So you just got a new pair of shoes, and you can't wait to debut them. Despite being slightly uncomfortable and difficult to walk in, you wear them to work anyway. The second you arrive at the office, you realize that the inevitable blisters and throbbing pain just aren't worth it. Sound familiar? Whether you have a long walk to work or you sit at a desk from 9 to 5, comfort is essential to concentrating and staying on task. The good news is that comfortable walking shoes don't have to ruin your outfit. In fact, sneakers and comfy flats can be some of the most stylish and office-appropriate options around if you know how to style them.
With that in mind, we decided to round up the chicest pairs of runners and fashion sneakers to help pave the road to a better commute; we promise they won't kill your feet or your favorite power look for the office. And since we know not every office environment allows for sneakers, we also included hip flats and low heels to change into once you arrive, though some are durable enough to walk all the way to work in.
Without further ado, scroll through our favorite sneakers to walk to work in, along with styling tips and It-girl outfit inspiration for each.
The Low-Profile Lace-Up
These casual kicks are a wardrobe staple. They're understated and simple, and you can wear them with pretty much anything since they won't clash. The textured sole is also a fun detail and offers varying degrees of contrast depending on what color shoe you opt for.
The Skate-Inspired Slip-On
If you love pairing funky items with dressier pieces, this classic pair of Vans is right up your alley. The iconic skate-sneaker look will add some edge to your outfit without stealing the spotlight or appearing too bulky.
The Sleek Runner
Y-3 is the ultimate cool-girl sneaker brand. Innovative, low-profile, and durable all at once, these perforated sneakers will get you to and from work in style. Simply pair them with black raw-hem skinny jeans and your favorite blouse.
Step Into Formal Flats:
The Retro Trainer
Here's a dressier take on classic Nike sneakers thanks to the accented tan-and-white sole and contrasting gray fabric. They resemble retro bowling shoes, so why not try playing up the vintage vibes with a full skirt and tied-up blouse?
The Classic Sneaker
These simple white Adidas runners feature a barely-there sock-like construction so you can go about your day with ease and efficiency. The all-white hue makes them super versatile, too. A pleated skirt or cropped trousers with a button-down blouse is all you need to finish things off.
The Casual-Cool Kicks
Golden Goose's high-top sneakers are known for their signature distressed, live-in vibe. Paired with a chic pantsuit or summer dress and blazer, they also happen to be office-ready.
Look Stylish in a Low Heel:
The High-Fashion Investment
These Balenciaga sneakers offer up a high-impact take on traditional sneakers. We love the mix of textures, from supple suede to edgy leather and sporty neoprene. Though they're super fashionable, they also happen to give you a little height as well as support for walking. A pencil skirt will add instant elegance to the look.
The Barely-There Pair
Another sock-like sneaker, these Adidas x Stella McCartney black-and-white marbled knit versions will be your new go-to shoes both in and out of the office.
The Pop of Color
For a pop of color, we suggest opting for these Bordeaux-hued runners since they're neutral enough to introduce some personality to your outfit without looking too wild. Dress them up with a classic button-down and black denim or a midi skirt.
Would you ever wear sneakers to work? Share your thoughts, tips, and outfit ideas in the comment section below.