By Kristin Granero
You should never have to wear heels to the office (after all, your skills and dedication should be what’s taking you to new heights). But, if you want to, you should at least never have to do it at the expense of your feet and overall sanity.
Giving a big presentation is stressful enough without having to suffer through painful blisters and a heel spur, which is why we’re happy to report more and more brands are designing footwear with your 9 to 5 (or even longer work day) in mind.
Read on for eight heels that consumers have come to love for being as practical as they are posh.
1. Banana Republic Madison 12-Hour Rounded-Topline Pump
This go-to pump from Banana Republic ($118) is designed with an exclusive padding system (consisting of a memory foam and a cushioned insole), and features skid-resistant soles for staying afloat during slippery commutes. Available in leather or suede—and five classic shades—consider it an investment piece that becomes more affordable with every wear.
2. A New Day Women’s Michaela Pump
Blocked heels offer a way to put a little pep in your step without having to sacrifice stability. Especially great for warmer months, this open-toe style from Target’s new fashion line A New Day ($25) is backed by nearly 400 positive reviews, and has a higher sister heel for those looking to take things to the next level.
3. Sam Edelman Ludlow Slingback Kitten Heel
Kitten heels are another great option for those looking for just a little pick-me-up. This pair from Sam Edelman ($130) boasts an adjustable buckle strap for a custom fit and a playful, yet still polished, print for packing some additional punch to your basics.
4. J.Crew Patent Kitten-Heel Sandals
With a 4.5 star rating, another favorite among our kitten heel list is this sandal-style heel from J.Crew (Factory; $81). It’s sophisticated enough for the boardroom, dressy enough for fancier occasions, and frequently on sale should you want to scoop up a few pairs to be safe.
5. Steve Madden Insist Heel
Get in on the slide trend, without looking like you’re headed to the beach, with this chic design from Steve Madden ($90). It’s available in black and camel shades, and makes the perfect complement to wide-legged or cropped pants (not to mention your favorite jeans come the weekend).
6. Aldo Juliett Heel
The wooden heel lends an earthy touch to this double-strap heel from Aldo ($75), available in black or light pink (neutral) shades. An extra strap around the heel ensures everything stays in place and feet don’t slide or rub when you’re getting where you need to be.
7. GAP Grommet Block Heel Sandal
This is another one of those styles (from GAP; $45) that goes with just about everything. And it’s a good thing because, with its classic ankle strap and grommet detailing, you’ll likely want to wear it a lot. Not only is the heel versatile and comfy, but it comes in three shades—we personally love the cognac—for mixing things up.
8. Everlane The Editor Heel
Last, but certainly not least, this fresh take on a kitten heel from the eco-conscious fashion brand Everlane ($165) has been selling out for its sleek design and wearability. The 100% Italian suede also has a slight stretch to it for added comfort.
Kristin Granero has 10 years of experience in journalism and digital media, having written for publications like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women’sI Health and Teen Vogue, and managed social campaigns for TV networks like HBO. When she’s not exploring the latest industry trends or serving up tips for Ed, she’s searching for the latest and greatest guac in New York City.