Back-to-school workwear update: The shoes

Nothing can sex up an outfit like a pair of heels. A pair of mules adds an understated but fashion-forward touch. Ballet flats are cute and elegant with any look. There’s no doubt that shoes really can make an outfit stand out, so here are some ways to use them to elevate your workwear right now.

Blogger Kristina Bazan shows us how to rock three types of statement shoes: heels, mules and flats. We don’t all have bulging bank balances, so here are also some purse-friendly alternatives. Let shoes become your new workday BFFs.

1. Heels

There is a reason why businesswomen started wearing heels all those years ago – they are empowering (and give us some extra height). Kristina loves her Valentino Rockstud heels, but here are some good alternatives. If you are after a strappy heel head here, and for platforms, Topshop are doing some super-sexy ones ATM. Just remember when wearing heels to keep your skirt (if wearing one) at a respectable length – you are at work after all!

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

2. Mules

Mules have been in fashion for a few seasons now, but they are very much here to stay. Comfortable but also high, they offer a perfect middle ground between stilettos and flats. Opt for neutral colours in simple shapes. This pair from Boohoo are the perfect workwear wardrobe staple, and Nasty Gal have some classics too.

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

3. Flats

Not all work shoes need to have heels. If you have a job that involves a lot of rushing about to meetings or standing, then heels simply aren’t practical. The trick is to make your flat shoes work-appropriate by making them smart. Sloppy, scuffed flats are the worst!

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan


Image Credit: @kristina_bazan

Image Credit: @kristina_bazan