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Best Work Shoes for Professional Working Women

While MM.LaFleur has filled the workwear void for women seeking stylish, comfy, luxe-feeling office clothes, the search for the best work shoes continues. We’re always on the hunt for that rare pair that can withstand our morning commute (subway grates and all), endure a ten-hour workday, and allow for the occasional after-work dance party. Oh, they also have to look beautiful and cool—“sensible kitten heels” need not apply.

The good news: We’re on it! Sarah and Miyako have been jetting to Italy to finalize designs for our first MM.LaFleur shoes and bags (coming later this year). But since most professional women need better footwear options today (or actually, yesterday), we’ve decided to reveal our current favorites.

Below, we give you the go-to shoe sources of the most elegant professional women we know.

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Pair the black Alexandra dress with colorful sling-backs (similar available here).


This buzzy brand hand-makes their shoes in Italy. From assertive single-sole pumps to sleek low sling-backs, their styles are versatile and easy to wear. Our extern Chenglin calls their loafers her “favorite shoes of all time.”

Cole Haan

This brand has long been the darling of professional women who enjoy being able to walk. Like, really walk. Without teetering or scampering or wincing by the end of the day. Our showroom stylist Sarah says, “My new go-to is the gray suede heel because it’s more blend-able than black.”

Nicholas Kirkwood

It was a glorious day when Kirkwood’s pointed loafers burst onto the scene last year. Made from stretchy pebbled leather, they come in a rainbow of colors and textures—so it won’t matter that every woman in your office has a pair.


We don’t know who designs Boden’s shoes, but we’d venture a guess that it’s a woman. A woman who knows how to balance style with actual walkability. Whether it’s a 2.5-inch everyday heel or this strappy, studded number, their styles are “safe” without being boring.

Stuart Weitzman

While Stuart Weitzman heels can be a little bit pinch-y on the toes, the brand’s boots are a delight. Flat or heeled, they provide a beautiful cold-weather staple that can handle the outdoors without looking too clunky in the office.

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Don’t listen to the heels-only hype. Flats can be perfectly professional, especially when paired with the Foster pant, Radner camisole, and Morandi sweater.


For an alternative to a loafer, this French brand’s absurdly comfortable ballet flats do the trick. The leather is so soft you barely need to break them in. Perfect for running between meetings or sprinting through airports.

Calvin Klein

They’re not the most exciting shoes on the block, but they might be the most durable. Calvin Klein’s basic pumps are easy, affordable, and they last.


This London-based brand is a go-to for the office-going set. Their Signature Collection contains a slew of basics; but being British, they’re not scared of a little whimsy now and again.

Jimmy Choo

Yes, they’re pricey. But if you’re going to splurge on a shoe, why not make it one that you’ll wear five days a week? Our CEO swears by their chic low heels.

Let’s talk loafers…

It never hurts to have a comfy loafer in your closet. We love the aforementioned offerings from M.Gemi and Nicholas Kirkwood, but that’s just the beginning. This sleek patent version from Everlane is a favorite among bloggers; or you can go old-school and opt for these made-in-Maine classic penny loafers from Eastland.

Now that your feet are set, it’s time to whip the rest of your work wardrobe into shape. Have you tried an MM.LaFleur Bento Box yet?

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