The arrival of spring has a similar effect for most: the urge to run outside, breath in fresh air and celebrate as many extra minutes of daylight as possible once the clocks move forward. But reality is: You still have to go to work. As a consolation, spring also means it’s time to ditch heavy footwear in favor of something more seasonal.
The best work shoes for this time of year must strike a perfect balance: They can be lighter and more open-toed, but anything that too closely resembles beachwear will not likely be HR-approved. Thankfully, all you need to know is in the five shoe trends ahead that are office- and spring-ready.
Mango Heel Leather Mules
Now that you can begin to ditch the socks, welcome back the always-sleek mule. Try a super pointed toe and low vamp for an especially elongating effect.
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Gianvito Rossi Patent Leather Cap-Toe Mules
This shoe blends two neutral colors for a classic style that’ll go with everything in your closet.
Cos Asymmetric Heeled Mules
For an unexpected mule option, try an artful, asymmetric silhouette.
Next up: Loafers are forever an office classic. For traditionalists, this shiny black pair will become a Monday-to-Friday go-to.
Dorateymur Harput Square Apron-Toe Loafers
Bring a little spring into your shoe wardrobe with a hint of sunshine yellow, via these modern loafers.
Sam Edelman Linnie Flat Mules
Combine two trends in one with a loafer silhouette that’s also an easy, comfortable, slip-on mule.
Steve Madden Irenee Ankle Strap Sandal
Sandals at the office can be tricky — not impossible. A good rule of thumb for bringing them back this spring: Avoid anything that suggests your OOO message is on and choose clean silhouettes with study straps.
Everlane The Block Heel Sandal
The subtle textural detail of this pair really make it stand out.
Coach 1941 Serena Suede Sandal
These sandals are not only great for the office, but would look amazing styled with socks if you’re not completely ready to go bare yet.
Charles and Keith Metal Accented Pointed Toe Pumps
A forever trend, clean-cut pumps have a place in any office. For spring, try softer hues and a substantial heel width — something that ensures you can commute in your shoes and not just have to store them under your desk.
Loeffler Randall Imogene Woven Leather Pumps
This tan, woven texture feels especially spring-ready, but still polished, too.
& Other Stories Suede Block Heeled Pumps
Pastels return for spring, specifically in these sweet pointed-toe pumps that’ll freshen up your tailored garments.
Miista Marcelle Croc Embossed Bootie
Finally, the end of winter doesn’t mean you have to ditch your boots entirely but it couldn’t hurt to try a new approach. These spring-ready colors will be perfect for pairing with trousers and dresses, and feel so much fresher than your average black bootie.
Who What Wear Olivia Kitten Heel Bootie
These will put a little spring in your step (sorry, had to.)
Sam Edelman Raelle 2
The cool blue of these booties make for a nice alternative to black or brown.