I love shoes, but I recognize not everybody is like me. I’ll admit I have more than what I need, but who’s judging? Anyways, that’s not the topic of this article, what I really wanna tell you is what I think are the best women’s shoes. Because after all, some people just don’t care about shoes or are more practical and just want a good few pairs that they can throw in with almost anything. That pair that covers all bases: best heels for work, dressy enough to feel good, but comfy enough to move freely without walking weird after a few hours in.
I confess that I had a pair of Cole Haan Tali wedge pumps that I wore to work almost every day until the suede started looking so faded they were no longer black. I still have that pair; they’re among the best “heels” for work. I refuse to throw them out -not that I’m a shoe hoarder- but they’re also rarely in stock, so that’s my excuse. A legit excuse.
Without further ado:
The best women’s shoes…two options
If you only want to buy one pair of shoes, I suggest you get either a pair of pump high heels or pointy kitten heels. If you get both in black you’ll have all your bases covered. No matter which one you choose, I think both styles are the best heels for work, going out, and life in general…as long as you’re not going to Costco!
I do think shoes can change your mood, or at least your posture if you don’t choose well. But while you want to look and feel good, you also want to strike a balance.
I prefer a full pump that holds the entire heel, as opposed to strappy or slingback pumps, because they give more stability when walking and you don’t feel like you have to carry the shoes as you walk, like when you wear mules. They also give your feet better arch support, which is more important than looking good and all that. I actually read recently that wearing flat, unsupportive shoes is worse than wearing heels.
Pump high heels: the overall best women’s shoes. You can never go wrong with them.
I think pump high heels are classic, timeless and make you look pulled together with little effort. The good thing about wearing them is that you can have a toenail polish disaster going on and no one will know. They also make your legs look longer, especially if they have no straps, by creating the illusion that your leg ends at the very tip. A shade closer to your skin color will help you pull this trick off better.
Generally, you want to aim for heels between 3 to 4 inches. Ideally 3.5. If they have a platform in the front part, where your toes and the ball of the foot falls, you can subtract that height from the heel height so you have less of an arch and you’ll be more comfortable. So 4 inch heels with a .5 inch platform are more comfy than no platform at all, where your foot is more arched.
A good example is the Nine West Women’s Kristal Leather Dress Pump, which I bought on Amazon Warehouse Deals.
If you decide to wear them for work, remember to always have an extra pair of comfy heels or sneakers under your desk, in case you get tired or need to run. They should be part of your secret work stash to get thru the day and keep your sanity. Haha.
Pointy Kitten Heels: the best heels for work.
I prefer pointy kitten heels for everyday use because they’re practical, only about 2.5 inches high, and as easy as it gets to look polished without sacrificing ease of movement. The fact that they’re suede makes them more flexible and gentle on your feet. Like the other pumps, they’re also forgiving if your nails are not looking pretty.
I especially love wearing kitten heels with skinny jeans and a blazer – my signature look since I was 15. They also look cute with A-line skirts and above-the-knee dresses, very flattering if you’re not too tall. I really think they’re the overall best women’s shoes, because not only are they “dressy walking shoes” (I mean not walking shoes like sneakers, there’s nothing like that), but they’re comfortable enough to walk all day in them. I also think they’re the best heels for work, if you’re on your feet a lot but not all day, and need to run errands after.
That’s why I love kitten heels, because they give the option of looking pulled together without the suffering of being in stilts.
One last thing, so you get the best deal when you’re ready to shop
No matter which style you decide on, remember to search for them on Amazon Warehouse Deals, which can save you a few bucks.
If you can’t find the shoes on Amazon, do a quick search for “kitten heels” or “pump high heels” on Google, and see what comes up. Your Ebates browser extension will tell you who’s giving cashback (usually big chain stores), and BAM! You got yourself some extra cash! 😉
So have you been wondering: 1) what the best women’s shoes are, 2) or are you looking for the best heels for work or, 3) do you crave some dressy walking shoes? Surprisingly, the answer to all three is the same: if you can only buy a pair of heels, buy a pair of pump high heels or kitten heels. Or even better, get both styles in black, and you won’t look back.
That’s my take!
What do you think are the best dressy women’s shoes? Have you tried kitten heels, what was your experience and which brands do you prefer? Confess and tell me what’s that pair you can’t part ways with? 🙂
Tom @ Dividends Diversify says
Hi Lily, You are a little out of my league here. 🙂 But, I will just say hi and will choose to stick with the Caveman beer reviews that Miguel writes up. Tom
Hi Tom! Thanks for stopping buy! You definitely made me laugh! Haha! And if a lady in your life ever asks about heels, now you known where to turn!
fin$avvy panda @ finsavvypanda.com says
Great post about dressy shoes! I actually found this page bc I saw it on Tom’s tweet lol.
I am a fan of timeless classic heels. I have a Michael Kors pair that I’ve been wearing since 2014 and it is still in excellent shape!! In the past, I’ve bought so many pairs “on sale” that I haven’t worn. It’s pretty sad but true.
I still have a pair that my cousin gave me — the louboutins. She was so excited giving those to me. She told me how great they are but I never wore them because I can’t find myself walking in those!! Sometimes I feel they were just made for looks rather than being practical. Yikes!! I don’t even wanna know how much they cost.
Thanks Fin$avvy Panda! LOL! Yes, Michael Kors makes good shoes, they last me an eternity and are so comfy. I agree with you, I’ve also made the mistake of buying stuff ’cause it’s on sale only to barely wear it. The Louboutins…oh I can relate! I have ONE pair of patent red pumps, 4.5 inches, no platform. All of that means they’re so painfully hard to walk in that I have only worn them twice. They were a gift from Miguel in our honeymoon. One day I’ll tell the story of how we ended up buying those incredibly expensive shoes! Haha! 🙂 If you’re not emotionally attached to them consider selling them on TheRealReal, a luxury consignment website! They are definitely for looks, at least that model, and run at over $550…painful!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Lily
Love it!!!! I will give it a try even though I’ve always felt like I will fall off of shoes with no straps.
Thanks Dayna!! Yes, give them a try! You won’t be disappointed, but make sure you get the right size! Have fun! 🙂
Mrs. Groovy says
I’m out of my league too! The only heel I own are on boots — and one pair of 3 inch heel black pumps I wear for weddings!
Those beige ones are one sexy pair of shoes! Does Miguel notice what you wear? Mr. Groovy and I often joke about those real life mystery murder shows on TV, where they husband says “She’s gone! Her (whatever piece of clothing) is not in the closet! My husband would have no idea if I was gone, based on my clothing.
The Rich Miser says
Hey Mrs. Groovy!
Oh my, I think I’m in trouble 🙂 I’ll say I do notice what Lily wears, but only when she’s actually wearing it. She’ll often ask me if I remember what she wore to an event and I’ll have no clue.
I have to confess that I would not know Lily was gone, based on her clothes.
Hi Mrs. Groovy! LOL How funny, most of my boots are flats! I see you’re ahead of the curve with the 3 inch black pumps! That supports my theory, that’s really the only shoe we really need…how exciting!! Miguel has noooooo idea what I wear. Haha. He has no recollection of anything I’ve worn! I think we ultimately dress for ourselves with such absent minded husbands! LOL 🙂
I couldn’t agree more with your article. I actually have a pair of Calvin Klein kitten heels that I wear almost everyday to work. They are so comfortable!!! Although, I had no idea they were called kitten heels until reading your post. And to be truthful, I have two pairs, as I bought them in two colors; and I would definitely buy them again if given the chance…
Hi Heidi!! Oh I’m so glad you enjoy them as much as I do! Yes, once you have your basics in black it’s a slippery slope into other colors! haha!! I love Calvin Klein heels too! They last me a long time, I have a pair of white kitten slingbacks, you know the ones that have a strap in the back of your ankle, while they are not as comfy as a closed pump they look so cute. I love them with jeans. They’re called “Calvin Klein Patsi” search them on Amazon, you’ll loooove them! 😉
Good article…sometimes we have certain event and we start to struggling on what shoes to wear. Now I have your inputs and are very helpful. And better…I have your two options in my closet…yess!! I agree with you about the heels with tbe platform. It is more comfortable. Thank you!
Thanks Judith! You’re ahead of the game…it took me some time to figure this out! 🙂
I am a Cole Haan addict. More and more of my shoes are Cole Haan now. I have a pair of Cole Haan suede teal shoes that have the “Nike Air” technology and they are super comfortable.
I just heard on the radio that Nine West is filing for bankruptcy!
Hi GYM! I love the Cole Haan’s with Nike Air technology, they’re the best! I’m saddened to hear about Nine West! 🙁 I’ll look into it! Hopefully someone buys it!! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂