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I’ve been working with two clients recently helping them to create a closet that makes getting dressed easy, but still gives them a very polished look. For both of them, work wear has been a focus. Needless to say there have been some common denominators in what that entails. One of those? Shoes.

We all know that the 6 inch heels covered in spikes might not be appropriate for your 9 to 5 job, and while that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with fashion at work, it means you probably need to round out your weekend shoes with some week day choices as well.  If you’re starting a first job, or looking to streamline your look, there are 3 pairs I think every woman needs in her work wardrobe.

1. The Classic Black Pump




Pointed or rounded. Patent or matte. Kitten heel or 3 inch stiletto. Any combination of these makes for the ideal work shoes. The right black pumps give you a feminine edge in a business suit, but are still lovely when paired with a skirt or dress. My preference is for a pointed toe stiletto in a classic, somewhat matte finish.

2. The Nude Pump




A pair of nude pumps can work magic. Honestly, they can make your legs look miles long! But, you have to find the right color. You don’t want something too light, or too dark. Just like with the black pair, you can take your pick of toe shape, heel height and “finish”, but the color here has to be right. 

3.The Metallic Flats




When you’re rounding out your work shoes, a pair of flats is a definite necessity. And while black is always in style, why not mix things up a little with a metallic? The right color can strike the perfect balance and work just as well with black and navy as it does with brow, khaki and white. Aim for a pewter tone that can read both silver and gold. And don’t get something too shiny!

When shopping for any of these wardrobe staples, remember that they are pieces you are going to wear on a regular basis. Sure a $500 pair of flats is a huge splurge, but $150 for a good, comfortable pair of black pumps that you will wear 3 times a week? That’s worth the investment. Also, with heels, make sure you get a height that is not only office appropriate, but also most comfortable for you. No one looks polished, professional, and promote-able in heels they can’t stand  or walk in.

Do you have any other work week go to’s for shoes? Share below!