Heading back to the office? Shop 11 comfortable dress shoes you can wear to work and beyond
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It's time to rethink what constitutes office-appropriate attire. Gone are the days when power suits and pantyhose reigned supreme. It's not unusual to see more relaxed office dress codes in many workplaces today, allowing staffers to be comfortable while simultaneously showcasing their personal styles.
Whether you're entering the workforce for the first time, heading back to the office soon or just looking to elevate your shoe game, comfortable dress shoes are a must-have. Often the final step in completing a work outfit, work-appropriate footwear includes stylish silhouettes ranging from sassy stilettos to sleek booties to low-key loafers. Below, we rounded up the most comfortable dress shoes to take you through the work day to happy hour and beyond. From square toes and block heels to cloud-like insoles, you'll be walking on a dream thanks to these comfy kicks.
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1. These convertible pumps
Even heels that promise to be comfortable can become uncomfortable, simply because they push your feet into an always-on-your-toes position. That’s why Pashion created an entire brand around removable-heel pumps. The D'Orsay Patent 4-inch Pumps, which are made of patent leather, can be worn as flats or as 3- or 4-inch heels. You can also choose between a block heel or a stiletto one. Available in six core colors and three seasonal shades, they come in women's whole and half sizes 6 to 11.From $74 at Pashion
2. These washable loafers
If you’re a commuter—especially if you live in a major city—you’ve probably arrived to work in sneakers, only to immediately change into your office-appropriate shoes of choice. To save yourself the hassle of toting around an extra pair, slip into the Blackbird Washable Loafers from Birdies which look good enough to parade around the office but are comfy enough to wear for miles. And if they get dirty trekking across town? You can throw them right in the wash. Available in five prints and colors, they come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 12. Psst: These cuties sell out frequently, but don’t worry—they’re regularly restocked.From $130 at Birdies
3. These head-turning mules
The Cataliya Mule from Kelly & Katie is easy to transition from day to night—or office to happy hour—with a classic design and practical block heel. Reviewers rave about how comfortable these dress shoes are, especially in professional settings. Available in black, off white and multicolor plaid, they come in women's whole and half sizes 6 to 11.$39.99 at DSW
4. These timeless flat pumps
You may think of pumps only as closed-toe, slip-on heels. But in reality, a pump is defined as “a shoe with a low-cut front, or vamp, with either a shoe buckle or a black bow as ostensible fastening.” While most brands don’t go by that definition when labeling their shoes as "pumps," Clarks got it right with the low-heeled Laina 15. Made with the brand's cushioned two-layer foam, they feature an eye-catching buckle on the outer side of each foot. Available in brown and black, the shoes come in women's whole and half sizes 5.5 to 10.5.From $60 at Clarks
5. These chunky loafers
In case you missed it, ‘90s style is making a major comeback. As such, lug soles are once again en vogue. Rather than opting for traditional lug-sole sneakers, dress it up a bit with the Selma Loafer from Bernardo 1946. These platforms are made of antiqued leather and feature a 1.75-inch heel, making them chic and comfortable dress shoes. Available in three neutral color combinations, they'll likely coordinate with the majority of your office attire. They come in women's whole and half sizes 6 to 11.$238 at Bernardo 1946
6. These mixed-material loafers
Not all dress shoes need a heel—they just have to look snazzy enough to elevate an outfit. And the Total Motion Laylani Accent Loafer does just that. They’re made with Rockport’s TruTech sole, which the brand claims is designed to cushion your foot so as to “provide rebound at the forefoot and shock absorption at the heel.” In other words, they’re not only stylish, they’re comfortable, too. Available in four colors and prints—including a pair that swaps the suede for synthetic snakeskin—they come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 11.From $80 at Rockport
7. These block-heel pumps
If you’re looking for shoes that you can wear all day, every day, grab these retro-inspired cylindrical-heel pumps, the Pisa Pump, from Franco Sarto. Because they have soft square toes, they won’t cramp your feet the way many pointed-toe pumps do. Available in five colors and prints, including a darling houndstooth, they come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 11.$130 at Franco Sarto
8. These printed loafers
Loafers are some of the most versatile and most comfortable dress shoes, but can often be a little plain. Why not have fun with them, by getting a pair in a wild print? Sam Edelman knows a thing or two about creating stylishly funky silhouettes, as showcased by the Loraine Bit Loafer. Want zebra-print work shoes? Or perhaps cheetah or snakeskin? Whatever the case may be, you'll find your preference among the two dozen colored croc, snake and plain leather textiles. They come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 13 in standard and wide widths.From $60 at Sam Edelman
9. These croc booties
Work-ready footwear isn’t always about patent pumps and pointed-toe flats. Chunky-heeled booties have a place, too. Rather than settling for a fast-fashion pair, do yourself a favor and invest in the best-selling Heartbreaker Booties. Made of Italian leather and insoles that claim to absorb shock, they’ll keep you cozy while making you look chic at work, out on the town and everywhere you wear them in between. Available in black and snakeskin, they come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 11.$195 at Thursday Boots
10. These wearable low pumps
If you prefer a lower heel, Naturalizer has just what you’re looking for. The brand’s Karina Square Toe Pump boasts an easy-to-walk-in, 2-inch heel, and is lined with a cushioned footbed. They’re a dream for folks who weigh comfort just as heavily as they do work-ready style. Available in seven classy colors and prints, they come in women's whole and half sizes 4 to 12 in narrow, standard and wide widths.From $110 at Nordstrom
11. These classic stilettos
Of course, if your idea of dressy work shoes is what most people think of as pumps, then you’ll like the look (and feel) of these best-selling Jessica Simpson Haneh Pumps. They feature a 3.5-inch spike heel and leather exterior and come highly recommended by hundreds of DSW shoppers. So long as balance is your strong suit, these might just be your Cinderella fit. Available in nine colors and prints, they come in women's whole and half sizes 5 to 11.$59.99 at DSW
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