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For so long during the Great Lockdown(s) due to the coronavirus pandemic, our commute to work has been from the bed to the kitchen table and back. If we left our beds at all . . . But now we seem to be approaching a New Normal, in which even hybrid working arrangements require a commute to the office. Remember that? The standing, the waiting, the walking, the inclement weather. So, what’s the best footwear for the return to the office? Our ace correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of 12 of the best shoes for women for the commute to work that are both comfortable and chic as we embark upon the Great Return to the office this fall 2021.

what are the best shoes to wear for the commute to the office in fall 2021?

Back to normal, back to the office, back to needing a pair of comfortable shoes to commute in.

best shoes for women to commute back to the office work

best shoes for women to commute back to the office work

Ahh commuter shoes. The very thought of them brings to mind Melanie Griffith’s Working Girl character, Tess McGill, and her infamous pair of white high-top Reeboks that she changed out of and into heels under her desk at work.


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Thankfully for all of us, a lot has changed since 1988. Work dress codes have relaxed, allowing us to step down from high heels and into something a little more comfortable. Shoes like flats, loafers, wedges and in some cases, even sneakers are acceptable footwear options for the workplace, making the days of changing your shoes under your desk all but a thing of the past.

But that doesn’t mean you can necessarily walk into the office wearing a pair of chunky, comfy Birkenstocks. Whether you work in a creative field or on the more corporate side, there’s a slew of comfortable yet chic options for women to be found in the realm of office commute shoes.

From low-heeled ankle boots to block heel pumps, we’ve found 12 work-appropriate, yet still very stylish shoes that will take you to the office, into your meetings and to whatever else comes your way during the day – all while keeping your feet comfortably happy.

comfortable chic shoes best for the work commute as the great return to the office unfolds

1. everlane the italian leather day glove

A slightly modern take on the traditional ballet flat, Everlane’s The Italian Leather Day Glove ($105) is perfect for minimalists. Featuring a buttery soft leather upper that molds to the shape of your foot and cushioned insole, the style will fit as seamlessly into your wardrobe as it does your foot.

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2. sara flint ellie boot

Sara Flint’s Ellie Boots ($525) were made for walking. Handmade in Italy, they feature an anatomical arch support plus a wider toe box to help prevent squishing your toes.

comfortable chic commuter shoes

Ellie Boots – $525

3. phillip lim alexa loafer

You can never go wrong with a classic loafer like these Alexa Loafers ($425) from Phillip Lim.

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4. isabel marant thalie studded leather clogs

There’s a reason that both hospital and restaurant workers don Dutch style shoes as part of their daily uniform. Click clack your way to work with these chic Isabel Marant Thalie Studded Leather Clogs ($430).

comfortable chic commuter shoes

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5. loewe soft derby flats

These Soft Derby Flats ($690) from Loewe are a softer, more feminine take on the oxford style shoe. Plus they go with practically everything.

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6. vivaia stella kitten heels

Unlike pairs with leather uppers, Vivaia’s Stella Kitten Heels ($99) knit with recycled plastic bottles won’t rub or cause blisters. For further comfort, they’re set atop a short, waved kitten heel and include a latex foam insole to cushion your every step.

Comfortable yet chic commuter shoes. Courtesy Photo.

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7. sorel joan uptown wedge boots

Rain or snow, these Sorel Joan Uptown Zip Wedge Boots ($200) will take you where you need to go while keeping your feet dry.

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8. larroudé lee flats

Larroudé Lee Flats ($250) are both office-worthy and easy enough for your commute.

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9. tod’s block heel pumps

These Block Heel Pumps ($665) from Tod’s will definitely put a stable spring in your step.

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10. stubbs & wootton slippers

Stubbs & Wootton Slippers ($500) will add some color – and a bit of joy – to getting dressed and out of the house.

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11. clergerie brook platform wedge derbies

Made with supple, soft leather, these Brook Leather Platform Wedge Derbies ($595) by Clergerie will mold to your feet, while the subtle platform wedge will provide some commanding height.

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12. the row marie sneakers

With post Covid office dress codes relaxing, maybe you are lucky enough to wear a pair of actual sneakers to the office? Channel your inner VP and pair these Marie Suede Low-Top Sneakers ($820) from The Row with a suit.

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comfortable shoes for women for the commute to work 2021

There you have it, our picks for the chicest and most comfortable shoes for women to wear commuting to the office. Which one will be your new fav?

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.


Jillian Tangen

Jillian is a lifestyle editor at Dandelion Chandelier covering topics like fashion, travel, entertainment and on occasion, even finance. She thinks there’s no such thing as having too many sweaters.