As summer winds down, there’s one thing I know I won’t miss—the abundance of dirty plastic flip-flops I see on my fellow commuters day after day. Seriously? It seems that people have no pride in the shoes they don on the way to work before they change into more appropriate footwear at the office.
But there’s really no excuse for wearing beat-up flip-flops or ratty sneakers—who knows who you might run into at Starbucks or in the elevator? Plus, there are so many options for comfortable shoes that don’t illicit shame when you look down at your feet. Some are even nice enough that you can rock them all day!
Check out these commute shoes that actually look good—ladies, I’ve pulled together perfect picks for each season, and guys, yours are suitable all year long. Here’s to commuting in style!
When the heat gets unbearable, a simple, neutral-colored leather sandal goes with everything. These flats are all easy to pull on quickly and go with almost anything. Even if they aren’t as formal as what you’ll wear at the office, they still look polished and like you put a little effort into what you threw on before you ran to the subway.
Maybe it’s because cooler temps are rapidly approaching, but I can’t wait for fall shoes. Nothing says autumn like some menswear-inspired brogues or loafers, especially this season—and the best part is, they’re super comfortable for getting to work. For a more polished option, try some simple d’Orsay black flats or a classic nude leather ballerina flat.
Winter is definitely tough when it comes to finding comfortable commute shoes that keep you warm and hide away easily once you get to the office. If you’re allowed to wear boots to work, take advantage of it and don a sleek pair of flat leather boots. If you have to wear heels or more formal shoes, however, try investing in a pair of Chelsea ankle boots for your commute. They’re easy to pull on and off, and they look good with everything from dresses and tights to slim-fitting pants. If it’s really chilly where you live, see if you can find a pair with hidden fur or fleece lining to keep your feet extra toasty.
As winter thaws and flowers start to bloom, nothing is more exciting than getting to wear those pretty dresses and skirts that have been collecting dust in the back of your closet. Find some shoes that make you feel like it’s spring—pastel and beige leather sandals and ladylike flats are perfectly acceptable and comfortable alternatives to those 99-cent Old Navy flip-flops.
Shoes for Dudes
Those 10-year-old New Balances that you don’t even wear to the gym might be comfortable, but there are tons of other sneaker options—not to mention lots of nice monk strap, oxford, and dress boots—that feel just as good and look a lot better trudging to work. Try one of these classy options for your subway ride instead.