Casual Work Shoes Got You Stumped? Alternatives to the Stiletto Pump

Solving the Question of What to Wear to the Office, image by Modedamour

When it comes to workwear, there’s one element in the modern office wardrobe that has SO many of Los Angeles Stylist Meg Gallagher‘s clients totally STUMPED! The element in question? Casual work shoes.
After years of sweatpants, it’s no wonder that the world has moved away from once-standard stiletto heels in the office.
The question remains: When building a casual work wardrobe, what is the best alternative to a traditional stiletto pump?

Heels give us confidence and poise when we go to meetings; They fight the feeling of “frumpiness” and flatter the leg in work trousers, dresses and skirts. And with full leg trousers and other billowy silhouettes defining the modern uniform, heels give necessary height to the leg that casual work shoes like flats and flat-heeled loafers just don’t provide.

We are loving the direction and height of trending shoe styles like Chunky Pumps, Kitten Heels, Platform Sneakers, Heeled Boots, Mules and Heeled Loafers. These shoe silhouettes give just enough elevation and support to keep you from swimming in the extra fabric of relaxed 2022 silhouettes. We love that these shoes also give that professional “heel” look, eliminating the feeling of “sloppiness” and bringing confidence and balance to the modern bend.

Want a perfectly curated wardrobe of work outfits tailored to your unique style and profession? Check out NYC & Los Angeles Personal Stylist Meg Gallagher’s wardrobe styling services here.

We’ve chosen a range of favorite heeled shoes that mix and match seamlessly with modern office wear! Use these pieces as a flawless replacement to stiletto shoes in your office wardrobe.

Shop Kitten Heels & Chunky Pumps

Kitten Heel Outfit for Work, Netaporter
Pillow Top Comfort Heel (Available in Multiple Colors)
Basic Chunky Heel Pump (Available in Multiple Colors)
Gianvito Rossi Black Suede Heels
Sam Edelman Basic Slingback Pumps (Available in Multiple Colors)

Shop Platform Sneakers

Platform Sneaker Work Outfit, Matchesfashion
Fontaina Suede Flatform Trainers
Mayze Puma Women’s Platform Sneakers (Available in Multiple Colors)
Nike Court Platform Animal Print Sneaker (Available in Multiple Colors)
Stack Edgy Pearl Platform Sneakers

Shop Ankle Boots

Ankle Boots for Fall, Netaporter
Black Suede Pointy Toe Booty (Available in Multiple Colors)
Jeffrey Campbell Nude Jerema Booties (Available in Multiple Colors)
Teal Tamara Mellon Bootie
Aimee Tan Staud Suede Short Boot (Available in Multiple Colors)

Shop Tall Boots

Tall Boot with Work Dress Outfit, Netaporter
Gomer Mid Boot in Taupe (Available in Multiple Colors)
Olive Suede Tall Boot (Available in Multiple Colors)
Red Trinity Knee High Tamara Mellon Boot
Croc Black Knee Boot
Marsden Over the Knee Boot

Shop Mules & Heeled Slides

Leather Mules Work Outfit, Netaporter
Simone Tan Mule (Available in Multiple Colors)
Calendo Kitten Heel (Available in Multiple Colors)
Black Velvet Kitten Heel Mules (Available in Multiple Colors)
70s Classic Clogs
Toteme Leather Mule

Shop Heeled Loafers

Heeled Loafers Work Outfit With Blazer, Matchesfashion
Sarah Flint Heeled Loafers (Available in Multiple Colors)
Black Uma Loafers
Lug Sole Loafer (Available in Multiple Colors)
Sam Edelman Black Slip on Loafers
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