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So what sort of shoes do people really wear for work

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NiceCardigan Thu 04-Jun-15 21:06:06

I currently work for a charity where anything goes appearance wise but am moving to a new job in fancy offices in London. I can smarten up what I normally wear quite easily but I'm lost shoewise. Do people really wear high heels for work or is there some sort of middle ground between tottering around and ballet flats?

mycatlikestwiglets Thu 04-Jun-15 21:20:00

Really depends on the type of job you're going to. Where I work (lawyer) most women wear heels, but most also wear trainers to/from the office and change on arrival. There's nothing that says you can't wear smart flats if that's your preference.

Dontlaugh Thu 04-Jun-15 21:25:28

I love my heels. But I am short and work with loads of tall men. Meh.
Whatever works for you, I would say. Mid height heels?
Smart wedges?

NiceCardigan Thu 04-Jun-15 21:33:36

I can do the trainers thing (already have some bright pink ones!) But am just not really used to wearing heels. I won't be client facing so don't have to be super smart. I have tried wedges but the last pair I had were really uncomfortable.

Eversobusyeveryday Thu 04-Jun-15 21:51:54

I have a selection of ballet pumps which I wear with slim leg trousers or coloured jeans.

YesThisIsMe Thu 04-Jun-15 21:56:23

I keep heels at work to change into, as do most of my female colleagues. But I also sometimes wear flat brogues with trousers of the appropriate length. The problem with trainers / sky high heels is that you're stuffed if you go out for afterwork drinks.

spillyobeans Thu 04-Jun-15 21:57:18

I wear black dr martens...but i work in a petrol station smile

Liberated71 Thu 04-Jun-15 21:58:02

Fly - wedges and boots
Hush puppy ballet pumps
Always clean and smart but comfy

NiceCardigan Thu 04-Jun-15 21:59:05

I think ballet flats look really nice with slim leg trousers Eversobusy I can definitely manage that look. I have lots of skirts and dresses that I want to wear and ballet flats can make me look a bit "calfy" if I'm not careful.

PrincessOfChina Thu 04-Jun-15 21:59:33

Totally depends on the "style" of your office. Ours is smart casual (no jeans) and most women wear a combination of smart/funky flats and heeled ankle boots. Sandals in summer. The occasional heel but nothing high (except in HR who seem to have their own crazy dress code).

NiceCardigan Thu 04-Jun-15 22:06:55

I'm not sure what the style will be Princess as I had my interview on dress down Friday (although the interviewers were smartly dressed). I am planning outfits to get me through the torture of working my notice period!

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Thu 04-Jun-15 22:08:05

Ugly, practical ones (HCP)

Notcontent Thu 04-Jun-15 22:08:27

I am a lawyer too, and a lot of women wear trainers/ballet flats to work and keep heels at work to change into. But equally, many don't really bother with heels and just wear reasonably smart flats.

museumum Thu 04-Jun-15 22:13:50

Nobody in the sectors I deal with wear heels. I noticed particularly at a conference. They wear a variety of very fashionable flats, ballet flats, brogues and uber trendy styles from office and schuh.
My sector is not very conservative.

Doobigetta Thu 04-Jun-15 22:18:31

I wear medium heels- about 2.5-3 inches- and always with a Mary jane strap, because courts are too tiring to hold on. But there's a fair mix in my office of everything from killer heels to flats. Flats tend to be worn by younger and more junior people only, although I'm not quite sure why.

WutheringTights Thu 04-Jun-15 22:27:43

Im client facing in a very smart office and tend to wear this kind of shoe a lot (am very tall). www.russellandbromley.co.uk/dress-flats/charming/invt/122211

drinkscabinet Thu 04-Jun-15 22:31:49

I work in a safety conscious industry. We have to wear leather shoes that cover the toe with heels no higher than an inch. Most people wear trainers.

EvilSidekick Thu 04-Jun-15 22:33:26

Another lawyer here with the exact same "law uniform" of trainers/flats to and from office and all the ladies have a host of very high heels under their desks. Congratulations OP on your new job. star

pourmeanotherglass Thu 04-Jun-15 22:50:04

I'm in a mostly office based job in the NHS. I find heels really uncomfortable, and normally wear smart trousers with smartish flats. Most of my colleagues do the same.

KanyesVest Thu 04-Jun-15 23:50:57

I've gone from charities to contract/consultancy mainly for charities but I deal with a lot of committees with lawyers,hr, consultant MDs, etc, and my current go to shoe is clarks t-bar with a 2in heel. Comfy, practical and vaguely fashionable.

queenbrunhilda Fri 05-Jun-15 00:02:59

Here age/seniority requires footwear that doesn't actively undermine gravitas. But that doesn't have to mean heels. If you find a brand that suits your feet (and personal aesthetics) invest! Hobbs might be a good bet if you're in a conservative environment?

BlueEyedWonder Fri 05-Jun-15 03:49:51

I work in the public sector and pretty much anything goes. I tend to stick to mid heeled ankle boots, black patent brogues and a pointy court shoe if I'm going to an important meeting. I've just bought some mid heel leather sandals to wear in the warmer weather.

louwn Fri 05-Jun-15 07:22:08

Yesthisme I solve that problem by wearing smart flats to the office then changing into heels. Heels (don't have to be sky high) look better in my opinion. Avoid at all costs those chunky flats with the bar that look like childrens shoes - especially with socks! A few offenders in my office....
If you don't want to wear heels look around for some smart flats (and ditch the socks..) wink

Crazyzowhat Fri 05-Jun-15 09:25:36

I work in an office usually wear a pair of heels but wear flats to walk to & from work

Coastingit Fri 05-Jun-15 09:35:26

Creative industry here, I spend a lot of time on my feet. I wear ballet flats with short dresses, or mid heels but comfy, mid priced good quality ones from M and S or Jones Bootmaker, with slim 7/8 trousers.

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