I am surprised by the bad choices women (and men) make regarding footwear in the professional realm. I recently attended an elegant awards ceremony where 20 recipients had to walk across a stage to receive their prize. Quite frankly, it was a shoe disaster!
Most of the women were sporting heels so high that they could not walk well, or they were wearing flats that made them look like they were traversing the aisles at the grocery store. The men were not much better – most of them wore scuffed and worn shoes that did not match their tailored clothes.
As a young girl, I used to sit at the foot of my parent’s bed every night and watch my Dad polish his shoes for the following workday. It was a ritual for him every night to prepare his shoes so they were clean and ready for his next day on Wall Street. The meticulous and professional look was an expectation of his career in the financial world and my Dad assured me that a positive impression was made from head to toe. He was right.
- When choosing heels for work remember, you must be able to walk well in them at all times. Stiletto heels might look great for date night but if you can’t walk with confidence at work, you are in trouble. Higher is not always better – choose a heel height that is manageable and appropriate for your work culture.
- Make sure your shoes are clean and polished. Avoid scuffed and scraped heels and be sure to re-sole if frequent use wares your shoes down.
- Open toe shoes should be reserved for the summer months. But only if you have a great pedicure and an office culture that welcomes this fashion trend.
Lastly – take a tip from this shoe Diva. Bring flats or walking shoes in your bag if you know you have to commute a long distance on foot or travel in bad weather. No need to ruin your dress shoes in transit. Carry a pair of commuter shoes with you for a quick change and save your feet and your back from a full day walking in heels. Your feet and your good shoes will thank you.