This feature about shoes for commuters is the fourth in my new Top 10 Shoes for… series. Throughout the series, I’ll be interviewing inspiring women about their work shoes. You can also find my top 10 recommendations for fabulous shoes suitable for this profession in the slide show.
Shoes for commuters
A sophisticated Oxford lace-up from Hobbs. The suede panel has a houndstooth print. The "mulberry" colour gives a rich tone to any outfit.
Fancy a flat without the girliness of a rounded toe? This Jigsaw pointed pump has a pointed toe to give you an edge at work, whilst making your commute comfy.
For extra height without wobbling on stiletto heels, opt for this Kin by John Lewis platform gibson. Being a bit taller helps you rise above the sweaty train crowds.
Red shoes are guaranteed to lift your mood. These suede effect Wallis courts have textured faux leather 1.5" heels for a little elevation without discomfort.
These "nude" patent LK Bennett Oxfords remind me of jazz dance shoes. A sleek look which lightens your work look when worn with paler shades.
A deep "plum" colour ensures these Hobbs loafers coordinate well with navy, black or dark brown tailoring. The grosgrain bows add a touch of femininity.
This easy to style loafer from London-based brand House of Spring adds a hint of French chic to any look. The company's tagline is "When Paris meets London"
If you want a more boyish aesthetic, try these low-heeled John Lewis brogues. To feminise the look, try a pussy bow blouse or one with ruffles.
Dune make tassel loafers which work equally well at work, at the weekend, and on your commute. The suede and leather combination adds textural interest.
As the Lotus website states, these 5½cm heeled court shoes "will take you from desk to dinner". The high shine reptile effect upper is anything but dull.
What do commuters want from their shoes?
I asked a Head of PMO for a London-based insurance firm all about her footwear.
Q. What’s your job title?
A. Head of PMO (Project Management Office)
Q. Do you wear the same shoes to travel to work as you do at work?
A. No, I don’t – it’s all about the trainers for my commute. Even living a few minutes from the station means a dash there as a busy working mum, I need to be able to catch that train in the morning and walk to nursery of an evening.
Recently I’ve been wearing Skechers Air Cooled knits with memory foam – super comfy, light and not bulky looking (I hate ugly trainers!). On breezy days I can feel the wind through my shoes – crazy!
Q. What do you feel are the most important aspects of your work footwear?
A. They need to be practical, professional and comfortable – sounds boring! I just do not have time on a morning to select the perfect work shoe – so knowing I have just a few pairs that go with everything is a real help!
Q. Do you usually wear heels or flats at work?
A. Small heel – my office is over 4 floors, I am always zooming to meetings, dashing between floors and nipping out at lunchtime. Teetering on a pair of high heels around the office just doesn’t work for me. Heels feel more suitable for a night out!
Q. Where do you normally buy your work shoes?
A. Since returning to work after maternity leave I had to remind myself what I used to wear to work!
I threw out a rather large collection of shoes when I packed up to leave work, so rather than end up with another collection of rubbish shoes I decided to go for quality over quantity. Took myself off to Russell & Bromley and went for two pairs of brogues. One black, one nude – they are great! A solid shoe, good fit, no rubbing (even without tights). Think I will be back for replacements and this time I might get the matching bag!
Q. Are you able to express your personal style at work? If so, how do you like to show it?
A. To be honest, juggling work and a toddler means I’m at the bottom of the list when it comes to time to maintain a style!
I work in a professional, corporate environment so I find it easier to keep to a simple style – a well fitting dress and jacket, maybe some colour in the form of a scarf, jewellery maybe – depends what I can get my hands on in the morning as I’m rushing out of the door! Some days I realise when I get to work I have forgotten my mascara!
To help out all of you hard-working commuters, I’ve selected the very best shoes for you that you can just click through and buy. Find my top 10 shoes for commuters in the slide show at the top of the page.
For loads of essential tips on how to find comfortable, beautiful footwear, you can download my book The Shoe Shopping Kit.