Buying the Perfect Everyday Work Shoe: 7 Essential Tips

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Okay, so those (above) may not be your everyday work shoes but they are beautiful and attention-grabbing! There are a few simple things to know when choosing a staple work shoe. One thing is that it doesn’t have to be a heel. Flats work just the same. If your profession is one where you don’t wear heels to work, i.e. ballet, then use this article as a guideline for your basic heel. The below tips will assist with your purchase and beyond. (Note: All shoes in this article are by Spanish brand, Magrit.)

1) Neutral Color
Pick a neutral color like black, nude, navy or brown. The color should be universal so you can easily pair it with multiple outfits without having to worry about going out to buy another pair of shoes.

2) Mid Heel Height
If you are going for a heel, then the right heel height matters. Be kind to your feet and pick a suitable height. Mid heel is around 3 inches, not too high as you’ll be running around all day and not too low if you’d like elongate the leg. However, if 3 inches is too high, then there’s nothing wrong going with a lower or kitten heel.

3) Quality Material 
Spend a little more money on something high quality. Usually a genuine leather or suede material will do the trick. Additionally, it is very important to make sure the lining of the shoe is also made of genuine leather. If so, the shoe will stretch over time and mold to your foot.

4) Shape and Cut
The most common toe shapes are pointy, circle, and almond. Each shape offers a different look and is completely up to the individual. Some shoes are cut narrow, others wide, and the rest medium (which is regular). What you need to know about the toe shape and cut is the comfort level can vary. Depending on the width of your foot, you may have to choose a wider shoe or different style for optimal comfort. 

5) Placement and Thickness
The heel is where you get the support of the shoe. Although, skinny needle point stiletto are hot, for your basic, everyday pump, pick something thicker. Also, a heel placed exactly under your foot provides more support than one placed farther away. If you are going for a flat shoe, then this is not an issue.

6) When Trying on Shoes
It’s a debate on whether the morning or evening is better for trying on shoes. Know this, it’s crucial to get the proper fit of your foot. As you move throughout the day, your feet swell, especially in heat, which can prevent a true read on the size; so does foot pain from your current shoe. Our recommendation is to try shoes on earlier in the day. As mentioned, leather stretches and will shape to your foot. That is why it’s crucial to make sure the lining is made of leather.

7) Longevity of Your Shoes
Invest in taking care of your shoes. Find a good cobbler and after some wear get the bottoms resoled and the heel caps replaced. This way your shoe will last longer. If you decide on a pair of Louboutin’s, high-end cobblers nowadays offer a red sole to keep up with the look. It’s also a good investment and well worth the money to polish leather shoes and clean suede regularly to keep them looking brand new.