I can’t meet my client without…
…. the right pair of shoes!
I believe everyone has that one and only signature item to their look and ‘shoes’ can be that statement piece. I personally like shoes that are quirky, individual and the talking point of my outfit, but how do you know what works for you and the rest of your outfit. Have a look at our handy selection of the shoe styles out now, and see how they can work with your business wardrobe.
Travelling for business, hopping on and off trains? Keep it simple and grab your flats to take you from meeting A to meeting B in a flash. Much more impressive than trainers, you never know who you might meet on your travels…potential client perhaps?…a spontaneous PR opportunity you can add to your portfolio? So it pays to keep it smart. The brogue gives your feminine look a masculine twist, smart slippers give trousers a chic level of comfort and patent loafers are perfect to brave the April showers, when you can’t get a cab. Remember to show a little leg so that you avoid looking too stocky.
The darling heel height of the moment, perfect to take you from a day in the office to dinner with clients with ease. Flats are great but there is nothing like a bit of a lift to give you that pep in your step. This heel is for the lady who wants a confidence boost as she strides into a presentation, minus the back ache from standing in heels for too long. Choose either a chunky heel for extra support or keep it more refined with a thinner heel.
High heel shoes scream “I know what I’m talking about”. Grab your trusty pair if you are heading into a business situation where you are a little nervous or apprehensive. The doubts will melt away. Yes the pain threshold does increase, but there is nothing like a high heel to thrust you into positive action with confidence. Make sure your trousers hit at least half way down the heel so that they don’t have the ‘ankle swinger’ look.
They offer that little dalliance between serious and playful. You mean business but you also know how to live a little. Inspire this in your clients. Peep-toes are practical and beautiful when worn with knee length skirts or trousers. Probably best to wear without tights. Right now you can have fun with the range of heels out there from conical, slim and block.
Maybe you are coach or a consultant working one to one with people, an almond toe gives off an air of approachability and a down to earth attitude. It still screams professional in in a softer feminine way and is a little easier on the toes. They look great with wrap dresses and cropped trousers.
The pointed toe adds a bit of seriousness to a situation whatever the heel height, perfect for giving you that ‘empowered’ feeling. Pitching to a new client or at a conference, grab your ‘pointy toes’. It’s the best style to create a longer looking leg. You can enhance the length further by replicating the colour of your skirt or trouser for added length. Let the toe play peekaboo with your trousers to give a further lean, long look.
This is also a versatile shoe for both formal work wear and fun light days, when you have that Friday feeling. This is a super-flattering style because it helps to make all feet look smaller. I always look for a round or almond toe, as my feet border on 7 or 7.5 – so making them look petite is a bonus! The flat ballet pump exudes the Audrey Hepburn appeal when paired with cropped or straight-leg trousers.
So why not have a play, and experiment with your footwear as you are out and about with clients or working on your business this week. Even if you are sitting at your computer or laptop in a home-office situation, or speaking with clients on the phone – a more formal pair of shoes can make you feel more empowered and productive!
If you are keen to find out how to pull together your perfect statement shoe pieces, that work for your style and body shape, why not join me in the Style Collective. It’s a fabulous place that’s a mix of style mentoring and professional advice when you need it. It’s also packed full of resources and tools to help you develop your personal brand and style over time, in a way that’s right for you.