WORK FASHION

The Office Shoe Just Got More Comfortable

Look like a professional, feel like you never took off those WFH slippers.

By Spencer Brown

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

Clae sneakers, a mainstay at multiple local shoe shops, bring business casual up a notch.

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With hybrid workspaces becoming more of the norm, it’s time to give your closet a bit of a refresh—and remember what it’s like to wear shoes to work. Most offices don’t allow slippers, but these supportive, stylish sneakers are the next best thing.

Birkenstock Bend Sneaker, Sole Food Local

$151

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The perfect pair for any professional Birk lover, these sneakers offer the same cork footbed as the German brand’s iconic sandals, now wrapped up in a more work-appropriate package ideal for walking around the office or running off-the-clock errands.

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Bradley Sneaker in Black Leather, Clae

$150

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Everyone needs at least one black sneaker that goes with everything. Tumbled leather combined with a white rubber sole makes for an eye-catching shoe that doesn’t become an overpowering accessory. Also available in a beautiful chocolate brown, waterproofed leather—because there is no greater power than matching with your work bestie.

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Cole Haan Winslow Sneaker, Nordstrom Local

$100 $160

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Cole Haan has perfected the shoe equivalent of the mullet: business on the top, comfort on the bottom. These leather sneakers provide the cushioned support you need from everyday shoes while giving you the look of someone ready for a corporate takeover.

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Adidas Superstar, Bait Local

$110

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While these sporty Adidas won’t work for every occasion or office, the classic sneakers can look dressed up with the right outfit—say, nice dark jeans or a pair of cropped slacks. Crisp white leather mixed with a pop of kelly green make for a nice statement piece in a more casual office. 

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Olukai Nana Hele, Market Street Shoes Local

$150

Slip on these waterproof leather sneakers when the weather starts getting colder: The shearling lining and rubber outsole will keep you warm and dry so you can focus on stressing about your job, instead of the changing seasons.

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Veja Esplar Women's Leather Shoes, REI Local

$140

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For the sustainability-minded folks in the crowd, these shoes made in part from recycled plastic and organically grown cotton won't contradict your company’s mission or your look. With monochromatic white soles, laces, and upper, they’re a great neutral to throw into your repertoire. (Don't forget to check out REI's selection of Veja men's shoes, too.)

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Dr. Martens Women's 1461 Smooth Leather Oxford, Bait Local

$130

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This shoe is for cube jockeys committed to their aesthetic. A good pair of Docs, while not the traditional sneaker, can elevate any look and prove just as versatile…as long as you can survive the breaking-in period.

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Primury Dyo White, Corre Local

$250

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Want minimalism with a bit of an edge? These simple sneakers have a unique, thick sole that adds some whimsy to the regular 9–5 business wear. Bonus: The rubber’s made from partially recycled materials.

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Clae August Canvas Sneaker, Re-Soul Local

$50 $100

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This vegan, canvas take on the aforementioned Clae sneaker gives the same vibe as its leather counterpart, but in a cute, eco-friendly way. With the combination cork and foam footbed, you can wear these shoes for hours after the workday has ended.

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