5 Types of Shoes to Avoid Wearing to Work

5 Types of Shoes to Avoid Wearing to Work

5 Types of Shoes to Avoid Wearing to Work

As the world returns to a sense of normalcy, going to work will no longer be your home office or your couch. For those of you returning to the office full-time or on a hybrid schedule having been spoiled by your remote attire (aka, sweats and pajamas), learning the do’s and don’ts for proper workwear is essential.

One common fashion hiccup is choosing the right shoes to wear. With an abundance of options, it can be difficult to determine what is appropriate and what isn’t. So, we’ve rounded up a list of shoe styles you should avoid wearing to work and get you started on the right foot with alternative styles.

  • Stilettos

  • There’s no denying that stiletto heels are fun to strut in. They instantly make you feel more confident when you’re dancing with your girlfriends on a night out. But unfortunately, the same can’t be said when you’re creating a spreadsheet at your desk or leading a team meeting. 

    If you want some height, try opting for a modest pair of pumps instead. To spice up your shoe wardrobe, consider wearing slingbacks for the workplace as well. Regardless of what you choose, make sure the height is comfortable (less than 4 inches) and colors are neutral (black, white, nudes) to match with your wardrobe. They still elevate your ensemble in a classic, more sophisticated way without giving the impression that you’re going straight from work to the club.

  • Flip Flops

  • When you’re headed to work, and the temperature begins to rise, it can be all too tempting to slip on a pair of flip-flops and call it a day. However, this isn’t the best course of action if you want to maintain a professional appearance at the office.

    Good news! Open-toed shoes are welcome to endure the heat. Wear sandals with a chunky heel and a sleek silhouette for a chic, office-appropriate look. Our Frida Sandal features a slip-on style that grants you the comfort and convenience of flip-flops but remains much more suitable for work.

  • Overly Embellished Shoes

  • While we’re certainly not opposed to sparkle and glitter now and then, most professionals will agree that the workplace is not the setting to showcase your glitzy style. 

    Instead, choose a cleaner, more polished style. You can never go wrong with neutral colors and smooth textures, which pair well with any outfit. Switch out those heels and go with a neutral but classy flat. Save the flashy footwear for after-work hours.

  • Thigh-High Boots

  • Unless your workplace is extremely casual, anything over the thigh is a risky choice. Unlike pumps and slingbacks, thigh-high boots are a trendy style and will likely not be well received in offices with strict dress codes.

    Consider swapping out the thigh-high boots for ankle boots instead. If you do want to break the thigh-highs out for warmth when the winter rolls around, be judicious about how you style them, and be sure to confirm your company’s dress code. 

  • Dirty Shoes:

  • This one should go without saying, but we’re saying it anyway. When it comes to your corporate job, wearing noticeably dirty shoes is a big no-no. 

    If your go-to pair has seen better days, take a damp cloth and gently rub the scuffs in circular motions. For stubborn stains, combine detergent with warm water and use the solution before allowing them to air dry. 

    Now that you know what 5 shoes to avoid or rethink wearing to work, you can step into the office with the confidence that you have the proper attire and fashion sense to make a positive impression. Shoes matter! Use these tips to navigate how to dress for an interview and beyond. 

    Looking for dress shoes in plus shoe sizes? No worries!

    Vaila Shoes provides dress shoes for extended sizes 9-14. 

    For more work-friendly shoe options, view our collection of pumps, flats, sandals, boots, and slingbacks here.

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