What Shoes to Wear Is Easy With Variety Of Comfortable
Womens Dress Shoes

Knowing what shoes to wear for professional, dress, and casual-dress occasions is easier than ever as more comfort manufacturers enter the womens shoe market.

The basic styles are the

  • classic womens pump
  • Mary Jane
  • slip-on or loafer type
  • lace-up.

Classic Pump Works with Professional Suits, Dresses, and Skirts

The womens pump is a simple slip-on with rounded vamp and any height heel.

The vamp is the most visible part of the shoe covering the toes and front of the foot.

The most comfortable womens dress shoes will have a heel height of two-inches or lower.

Other variations of the classic womens pump are a square vamp, a V vamp, open-toes, and even the sling-back.

When you are wondering what-shoes-to-wear, the classic pump is the perfect choice. It goes with skirts, dresses, and dressier slacks.

You cannot go wrong with a classic pump. The selection of extremely-comfortable-shoes for dress and business wear is widening briskly.

Ballerina Flat May Be Worn Dressy or Casual

One variation of the classic pump is the ballerina flat, a pump with almost no heel height.

The small tie at the front of the typical ballerina flat, mimicking the tie on actual ballet dance slippers, illustrates the embellishments that may decorate a womens pump.

Bows, grommets, and contrasting trim may add visual interest to the classic womens pump.

Some of these, such as bows, may be clipped on by you to change the look of the shoe. Hair accessories may work and crafty gals may design their own.

Bows, rhinestones, and the like do not dress up plaid slacks and shorts or Capri-length slacks. They suggest that the wearer does not know what-goes-with-what.

On the other hand, a plain ballet flat goes with almost everything. It's understated elegance keep the eyes focused on other costume elements.

If you wear diabetic orthotics, here are some suggestions for diabetic dress shoes.

Are Sling-Back Shoes Business Appropriate?

If you want comfortable womens dress shoes, the sling-back is a questionable choice. This style replaces the back of the shoe with an adjustable strap, usually with a buckle and elastic.

Elastic is prone to stretch. Then, the straps slide down on one's hose. I have to bend down to reposition the straps frequently, sometimes after walking only a brief distance.

I wouldn't want to flee from a possible attacker wearing these.

Open-Toes Shoes Open Employers to Workplace Injuries

As for open-toe shoes, my feet slide down and the opening pinches.

Employers usually prefer that women wear closed-toe shoes for safety reasons. Imagine dropping a toner cartridge on your exposed feet!

The more formal and expensive your work environment, the less appropriate are slingback and open-toe shoes. Do not wear these to an upscale law office, court, or employment interview.

Open-toe and sling-back shoes are flirty and feminine. This is not the image to project as a mature women at work.

They are fine for dressier occasions.

Each of us, however, has uniquely shaped feet and comfort needs. You have to decide for yourself if these style options are for you.

Mary Jane Shoe Is Perfect with Everyday Dresses, Skirts, and Pant Suits

Many formerly athletic shoe manufacturers -- such as Timberland and Merrell -- are now manufacturing Mary Janes as they move into the womens dress and casual shoe markets.

The Mary Jane has a dainty, feminine look. The stylish strap is a design element that conceals the extra attention to fit provided by the cross-strap.

If you are wondering what-shoes-to-wear with everday dresses, and skirts, the Mary Jane may be worn for all but the dressiest occasions.

You also may wear the Mary Jane with long slacks that conceal the strap. Then they look like classic pumps.

When Not to Wear A
Mary Jane Shoe

Most of the time, we would not wear a Mary Jane shoe with a chiffon ball gown or a sophisticated little black dress.

You may be able to hide the Mary Jane beneath a very long evening skirt or full palazzo-style pants. In a pinch, we can -- in the words of fashion guru Tim Gunn -- make it work.

The Mary Jane also is serviceable when worn with a pant suit, so long as your pants are long enough to have a break.

Definition of "The Break" in Slacks' Line

The break is a tiny fold where the front of the slacks meets your instep. This naturally hides the strap, so only the smooth vamp appears outside the slacks.

Slacks with a slight break is a more professional look and creates a long, lean line that flatters most figures. It is not professional to show socks and ankles between the top of the shoe and the slacks' hem.

The break, a term I am borrowing from menswear, is not a dreadfully rumpled bottom that needs to be hemmed.

An appropriate break may be achieved if the pant hem meets the place where the shoe upper meets the heel. This length may need to extend slightly past that seam if you are wearing a higher heel or 1.5-2.5 inches.

I like to fit my slacks for a relatively low-heeled shoe. Then, if I switch to a 2-inch heel, my ankles still will not show. The front of the pant will brush or nearly brush the top of my foot.

If you have attractive, well-shaped legs, the Mary Jane is versatile enough to wear for more casual occasions with shorter slacks and even with Capri pants.

Comfortable casual shoes come in a wide range of styles, including womens lace up shoes, slip-ons, and clogs.

Buying Shoes Online Offers Variety and Convenience

Now that you know what-shoes-to-wear for business and everyday outfits, let's consider the opportunities for shopping online.

I started pampering my increasingly happy feet some time ago. Finding comfortable womens dress shoes locally may involve endless driving, only to discover a style I like that’s not available in my size and no longer in production.

Ordering online shoes saves me lots of time and frustration.

Naturalizer offers an incentive to shop online with exclusive offers available only on the web. Shop now for Naturalizer styles available online only at Naturalizer.com!. I have at least two pairs of Naturalizer flats that offer good comfort and value for the price.

Free Shipping BOTH ways on Shoes at Zappos.com!Zappos free shipping both ways. So far, I have not encountered any unadvertised return shipping charges for shoes at Zappos -- but such policies can change at any time.

In addition, Zapposzappos link has complete descriptions of the padding in comfortable womens dress shoes and product reviews by customers like you.

Zappos.comzappos shoes glossary link even has a glossary of shoe-related words, such as vamp and slingback. Just type "glossary" into the search box on the home page.

Related Stories

Comfortable Casual Shoes May Be Worn with Slacks, Capris, Shorts, and Some Skirts

Extremely Comfortable Shoes Can Be Smart & Stylish

Womens Lace Up Shows Offer You Casual Comfort

Diabetic Dress Shoes Are Achieved with Tricks Of Artful Dressing

Easy Spirit Slippers Are Perfect For Airline Travel or Everyday Errands

Black and White Dress Shoes Tell Others You Are A Classy Dresser

> What Shoes to Wear
What's New | Contact | Home

DISCLOSURE "We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites."
Fashion After 50 participates in Google Adsense and other affiliate programs for products and text links you see on the site pages. I appreciate your clicks and purchases that make this site possible.

Hot Flash news



Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Special Offers.

Support Wikipedia



Avenue.com Plus Size Clothing

Boscov's Department Stores


Kohls Department Stores Inc

NOVICA logo with white background

PeruvianConnection.com Logo 88x31

Shop Wilsons Leather Today!

Deal of the Week

Shop at Zappos.com