When you’re on the job, you want to look polished and put together. But there’s also nothing worse than being physically uncomfortable and having sore feet at work, especially if you can avoid it. Filling your closet with comfortable slacks and blouses is one thing, but finding comfortable work shoes that don’t hurt your feet after a couple of hours isn’t always so easy.
If you’re like a lot of women, you might prefer classic ballet flats over a high heel shoe, and who can blame you? They’re not only comfy but also chic and sophisticated—everything you want in a work shoe. If you’re not sure which professional or comfortable flats to add to your 9-to-5 wardrobe, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a breakdown of the best styles for everyday wear at work.
Stylish Flats for Work
At Vionic, creating comfortable, arch support shoes that don’t sacrifice fashion is our forté, and we know a thing or two about stylish and cute flats for working professionals. The ideal pair will be fashion-forward with adequate arch support and a cushioned insole. That way, you won’t be dying to remove them at the end of the day. Check out our top seven picks below.
1. Slingback Flats
When it comes to stylish and comfortable flats for work, slingbacks are at the top of the list. If you love the look of slingback wedge heels but prefer a comfortable flat shoe for the office, this flat shoe style is the best of both worlds. In the spring and summer, you can rock a pair of slingback flats with your favorite trousers, a skirt, or a dress—no tights or nylons needed. When it’s colder outside, throw on a pair of tights and an overcoat, and you’re good to go with these black flats. Slingbacks are easy to pair with everything, making it a staple when it comes to comfortable work outfits.
Vionic carries practical and posh slingback work flats in a variety of colors and materials, including black leather, suede, and animal print. Each pair is biomechanically designed to support your natural alignment by hugging your arches and providing ample cushioning. Plus, the heel straps on our slingbacks offer an adjustable fit.
Loafers tend to be front and center when it comes to comfortable dress shoes for men, but we think they deserve more love in the women’s professional footwear category. These favorite flats give off an assertive, prepared vibe that’s perfect for work. You can wear them with pants, a pencil skirt, a jumpsuit, or even a pair of high-waisted, Bermuda-length pleated shorts.
When you browse professional soft leather flats from Vionic, you’ll find chic and sophisticated loafers that can be worn year-round. Our women’s styles have leather uppers, detailed stitching, and classic wooden heels that come in perfectly neutral hues.
3. Ballet Flats
A Ballet flat is a lightweight style with a rounded toe. Since they can be dressed up or down, they’re one of the most versatile types of shoes for women. And if you’re looking for dress flats for work, you should definitely consider getting a pair. We love the look of ballet-inspired flats with skirts and dresses, as well as with pleated trousers. For a more polished look, wear a blazer on top.
When you browse Vionic’s collection of ballet flats, you’ll find styles with:
- Leopard print, snake print, and other animal-inspired designs
- Navy, espresso, black, beige, gray, white and other neutral colors
- Metallic uppers in gold, rose gold, pewter, and champagne
- Eye-catching hues like red, pink, and yellow
- Dainty bows and other embellished accents
- Chic quilted-leather uppers
- Delicately stitched detailing
- Perforated leather detailing
With so many options, it might be hard to choose only one. Why not stock up with two or three pairs of ballerina flats? You can wear them any time of year, and they’re not just for the office. With our versatile ballet flats with arch support, you can plié from work to happy hour to dinner with friends and even into the weekend.
4. Pointed-Toe Flats
Pointed-toe shoes are also excellent dress flats for work. Slip-on styles, slingbacks, and a Mary Jane flat are all perfect for the office. Whether you’re attending a boardroom meeting, giving a presentation, heading to an office party, or interviewing for a new job, your ensemble will be on point. Not only that, but this endlessly versatile shoe can be worn with just about any professional attire. Pants, suits, pencil skirts, dresses—you name it.
With a pair of pointed flats from Vionic, you’ll look put-together and feel light on your feet. We carry a range of styles with classic silhouettes and various details, such as delicate buckles across the vamp, perforated uppers, and animal-print accents. As always, our pointed flats are designed with unbeatable comfort and arch support that you can depend on for hours on end.
Mules have been around for centuries, but these comfortable and cute flats are currently having a moment. If you’re not familiar with the trend, mules are essentially slip-on, closed-toe shoes with open backs. They come in both high heel and flat styles and are always appropriate for work. We adore the look of comfortable flat mules with dress pants, tapered slacks, professional jumpsuits, and knee-length trouser-style shorts.
Vionic’s take on the mule is a supportive and comfortable shoe that doesn’t slip off the foot. And of course, you can bet our styles are totally fashionable. We offer timeless designs with suede leather, loafer-style uppers, tassels, and stacked heels in neutral hues like toffee, black, and blush. When you shop our selection, you’ll also find modern mules with pointed toes, Mary Jane buckles, and animal-print uppers. Slide into a pair of Vionic women’s mules to make your work outfit look instantly more refined and elegant.
6. Derby Shoes
Derby shoes are closed-toe flats that both women and men can wear to work. Similar to Oxfords, they have laces and typically feature a somewhat pointed toe. Derby shoes are chic and sophisticated with a slightly sporty aesthetic. We love Derby shoes for women’s workwear because they can be worn in all four seasons with or without tights or socks. Lace up this fashion-forward style with a pair of trousers, a dress, or pleated shorts.
7. Slip-On Leather Shoes
If you’re looking for a practical, flat-soled footwear style for work that lends to a more casual appearance, you might consider a pair of slip-on leather shoes. They’re just as comfy as sneakers but slightly more professional. Whatever your workplace dress code is, you’ll be glad to have a pair of these comfortable shoes on hand.
The slip-on leather shoes from Vionic are made of premium soft leather with removable jersey-covered EVA footbeds and sturdy rubber outsoles for ultimate shock absorption. We offer slip-on styles in both medium and wide width shoes to accommodate feet of all shapes and sizes, which are ideal for women who spend the majority of their workdays on their feet.
Professional Flats for Women from Vionic
With so many styles of women’s shoes on the market, it can be hard to figure out what will look and feel the best on your feet. But if you’re looking for comfortable, supportive footwear that’s stylish and sophisticated, flats check all the boxes. If you’re wondering what to wear to work, we’ve got you covered. Whether your office dress code is formal, business-casual, or somewhere in between, the right pair from Vionic will help you dress for success.
Our favorite flats for working professionals include:
- Effortlessly chic slingback flats
- Sophisticated and versatile loafers
- Delicate and dressy ballet flats
- Endlessly posh pointed-toe flats
- Timeless and elegant mules
- Fashion-forward, seasonless Derby shoes
- Sporty yet professional slip-on leather shoes
The right pair of comfy flats can be worn any day of the week, including Casual Fridays and days you may need to look more put-together. And with Vionic, you never have to choose between fashion and comfort. Without foot pain or chronic discomfort from shoes that lack support, you can focus on the job in front of you.
When you shop for women’s flats and loafers from Vionic, you’ll discover lots of trendy footwear styles, each with our exclusive three-zone Vio-Motion Support technology hidden within the shoe. With every pair, you’ll get the orthotic arch support, heel stability, and soft cushioning your feet crave during a demanding workday.
Browse women’s flats from Vionic today.