With the proliferation of business casual, the range of shoes that women can get away with wearing to work has expanded. But just because the shoe fits doesn't mean you should wear it to work. Because your footwear dictates your professional image, you should factor in your company's dress code--and how dangerous you're willing to dress--before you throw on a pair of shoes and dash out the door to the office. 
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With the proliferation of business casual, the range of shoes that women can get away with wearing to work has expanded. But just because the shoe fits doesn't mean you should wear it to work. Because your footwear dictates your professional image, you should factor in your company's dress code--and how dangerous you're willing to dress--before you throw on a pair of shoes and dash out the door to the office. 
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The Right Shoes for the Working Woman

Foot Fetishes
Foot Fetishes
With the proliferation of business casual, the range of shoes that women can get away with wearing to work has expanded. But just because the shoe fits doesn't mean you should wear it to work. Because your footwear dictates your professional image, you should factor in your company's dress code--and how dangerous you're willing to dress--before you throw on a pair of shoes and dash out the door to the office. 
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Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 Patent
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 Patent
Price: $595
Website: christianlouboutin.com

How will buttoned-up co-workers respond to a 5-in. heel? With envy if it’s the Christian Louboutin classic 5-in. Pigalle 120 Patent pump. It’s hard to find fault with the red sole status symbol.
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Katie Couric
Katie Couric
“Perky” is about as chancy as a media personality should venture with her kicks
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Stuart Weitzman Perfecto
Stuart Weitzman Perfecto
Price: $345
Website: stuartweitzman.com

If your workplace bans open-toes, fight back by wearing a pair of Stuart Weitzman Perfecto cutout kitten heels. The shoe’s peekaboo factor makes this 1¾-in. patent style anything but innocent.
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Ivanka Trump Indico
Ivanka Trump Indico
Price: $120
Website: piperlime.com

This Indico pump by new shoe designer and heiress Ivanka Trump is an inoffensive work shoe at its classiest. The timeless shape keeps the look conservative, while the modest 2½-in. heel is decidedly un-promiscuous.
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Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
Sartorial standards might be loosening in D.C., but the kitten heel still reigns supreme.
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Cole Haan Air Talia OT Bow Sling 60
Cole Haan Air Talia OT Bow Sling 60
Price: $198
Website: colehaan.com

If toe cleavage won’t sound any office alarms, try an open toe on a traditional slingback. This 2½-in. Cole Haan Air Talia OT Bow Sling 60 has Nike Air technology for added support—and a dainty bow for extra charm.
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Donald J Pliner Fatima
Donald J Pliner Fatima
Price: $235
Website: donaldjpliner.com

A 3½-in. open-toe heel is pretty come-hither for a subdued office. Even so, seductive shoes don’t have to be painful. Scuba-style microfiber turns this Donald J Pliner Fatima pump into a comfort heel.
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Asos Sugar Bow Court shoe
Asos Sugar Bow Court shoe
Price: $80.69
Website: asos.com

A classic pump turns exotic with a faux croc block heel and python bow. Plus, the grosgrain fabric gives this 2.11-in. Asos Sugar Bow Court shoe a vintage 1950s feel. And that’s basically the only conservative thing about it.
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Boden wooden Slingback Clogs
Boden wooden Slingback Clogs
Price: $148
Website: bodenusa.com

If you can convince your cubemate that leopard is the new neutral, these 3.5-in. Boden wooden Slingback Clogs with metal studs are for you. Just keep the rest of your look quiet.
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Nine West Rope sandal
Nine West Rope sandal
Price: $79
Website: ninewest.com

More work-appropriate than your average lace-up-the-leg espadrille, the Nine West Rope sandal is a covered-up twist on the summertime staple. Still, you’ve got to have some courage to clomp around the office in a 4-in. wedge.
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Kate Spade Tipsy
Kate Spade Tipsy
Price: $198
Website: katespade.com

Neon normally doesn't have a place in the office, but the natural canvas on this Kate Spade Tipsy shoe grounds the cap-toe. Its half-inch rubber heel elevates the shoe from a casual ballet flat without turning it into a frumpy loafer.
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Beyoncé
Beyoncé
Pop stars such as Beyoncé can make the craziest shoes seem only slightly crazy.
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Sperry Topsider Women’s Authentic Original Wedge by Jeffrey
Sperry Topsider Women’s Authentic Original Wedge by Jeffrey
Price: $225
Website: sperrytopsider.com

This Sperry Topsider Women’s Authentic Original Wedge by Jeffrey is the weekday version of Sperry’s classic weekend boat shoe. DayGlo green takes this wedge from Nantucket to Brooklyn.
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Gucci Leather and Velvet Sandals
Gucci Leather and Velvet Sandals
Price: $995
Website: net-a-porter.com

These big-ticket 5½-in. Gucci Leather and Velvet Sandals with a 1½-in. platform—a demure look for people who work in fashion—are best suited for offices where people dress like every day is Saturday night.
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Tina Fey
Tina Fey
When it comes to style, comediennes don't have to push boundaries
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See by Chloé Scalloped Leather Ballerina
See by Chloé Scalloped Leather Ballerina
Price: $425
Website: net-a-porter.com

The detail on this See by Chloé Scalloped Leather Ballerina dresses up a soft-body flat, making it more like a slipper and less like a shoe. But for someone on the go, trading formality for comfort is worth it. $425, net-a-porter.com
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