Are your work shoes fashionable & functional?

My work shoes are absolutely boring; always in black and of similar designs somewhat because I prefer them to be functional than stylish. Additionally, designs under those brands that I like are limited and inevitably, they do not look stylish. Wearing fashionable shoes during work aren’t important to me but wearing comfortable shoes are, because I spend a lot of time standing and walking so heels are always no more than 2.5 inches. But I do show more toes than most of my colleagues as I dislike wearing flat pumps and court shoes.

So these are the shoes I wear to work most of the time. I don’t like the peep toe though as it’s a little tight for my broad feet but still, I prefer it over court shoes, which never fails to give me bruised toes and toenails after just a few hours.

These are the two work shoes I rarely wear. The second pair is a bit better than the first because it’s a backless shoe so the pressure on my toes aren’t as great. I wear the first pair if I have to be really formal but by the end of the day, my toes would be all sore and blue.

So what sort of shoes do you wear to work? Are you particular about the design or the comfort level? Or are you particular about both?


  1. Jyoan says:

    Don’t think I have grown into black leather shoes yet. I think I am still more for design even though I do think about the comfort, and if a shoe is hurting my feet all day long, I will end up leaving it aside…

  2. pf1123 says:

    If your feet hurts, you shouldn’t wear those shoes. It took me a long time to find comfortable shoes. My preference is soft lamb skin shoes for work.

    If you wanna know where to get affordable and comfortable but stylish shoes, drop me a mail and I’ll let you know. Btw, I’m not affliated to any shoe shop, just wanna share this one with ppl who have problem finding comfy shoes with nice design like me. ?

  3. puranki says:

    I wish I could wear any of my nice shoes to work. I can’t wear anything else but sneakers, even though it’s hot summer.
    Since I work with lots of heavy stuff and tools it’s a risk to have any light or open shoes on :/

    But for the sneakers I am very picky too and If someone sees colorful sneakers in the hallway they know I’m around ?

    Still it would be nice to be able lighter shoes in summer

  4. Soos says:

    I live in HAWAII. Some women wear slippers – you may call them flipflops or thongs. I try to keep those to Aloha (casual) Friday, and always with at least a one-inch heel. Otherwise, I wear sandals with an ankle or back strap. I HATE covered shoes and hose! If I were forced, I do have a pair of pumps with a slingback. Others wear anything from rubber slippers to 4 inch mules, boots or Birkenstocks! There definitely need to be more and better choices in affordable and comfortable women’s footwear with heel heights ranging from an inch to 2.5 inches! Yes, pf1123, I hope you have sources we in the US can use, too!

  5. Rinka says:

    i have broad feet as well, it means i get absolutely killer blisters in the first few days of wearing my shoes as my feet try to break into them. its especially bad with leather shoes!

  6. pf1123 says:

    Sorry, the shop I go to is in Singapore. ?

  7. sesame says:

    Oh the back of new shoes do give me blisters but Shoe Petals have some good solution to the problem.

  8. sesame says:

    Wow, I would love to be able to wear flipflops to work but it’s not possible, not even for Fridays. You’re lucky!

  9. sesame says:

    Only sneakers? But at least they’re comfortable.

  10. sesame says:

    Are they covered shoes? I would prefer open-toes.

  11. sesame says:

    I have no choice cos most court shoes hurt my feet…think it’s the shape of my feet. Since I rarely wear them, I don’t want to spend money buying another pair.

  12. puranki says:

    yes they are very comfy. But if you have to walk around a lot the whole the it can get very hot in sneakers. So I wish I could at least wear sandals or something like that. But it’s simply not possible. Or I need to change profession

  13. pf1123 says:

    Got many peep toe ones and sling backs. Various designs.

  14. pf1123 says:

    The foot glide is also not bad. Can try.

  15. Audris says:

    I have broad forefeet too. But I prefer covered heels as my toenails are often in a state of disgrace, thanks to running/ gymwork.

    Only leather work shoes for me as they expand. Synthetics hurt my feet and toes. Brands I get (on sale!) are Sacha London (Tangs – they come in a C width so not narrow); Jwest (I find their cutting mostly on the broad side); Salvador Sapena (also mostly on the broad side for cutting); RAS (Tangs).

  16. Kathleen says:

    I think you have to balance with style and function. there are plenty of stores in Singapore that sell affordable yet comfortable heels. Peep toes, open toes, shoes that do not cover your feet are not professional for work I feel. You might wanna try this brand called Pazzion and another one called Everbest which I love! Another place you might consider is the BHG, the departmental store. I feel the peep toes with straps are more like sandals, not so presentable. Im sure you can look better! (=

  17. sesame says:

    Leather is good once they expand. My issue is that I don’t wear those covered shoes often enough to expand them so that was was they’re painful to wear. So even with shoes from Ferragamo that are supposed to be really comfortable, my feet still hurt like crazy. I kind of like Jwest…like Nine West!

  18. sesame says:

    Hmm…I agree covered shoes are more professional and that’s why I have to wear those sometimes. But depending on where I do my work, I can afford to dress down a little so open toes are okay but no stilettos! I’ve seen some colleagues in birkies (with long pants) even but those are a no no for me! I don’t like Everbest. I think I bought a pair years ago and they hurt my feet and since then, I try to avoid their shoes. My favorite current dept store brand is Pierre Cardin. Very very comfortable…designs are average though.

  19. redheadblondie says:

    I love camper shoes from Spain but they are really costly in Singapore. Planning my next trip to Europe to stock up. They have funky designs but some more conservative ones too.

  20. sesame says:

    Oh…Camper’s nice! But you’re right…they’re expensive here.

  21. Sammy says:

    Luckily work shoe manufacturers have developed really breathable work boots… if you need those safety toes for your profession. There are great options with mesh lining for airflow and very comfy feet. My fav are from Timberland and Keen ?

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