere with a very casual dress code, you could think about loafers, ballet flats, oxfords, block heels or booties to stay comfortable all day. Or, of course, if you love a very classic style, you could consider a classic heeled pump.

What to think about when choosing your work shoes

Before you choose a new pair of work shoes, there are a few factors to consider:

Comfort is key when it comes to the best work shoes for women

It goes without saying that you need to be comfortable, particularly if you’re in a profession which means you’ll be standing for long periods of time.

Is there a dress code?

Does your workplace have a particular dress code? Do you have to wear a certain shoe color, for example, or do you simply have to look smart?

Will you be going out after work?

If you tend to head out for dinner straight from work, then look for a pair which will give you some flexibility.

Would you like to be able to wear your work shoes with other outfits?

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You don’t have to keep your work shoes for work. You could, for example, wear your loafers or pumps with your jeans for the weekend.

Monika (above) wears a fabulous red suit that would look stylish for work or an evening out. If you can’t quite match her ability to walk in very high heels, you could always get a similar look with a lower heel.

Recreate her look with this similar top, suit set, pumps and clutch.

Open toe or closed?

Generally a closed toe is more professional, but you can make your choice depending on the dress code at your workplace.

Best work shoes for women: what’s the best style of work shoe?

Now that you are thinking about the color and style of shoe you might like to choose, below are some of the styles to consider. I’d love to hear what you wear at work. You can let me know in the comments at the bottom.

Classic heeled pump

A black heeled pump is a style that will never date as a best work shoes for women. Plus, you can always wear them with your little black dress or jeans and a blazer for a night out too.

Best work shoes for women - Patricia wears classic black pumps |

Patricia (above) wears a neutral outfit with a classic, mid-heel black pump.

Check out this similar top, coat, pants, pumps, handbag and sunglasses.

Naturalizer 'Mali' pump |

Naturalizer ‘Mali’ pump

Ballet flats

Another classic – but this time flat – option for work is to choose a pair of ballet flats. You can wear them with a pant suit to look extra smart.

Best work shoes for women - Oxana wears ballet pumps with her black pants |

Oxana (above) wears a Chanel-style pair of two-tone ballet flats in a style that will never date.

Steal her look with this similar top, blazer, pants, flats, handbag, necklace and sunglasses.

Kate Spade New York 'Kora' flat |

Kate Spade New York ‘Kora’ flat

Best work shoes for women: Loafers

For another flat shoe option, how about a pair of loafers? This is a style that’s particularly on trend right now, in a flat, a low or a high-heeled choice.

Best women's work shoes - Renata wears loafers with her blazer |

Renata (above) matches her loafers to her blazer for a look which would work well for summer.

Check out this dress from Amazon that you can wear with this similar blazer, loafers and handbag.

March Fisher LTD 'Enaba' loafer |

March Fisher LTD ‘Enaba’ loafer

Block heels

If you would like a little height, but you find heels uncomfortable, it’s worth considering a low, block heel as this distributes your weight more evenly and is easier to walk in.

You’ll find more inspiration in this article on the most comfortable heels to wear.

Best work shoes for women - Dimitie wearing block heels with her wrap dress |

Dimitie (above) chooses a leg-lengthening pair of nude pumps with her wrap dress and blazer.

Get her look with this similar dress, blazer and pumps.

Botkier 'Stella' pump |

Botkier ‘Stella’ pump

Kitten heels

Classic yet easier to walk in than your typical stilettos, kitten heels look good worn with pants or a pencil skirt for work.

Best shoes for work - Elena wears kitten heels |

Elena (above) wears her kitten heels with an on-trend tiered dress.

Check out this similar dress, leopard pumps and sunglasses.

Sam Edelman 'Dori' pump |

Sam Edelman ‘Dori’ pump


Similar to a classic pump, but with a strap instead of the material at the back of the shoe, slingbacks are another good choice to add to your workwear outfits.

Women's work shoes - Helen wears slingbacks and a blazer |

Helen (above) shows how you could wear your slingbacks with jeans.

Recreate her outfit with this similar striped top, blazer, jeans, slingback pumps and handbag.

Linea Pablo 'Baize' buckle pump |

Linea Pablo ‘Baize’ buckle pump


On trend for 2020, a pair of low loafer-style mules could add a preppy style to your work wardrobe.

Work shoes for women - Ashley wearing mules with black pants |

Ashley (above) teams her bar-style loafers with black pants and an olive green shirt.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, pants, mules and necklace.

Vagabond Shoemakers 'Layla' mule |

Vagabond Shoemakers ‘Layla’ mule


They may traditionally have been menswear, but oxfords look just as good (if not better) on women, whether for work or weekend.

Women's work shoes - Anita wears oxfords |

Anita (above) teams her oxfords with an all-blue outfit.

Check out this similar coat, pants, oxfords and handbag.

Kesli Dagger Brooklyn 'Savas' derby |

Kesli Dagger Brooklyn ‘Savas’ derby


You don’t have to save your booties for weekends. A pair of ankle booties can look great worn with smart pants or with a skirt.

Wearing booties for work - Melinda teams her booties with navy pants |

Melinda (above) makes sure her pants go over the top of her booties for a smart feel, and matches her bag color to her boots.

Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, pants, booties and handbag.

Jeffrey Campbell 'Anteni' knit bootie |

Jeffrey Campbell ‘Anteni’ knit bootie

Knee high boots

You could also choose a knee-high pair of boots if you are heading to the office during cooler months. Either wear with your dresses or skirts, or you could wear over a slim fitting pair of pants or jeans.

Wearing knee-high boots for work - Rachel wears boots with her pencil skirt |

Rachel (above) wears her tan boots with a pencil skirt.

Check out this similar top, jacket, skirt and tall boots.

Sam Edelman 'Davis' boot |

Sam Edelman ‘Davis’ boot

What do you consider the best work shoes for women? Let us know in a comment below.

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