Workplace Footwear: What Happens Under Your Desk Stays Under Your Desk

Nobody likes to put their foot in it, least of all in the workplace. We’ve got the best footwear you need to stay on your toes and smash those daily deliverables!

Formal footwear

Women’s formal shoes

The return to office is finally here, which means that some of us are trading in our house slippers for office-appropriate footwear. Ladies, the floor is yours with with these tasteful nude No Doubt Natural 4-Inch Heel from Steve Madden for R1299. Did you get the memo? No doubt about it, you’re a natural born leader in these gorgeous nudes!

Maybe you like your heels down to earth, in which case we’d recommend the undeniably stylish Ladies Shiloh Shoe for R1,299 from Tread+Miller. This classic slip-on promises comfort (and less sciatica), but the slightly stacked heel and gold detail ensure that your outfit is elevated and you are always in command of the room.

Men’s formal shoes

Is there anything sexier than a classic man? And does it get any more classic than this Arthur Jack Chris 2.0 Shoe for R1,119 from Tread+Miller? This lovely leather lace-up pairs perfectly with freshly pressed office chinos. You’re certified to look extra dashing, and you’ll be ready to take down your meetings with style.

For the all-purpose man who needs to transition smoothly from the office to the outdoors, we’ve got the Parka Veldskoen Chukka in Brown for R1,299.  The durable full-grain, oily-wax leather of this boot means that, just like you, it just gets better with age. The perfect shoe for grounding you during your presentation before hitting the outdoor trails!

Comfortable footwear

Not every office calls for fancy footwork! Just because comfort is key, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a twinkle-toed fashionista. We’ve got the best office flats for men and women.

Women’s flats

Keep it classy with Aliverti’s Ladies Genuine Leather Classic Ballerina Pump with Wedge Heel for R1,800. These Aliverti pumps are fitted with genuine Italian leather. Nothing says versatility like a leather ballerina pump! From the office to the grocery store to drinks with the girls, the Aliverti pump will keep you looking fashionably put-together from morning to night.

On the other foot, you really can’t go wrong with a clean and classic pair of white sneakers. Keep it profesh (and ethical) with the Superdry Vegan Retro Court Trainer for R1,499. The updated sneaker design is inspired by the look of vintage tennis shoes, bringing a touch of understated style and class to every outfit. Perfect for the girlboss on the move, too!

Men’s sneakers

Who said sneakers don’t belong in the workplace? With the right styling, a good clean sneaker can update the wardrobe of any modern working man.

Let’s kick things off with the KIARO two-tone low-tops for R799 from Call It Spring. The warm, muted tones of this sneaker bring an updated pop of colour to the classic white sneaker. Pair with jeans for casual Friday, or wear them with chinos for a modern semi-formal take. Maximum style with minimum effort!

Now, you really can’t take a fashion stumble when you step out in the Vans Authentic sneaker, available for R749. Although the Off the Wall brand got off the ground thanks to its popularity with skaters, Vans have since become a shoe for every occasion – including the office! The classic black and white colours of the Authentic sneaker make it easy to pair with anything from jeans to  chinos for the office.

WFH footwear

Now, you didn’t think we’d forgotten those who are still working from home, did you?

We’ve got the kicks for you to shuffle from your home office to the fridge. Step out of a Zoom meeting and into a Netflix marathon with versatile footwear that can truly do it all.

Step it up with rubi Cabin Moulded Slide for R299 from Cotton On. Pair with socks and tracksuit pants for a cosy daytime look, or wear bare for a more classic take. These gorgeous slides are both trendy and comfortable, making them a force to be reckoned with on the WFH fashion market. Yeezy who?

For a more on-brand approach to WFH footwear, we recommend these Cosy Sheepskin Slippers from Parka for R690. Keep those tootsies toasty with a timeless pair of skaapvel pantoffels. They’re super comfy, thanks to their 100% wool inner and South African merino sheepskin collar. The genuine leather suede outer also means that you won’t be embarrassed to sign for your online order at the door. Your feet will look as good as they feel!


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