The three work shoe styles you need to know

The Loafer

No shoe quite says “ready for business” as a loafer. The classic Gucci menswear style is recommended by Erica Russo, vice-president and fashion director of accessories and beauty at Bloomingdale’s. “I love this style because the leather will give over time, making this a great fit,” she explains. Every Gucci loafer-wearing woman who we spoke with praises its immediate comfort as well.

For something a little more fashion-forward, try the Noelle loafers from The Row but they will set you back about $1000. “The soft suede makes them really easy wearing, right out of the box,” says Rati Levesque, chief operating officer of luxury consignment site RealReal.

If you’re not a fan of running with the Gucci pack, Bally’s loafers, which feature a fold-down back, are as luxe and, best of all, can be bought on sale a couple of times a year. Other classic brands include Tod’s, whose Double T style will last for years and have a comfy rubber sole. For Australian labels, try Bared, whose shoes are designed by a qualified podiatrist (don’t worry, they’re not dull orthopaedic shoes) or Habbot, whose slip-on loafers have just enough heel height to make them more work than weekend.

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