Long gone are the days of wearing sneakers with a business suit or having to bring a change of shoes after walking to work. As fitness becomes a way of life rather than a trend, shoe companies are taking note. A variety of sturdy, comfortable and fashionable walking shoes are now on the market that can easily make the transition from the walking path to the office easier.
Proper Fit & Material
You want the walking shoes to be fashionable, but you never want to compromise the proper fit or support. Soles should be rounded inward at the heels, offer adequate arch support and be made of rubber. You should pick a shoe that has a breathable material. You can go with suede or leather as long as you insure there is a way for air to circulate with subtle mesh inserts or small holes. The front toe box should allow wiggle room for your toes and about a half-inch of room between you big toe and the front of the shoe.
A number of walking shoe styles still give you the fit you need but with a flair that works in the office. Mary Janes are a prime example. These are cut more like a casual shoe than a sports shoe and offer a snazzy strap for added charm. A number of sporty companies also offer a walking shoe that resembles a ballet slipper, but with an enhanced sole and support ideal for walking. Some offer a clog-type that also works well. Loafer-style walking shoes are another good choice, especially for those who prefer a closed top. Slip-on styles or those with buckles, zippers or Velcro are generally more office-friendly than walking shoes with laces.
Darker colors, such as black or dark brown, will match a lot of outfits and not attract too much attention. Steer clear of shoes with obvious sporting good company logos or racing stripes that make the shoe look sporty rather than casually professional. You can go with bright colors as long as they match your outfit and don't look out of place.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.