When it comes to choosing what to wear to work these days, many of us will have to delve deep into the back of our wardrobes to locate the clothes we once wore to the office. But with indoor dining opening from May 17, many employers have also summoned their staff back into the workplace.
If you’re planning to make the commute back to your building soon, you may want to wear something a little smarter for the nine to five than your weekend uniform.
From polished shift dresses to tailored suits and blouses, work wear not only ensures you look the part, but can help put you in a more professional mind-set too. Of course, it doesn’t stop with clothes; shoes matter too. For those who decide to wear heels to the office, there’s plenty of choice around.
While there’s a time and place for stilettos, work heels should be more office-appropriate; think a conservative heel, neutral colours and easy on the jazzy finishings.
Whatever your style and office culture, our roundup of the 50 best heels will see you put your best foot forward.
See our favourites below
LOEWE Black And White 100 Leather Pumps
A power heel made for striding through the office corridors, Loewe’s monochrome heels sport shirt collar detail on the back of the heel, making them an irresistible choice for office wear.
Rixo Seville Ivory
Once summer hits you'll want to be as comfortable as possible, and that means footwear that allows you to breathe. Rixo's new foray into the footwear realm offers retro-inspired designs that are perfect for adding a little quirky character to your workwear.
Maxine x Finally Torre Mules
Channelling the oh-so en vogue 90s look, the Maxine x Finally Torre mules are the elegant impressers of the season. Made from 100 per cent linen, the square toe is a welcome break from the classic curve and the burnt apricot shade is beyond beautiful.
Also available in natural linen.
LK Bennett Audrey Heather Croc Courts
Sweet style is easy in these pastel courts from LK Bennett. Standing just 5cm high, they work with skirts as well as trousers.
Salvatore Ferragamo Black And Gold Viva 55 Striped Pumps
Think you can’t do heels? Think again. Salvatore Ferragamo’s chic black and gold design comes with ultra-low heels that well keep you comfortable all through the working day.
Boden Natalie Kitten Heels - Dalmatian
Add some interest to your all-black work uniform with a splash on fun print. These Dalmation-esque slip-ons work well when paired with tailored trousers.
Checked Slingbacks with Block Heel
Every day’s a picnic in these gingham heels, made appropriate for the office thanks to the monochrome palette.
ASOS DESIGN Power slingback high heeled shoes in natural
The curved heels on these slingback shoes add quirky design interest. The neutral shade is ideal for summer dressing.
La Redoute Collections Suede Stiletto Heels
Jewel tones work well for all sorts of offices, whether it’s corporate or a smart casual dress code. Covered in an emerald suede with a metallic gold trim, these elegant heels will allow your feet to breathe thanks to the peep-toe detail.
Anonymous Copenhagen Suede Pointed Heels
If your office is on the relaxed side, these fun shoes will make a fabulous addition to your wardrobe. Add some style to your boardroom meeting and feel comfortable in them after-hours too.
Russell & Bromley Impulsive Block Heel Court
Looking for a great pair of heels to ease you back to the office? Clarks is always a worthy port of call, and you can find these elegant croc-effect courts online exclusively. The Cushion Plus technology in the sole helps to absorb the impact of every step, keeping you comfortable for longer.
LK Bennett Heaven Spot and Stripe Fabric Kitten Heel Mules
Dreaming of the seaside? Bring a little coastal charm to your work wardrobe with these spot and stripe kitten keels. The low height makes them perfect for anyone easing back into wearing heels on the regular.
Lucy Choi London Kew Black White Print
As the niece of footwear legend Jimmy Choo, Lucy Choi knows a thing or two about designing head-turning shoes. While most of her range are for parties and weekends, this pair works well for the return of the nine to five. A smart black and white colourway, given a lift with bow detail on the toe and subtle gold heel casing. Top marks.
ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Siena mid heeled mules in mustard
An easy pair to slip on first thing in the morning, these wide fit shoes from ASOS will work for the office as well as drinks afterwards.
LK Bennett Hilary Yellow & black Leather Block Heel Slingbacks
Give the all-black slingback a sunny upgrade with a burst of yellow. Also available in two less head-turning shades, this all-leather pair of shoes complement tailoring well.
JONAK Martine Pointed Strappy Heels
These formal shoes with a block heel and foot strap are ideal for your re-entry into the workspace. The brick hue makes them a classic pair you’ll reach for time and again.
ASOS DESIGN Spring bow mid heeled shoes in natural
Summer is hot on our heels but if it’s a lighter look you’re hankering for, these low block heels nail it in style. Extra points for the oversized bows on the toe.
CHLOÉ Scalloped suede pumps
A small detail like a scallop trim can make all the difference to your outfit. Chloe’s pumps come in a range of colours and materials too, so you can find the perfect pair for you.
COS Square Toe Leather Pumps
Clean lines and a refined hue, COS’s leather pumps make heading back into the office a delight.
PHASE EIGHT Suede Bow Court Shoes
Medium high heels in a soft suede can be the finishing touch to your back to work look.
Clarks Genoa55 Court Dark Tan Crocodile
Looking for a great pair of heels to help you back to the office? Clarks is always a worthy port of call, and you can find these elegant croc-effect courts online exclusively. The Cushion Plus technology in the sole helps to absorb the impact of every step, keeping you comfortable for longer.
Russell & Bromley Smokey Block Heel Slipper
This elevated version of a classic loafer has all the hallmarks of transcending dress-codes. It’s business at the front with a black suede body, and an elegant cocktail party at the back thanks to the tortoiseshell effect block heel.
ASOS DESIGN Spring mid heeled shoes with bow in green velvet
Proving velvet isn’t just for the winter months, these emerald kitten slingbacks are a nice alternative to black.
& Other Stories Criss Cross Heeled Leather Sandals
Finding work-appropriate shoes for the summer months can be an ordeal. This crossed leather iteration will keep air flowing nicely so your feet can breathe.
ASOS DESIGN Starship slingback mid heeled shoes in multi
80s nostalgia running high? Add some colour to your look with these retro slingbacks that are offered in a bubblegum pink and sorbet orange.
Cult Gaia Alia leather mules
A departure from traditional office shoes, these mules hold all their charm in the design, while the inoffensive nude tone make them perfect for teaming with all manner of colour palettes.
Kurt Geiger Burlington Buckled Leather Courtsâ
A reliable pair of comfortable nude heels is an office must-have, and we recommend these buckled courts from Kurt Geiger. Also available in navy, white and black.
Will’s Vegan Kilted Block Heels
With the look of a loafer but the height of a heel, these ethically-made block heels are made in Portugal and are 100 per cent vegan. If you're looking or expertly crafted vegan shoes you really can't do better than Will's Vegan.
Dear Frances Scrunch Mule, Black
Wood and leather combine to make this super sleek 5.5cm high heels, perfect for going from meetings to meetings.