The 8 Shoes Every Working Woman Should Own

August 15, 2016

essential shoes for young professional women


I get a lot of reader questions about wardrobe essentials. Today I am sharing with you the 9 shoes that every working women should own. If you are a young professional, consider this your shoe-shopping checklist! I’ve linked up 3 of my current favorites of each type of shoe below; with one each at a low, mid-range and “splurge” price point.

1. Black Patent Pumps

A true classic. A patent pump in a heel height that is comfortable for you, is never going to let you down.

2. Nude Pumps

Not only do they elongate your legs giving you a flattering line, but nude pumps go with nearly every outfit. As if you needed another reason to swoon over Louboutin pumps: great news! Louboutin has recently announced that they are launching their classic nude pump in SEVEN shades this fall. That means that everyone will (hopefully) be able to find a perfect shade. Diversity for the win!

3. Statement Pumps

A pair of statement pumps – basically any pump of a bold color or pattern, or any pump with an interesting design (think cutouts, bows, etc.) – are a wardrobe must have. These are the perfect way to add some personality and personal expression to a classic work outfit. Because there are so many great options for statement pumps, below I have linked up 3 of my favorites at each price point.

4. Black Wedges
Nothing beats the sophistication of a high heel, but wedges are a must to give your feet a break. A black wedge still looks polished & professional – but is easier on your feet! At least once a week give your feet a break and go for a wedge!

5. Basic Flats
Some days your feet just need a break. Other days, you’re outfit just looks better with flats. Every working woman needs a pair of classic flats in her wardrobe. These are also perfect for commuting to and from work – you can always change into heels once you are at the office.

6. Statement Flats
Flats don’t have to be boring! There is a misconception that flats are only for your ‘comfort’ days. Now more than ever, designers are releasing flats that are chic and professional. Add at least one pair of statement flats to your shoe wardrobe.

7. Black Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are a perfect way to add a bit more edge or drama to a classic work look. They are also great to help transition your wear-to-work wardrobe from summer to fall.

8. Kitten Heels
A kitten heel is, by most definitions, any pump with a heel of 1-2 inches. This shorter heel is ideal for dresses or skirts that hit at the knee or higher. Below I’ve listed both classic black and fun colored kitten heels at a number of price points.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out my style guide on The Best & Most Comfortable Heels for Work! With options at every price point this guide sorts through hundreds of reviews and feedback to give you what are considered to be comfortable wear to work heels! Enjoy!

32 comments so far.

32 responses to “The 8 Shoes Every Working Woman Should Own”

  1. I have the black and nude pumps but have yet to invest on statement heels! I'd love a floral or leopard one too!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • Lee T says:

      Ahh with your bold colorful style, you would look AMAZING in statement heels! Leopard is definitely my favorite 'statement' type shoe.. probably because its basically a neutral #Iwearitwitheverything haha

  2. I no longer work in an office environment, but I definitely agree with a lot of these. Pumps and flats were always my go-to!

    Fizz and Frostingā€‹

  3. Darcy says:

    Wedges are a definite must! I reach for my nude wedges more than my nude pumps.. it is so hard to rock a heel for 9 hours straight sometimes haha!

    • Lee T says:

      I totally agree! Unless they are actually comfy – a full day in heels is NOT gonna happen haha. Check out my comfortable heel guide though! There are 2 pairs i've personally found that I can rock all day. I keep having to buy them again and again because I wear them until they literally fall apart, i love them that much haha

  4. Lanae Bond says:

    I agree with allow of your picks! I have so many different kinds of flats because they are comfortable and look good with everything. The same can be said about ankle boots! I need to get number 1-3 than I will be set with my shoe collection.

    • Lee T says:

      Aw I am so glad Lanae!! And oo yes I love ankle boots because it is easiest (of all the shoe types) to find ones that are both cute and comfortable!

  5. Shea Sayers says:

    This post is making me want to go shoe shopping! I work in a more casual office so I don't need as many pumps, but otherwise I'm with you on all these picks. I definitely need a pair of black pumps though, those are a classic.
    Shea |

    • Lee T says:

      Haha sorry about that šŸ˜›
      And ahhh lucky girl! Black pumps are definitely a staple – theyre perfect for evening wear as well – so I always recommend investing in great black pumps!

  6. Emily says:

    Flats are always my go to!

    • Lee says:

      So necessary if you’ve got a long day! I usually commute to work in my flats and only change into heels when I’m at the office!

  7. Dani says:

    This is a great round up post! I have all of these except for wedges – not the biggest fan of a wedge for work, although outside of work I LOVE them!

    xx, Danielle |

    • Lee says:

      Thanks so much Danielle! And haha ya I love wedges more outside of work as well – cute cognac and tan wedges for summer are my fav!

  8. Brittany S says:

    Yes to all of these!!! I love a good black pump and nude pump!


  9. Cathy says:

    These are such great, basic shoes for work!


    • Lee says:

      Thanks Cathy! It took me SO long to do this roundup, but I’m really happy with it. Hope everyone loves it!

  10. Totally agree with all of these! In the summer I love flats and in the winter I love booties!

    xx Mollie

    • Lee says:

      Yesss booties are my go-to in the winter! I think if you live anywhere with lots of rain or snow in the winter, you just need to accept that the heels gotta go and booties are your best friend.

  11. Such a great round-up of options!

  12. kileen says:

    I love nude pumps!! I love how versatile they are and they go with everything!

    cute & little

  13. I really need to up my shoe game. I basically need every single one of these. Whoops!

    xo Laura Leigh

  14. maggie says:

    I love a classic nude pump!

  15. Stephanie says:

    I don’t work a “typical” job anymore since I’m a full-time content creator/blogger, but I will definitely agree that all these shoes are necessary in the workplace. Black and nude pumps especially!

  16. Jamaria Johnson says:

    Completely agree with this list! Iā€™m currently on the hunt for the perfect black pumps so thanks for your suggestions! Xo

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