Have you Googled “executive women” lately?
Are you seeing the same thing I am? There are a lot of high heels out there. Now, Google “women’s shoes”. Your options are high heels or slippers.
Flats are flat out more comfortable.
If that statement above weren’t true, everyone would be in heels. Sport players would be donning stilettos. Jeff Bezos would be strutting around in sky-high Louboutins.
But do flats look better than high heels in the C-suite? Want to be real for a moment? Yes, high heels do look better. There, I said it.
Now that the obvious is out-of-the-way, let’s get on with it.
Women often ask, “can I wear flats and still be seen as professional?”
Yes, you can. You just need to know how to pick the right kind. You also need to be aware of your image. I am referring to your posture, your confidence, your professional presence. All of this is part of your personal and professional image.
That is why I am here. I want to help you feel and act continuously at your best. When you feel confident, you act confident.
So, let’s get to it then shall we?
Here is how to add a bit of flair to your flats and a few to stay away from.
Loafers can be a hit or miss. Select carefully. I suggest one with a bit of a heel. Extra details such as a tassel or buckle over the tip adds more design to a somewhat slipper looking shoe.
But loafers are great for a few reasons. One, they are very much in style right now, so they are available pretty much anywhere you go. Two, since they are so in style at the moment, they are more accepted at work, which is great, because they are so comfortable! Make sure when selecting the right loafer, you do not compromise comfort for professionalism.
The brogue is a nice, clean look. It is a step above the loafer. You cannot go wrong with a brogue. The details are what makes this shoe even more put together than the loafer or mules.
I love the cut out. It takes an everyday shoe and adds a bit of edge. One thing to keep in mind with cut out shoes, they can be borderline unprofessional if there is too much left out. Keep it sharp.
Hit or Miss
I do not suggest flat mules for work. No matter how fancy the front, no matter how much they cost, flat mules are slide on shoes and slide on shoes have no place in the boardroom.
I also suggest staying away from bows. There are a few that look decent but bows give off a oh so cutesy look. Do you want to be seen as cute or do you want to be seen as a woman who knows her business and is capable of crushing it when necessary?
Ballet flats have a similar effect as bows. They are dainty. Do not wear them in your next business proposal presentation. They are a good backup for driving in though.
And a few side notes:
- Choose the material wisely as well. Certain materials on shoes can look too casual.
- Embellishments, when done right add to the shoe. When done wrong, are an eyesore.
- A pop of color is great. Obnoxious is not. Know the difference.
- Just because they are expensive doesn’t make them appropriate.
- Just because they are popular doesn’t make them appropriate.
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