This feature about shoes for personal assistants executive assistants is the second in my new Top 10 Shoes for… series. Throughout the series, I’ll be interviewing inspiring women in each of the featured professions about their work shoes. You can also find my top 10 recommendations for fabulous shoes suitable for this profession in the slide show.
A sophisticated work look can be achieved by matching these shoes with a conservative navy suit and white shirt combo. Smart doesn't have to be plain.
This 3.8" block heel gives height with stability. Wear with off white, plum or (if you dare) yellow or mustard.
This bi-coloured mid-heeled court shoe is the perfect antidote to plain black. The navy and nude combination is classic without being drab.
White shoes can look brash in the work place. This subtle light pink shade with its black toe-cap looks sophisticated when you don’t want to wear dark shoes.
Did you ever think a T-bar could be this sexy? No neither did I. Librarian chic? This is more like librarian sexy, but still conservative enough for your work place.
Dark red shades like this plum work well for the autumn and winter months. An ideal complement to your black or charcoal grey tailored dress or skirt suit.
A warm pink which is not too neon for work. With a hint of white at the toe, this is a flattering colour mix for spring, summer and early autumn.
This brighter colour mix works for more laid-back office cultures. Try with cropped white trousers, or for a smarter look, opt for a knee-length white shirt dress.
This pale grey court shoe with contrasting black toe-cap is sophisticated and more fashion forward than plain black. It coordinates well with black, green, and grey.
This teal or "jade" colour is not too lurid, and neither is it tediously dark. It adds a pop of colour to any sophisticated outfit in cool tones of grey, blue or white.
What do personal assistants/executive assistants want from their shoes?
I asked a PA with 7 years of experience all about her footwear.
Meet Polly Pairman-Phillips
Q. What’s your job title?
A. PA to the Principal of a large college
Q. Do you wear the same shoes to travel to work as you do at work?
A. Depends on the shoe. As long as I can drive safely in them I wear them for both.
Q. What do you feel are the most important aspects of your work footwear?
A. Comfort, durability and smartness.
Q. Do you usually wear heels or flats at work?
A. Usually heels. I like how feminine they make me feel & they work best with my work clothes.
Q. Where do you normally buy your work shoes?
Q. Are you able to express your personal style at work? If so, how do you like to show it?
A. I can express my style to a certain extent, but my workplace is quite casual so I can’t dress as smartly as I would like to. It is also in an old building and most of the year I end up wearing lots of layers just to keep warm!
To help out all of you hard-working personal assistants and executive assistants, I’ve selected the very best shoes for your profession that you can just click through and buy. Find my top 10 shoes for personal assistants executive assistants in the slide show at the top of the page. All of the shoes featured are from amazing British-made brand Yull. You can read my interview with founder Sarah Watkinson-Yull here.
For loads of essential tips on how to find comfortable, beautiful footwear, you can download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.