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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.