Five Staple Shoes To Wear On Your Next Job Interview

We’ve all been there: It’s the day before a big job interview, and you’re having a fashion-related meltdown. I have nothing to wear! All my shoes are sneakers!

While nailing the clothing is a much easier task — a smart blazer or tailored skirt are pretty much no-brainers — picking the right shoe can be quite tricky. You want to convey professionalism and personality at the same time. Luckily, we’ve got five staple styles that are no-brainers for the office.

Below are five essential shoes that will make a good impression:

The Statement Brogue
If your style leans more mensy than feminine, a lace-up brogue is both on-trend and smart. The silhouette is already refined, so feel free to have fun with the finishes: A metallic colorway is particularly striking.

churchs brogue
Church’s, $481.
CREDIT: Farfetch.

The Sleek Pump
A streamlined pump should be a must-have in your footwear wardrobe: live it, learn it, love it. If you’re wearing a neutral suit, amp up the look with a colored leather heel.

gianvito rossi pump
Gianvito Rossi, $695.
CREDIT: Net-a-porter.

The Pointy Flat
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wear heels on a job interview. A pointy-toe flat pairs particularly well with trousers. Just remember: If you’re opting for a print, let it be the focal point of the outfit.

patricia green flat
Patricia Green, $245.
CREDIT: Zappos.

The Graphic Heel
Particularly a good choice for those in creative fields, a striped pump will make a statement in all the right ways. While open-toes or sandals should be avoided at all costs, an open d’Orsay style is perfectly acceptable.

j crew striped heel
J. Crew, $280.
CREDIT: Net-a-porter.

The Dressy Boot
If your interview is in the colder winter months, you can’t show up in your bulky winter boots. A lace-up leather boot in a neutral shade will complement any look.

saint laurent laceup boot
Saint Laurent, $895.
CREDIT: My Theresa.

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