23 May How To Curate The Best Shoe Collection For Work
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You know those black high heels you’ve had for two years? The ones you wear at least three times a week? My guess is that they get repaired a million times a year…right? And you feel you just can’t get rid of them…?
I can relate! There’s nothing better than a lucky pair of shoes. However, getting them repaired continuously is definitely not the way to go.
There are key aspects to pay attention to in order to curate the best shoe collection for work. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about heels for the office.
What to assess before buying heels?
You must assess five key factors before buying new heels or shoes in general: the fit, fabric, make, price and wear. Let’s evaluate each one.
Firstly, the heels have to fit! If they don’t fit, you won’t be comfortable and you’ll never wear them.
A good way to gauge what to buy is by assessing your foot prior to purchasing anything. Do you have a wide foot or a thin foot? Do you have a flat foot or a pronounced arch? Do you have bunions or not? These are all important questions you want to answer before buying high heels.
The best way to determine anything about your feet is by taking a trip to the podiatrist (AKA a foot doctor). They can tell you whether or not you need special insoles or if you require a special wideness in your shoes.
The health of your feet should always come first. Trust me, you don’t want to wake up one day with a problem like plantar fasciitis simply because you wore the wrong shoes for years.
When it comes to fabric, you want a shoe made of leather or at least quality vegan leather. Stay away from synthetic materials as much as possible. Some shoes are actually made of plastic. Not only will your foot never breath, but it’ll be uncomfortable too.
The benefits of leather are that it absorbs the moisture and prevents sweating during the day. Leather also stretches and molds to your feet over time, which makes a shoe more comfortable. Additionally, leather is more resistant to wear and tear over time.
Before buying something for your feet, do your research. This is why you evaluate the quality of the fabric before purchasing, and how you ensure to curate the best shoe collection.
When it comes to the make, ask the sales clerks for more information on where the fabrics are sourced and where the shoes are made in the world.
If they’re made in Europe, they’re most likely already superiorly made than most other shoes. This isn’t always true but this is why you need to do your homework before purchasing.
Often times, shoes made in Europe are not only better quality overall but are more comfortable too.
You also want to consider if the shoes are made ethically and if the company is associated with ethical factories around the world. Believe it or not, this actually helps ensure you’re getting a better quality product as well.
When the employees are well treated, they are likely very experienced and also love their job. They put 110% of their effort into making great shoes, which results into a much better product.
Does the price tag actually define the quality or comfort of a shoe? Nope.
For example, it’s pretty known that Louboutin shoes are uncomfortable, yet cost upwards of $800.
Sometimes, just because a shoe costs $1000, doesn’t mean you’re buying quality.
It can also mean that you’re paying for the brand name, the logo or the status of wearing a designer piece. Please keep that in mind when you’re shopping for a high ticket item.
Consider the amount of times you visualize yourself wearing the shoes in a month. Is it four times, is it ten times or is it on occasion? If the shoes can become a staple item in your wardrobe, then you know you’ll wear them. If not, they’re likely not worth the splurge at the moment.
What are the components of a comfortable shoe?
A great shoe that is also comfortable and perfect for work normally has a few of these features: it’s a neutral color, it’s made of leather inside, it has a goodyear welted stitch, it has a cushion inside (especially at the arch), the heel is 2 or 3 inches high and it’s a large block heel.
Buying shoes with a few of these features will ensure you curate the best shoe collection for work.
5 stylish pairs of shoes to own for work
# 1 Kitten Heel
The kitten heel is the kind of shoe you wear mid week to give your feet a break, without compromising your height too much.
Kitten heels can be really versatile and playful as well. Considering they aren’t too high, you can have more fun with the colours and patterns you choose to buy.
# 2 Suede Heels
Suede heels are fun to wear with certain pieces for the office. They go really well with dresses and pencil skirts.
# 3 Patten Leather Heels
Patten leather heels are probably the most classic office high heel for a woman. They’re a staple for your closet and should not be looked over.
# 4 Patterned Heels
A patterned heel is a fun way to add glam and personality to your professional corporate outfits.
# 5 Heeled Boot
These types of heeled boots are honestly awesome for the colder months of the year and add so much style to a professional work look.
Why you shouldn’t wear the same pair of heels or shoes daily?
Health wise, it’s not great for your feet to be wearing the same shoes every day. You can give your feet a break by wearing a variety of heel sizes during the week.
When you wear the same shoes too often, you wear them out quickly as well. Not to mention, showing you have style means you own a few different pairs of shoes and you know how to mix and match your looks.
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In this article, I’ve shown you how to curate the best shoe collection for work. Now you should know exactly what to look for when shoe shopping.
Comment below which types of shoes you’re missing in your ultimate best shoe collection.
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