Best Heels For Work Reviewed & Rated

It can be hard to find a shoe you can commit to for eight hours or more at a time, especially when it comes to heels. Fortunately, we have done the heavy lifting for you. We’ve searched far and wide for the best, most comfortable heeled shoes for the working woman; whether you’re working at an office or a diner, these shoes will be comfortable for your entire shift.

Last Updated: December 20, 2017
By Sarah Campbell:

This update includes the creation of the post, the introduction, conclusion, and top ten list, as well as the addition of links to other relevant posts on the site.

Featured Recommendations

Dansko Maria
  • Dansko Maria
  • 4.6 out of 5
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  • Pu Otusole
  • Stain Resistant
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Cobb Hill Aubrey
  • Cobb Hill Aubrey
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • EVA Footbed
  • Adjustable Strap
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Anne Klein Expert
  • Anne Klein Expert
  • 4.3 out of 5
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  • IFLEX Sole
  • Leather
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Heels can come in a variety of heights and styles, so finding the objectively best heel is a bit of a tall order. It can be difficult to judge the quality of a stiletto heel against the quality of a wedge platform, since a lot of it comes down to personal preference. We have chosen the best from a wide array of heights and styles.

Whether you prefer a four inch stiletto or a two inch platform heel, we have something on this list for you. The main common thread among all of these shoes is that comfort is the most important feature. If you’re going to toil away at a desk for the entire day, your feet might as well feel nice while you do it. While these shoes were mostly selected for their use in a professional environment, they are all comfortable enough to wear around town on your big night out as well. These shoes will all feel as nice as they look.

 

10 Best Heels for Work

 

1. Cobb Hill Angelina

A fashionable shoe designed with comfort in mind. Unlike those other hard shoes that pinch your toes, these heels have an EVA insole so you can look fabulous and not feel as if you’re dancing on knives. These shoes are made from real leather. The heel is about an inch and a half. These are excellent shoes for someone who isn’t especially comfortable walking on heels. The textile lining allows for maximum breathability, making these the perfect summer shoe.
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Extra Cushioning
Between the EVA insole and the cushioning on the footbed, you won’t have to worry about your feet aching after a long day in the office. Finally, a shoe that is as comfortable as it is fashionable.

TR Outsole
It’s hard enough to keep your footing in heels without them sliding out from under you because they don’t have any traction. Fortunately, Rockport Cobb Hill thought of this, and has added an outsole that will grip onto hard surfaces.

Cost and Value
These shoes are definitely on the pricey side. As comfortable and stylish as they are, they could very well become a staple shoe in your wardrobe. They are versatile enough to be well worth the price.
Pros
  • EVA Insole
  • TR Outsole
  • Leather
  • Breathable fabric liner
Cons
  • Customers report the toe box is a little tight

3. Anne Klein Expert

These more traditional looking heels are a must have for anyone looking for an affordable sling-back heel to wear around the office. This heel measures around 1.75 inches. In keeping with the more classic look and feel of this design, the real leather strap comes with an adjustable buckle instead of velcro to hold your strap in place. The soft synthetic soles flex with your feet, allowing for maximum comfort.
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IFLEX Sole
Anne Klein understands that every shoe needs just a little bit of give to keep your feet comfortable. The synthetic sole of this shoe will flex with your feet while you walk.

Leather
Although some people may find the use of leather morally objectionable, the fact of the matter is that leather is more durable and longer lasting than its synthetic counterparts.

Cost and Value
These shoes are surprisingly affordable for a big name brand like Anne Klein. Between the low price and how long these shoes will last, the price tag is more than a bargain.
Pros
  • IFLEX Sole
  • Leather
  • Adjustable strap with a real buckle
  • Durable
Cons
  • Colors are not as advertised

2. Clarks Delsie Bliss

For heels with a little more lift, we have the Clarks Artisan Delsie Bliss. This heel measures three inches. The body of the shoe is made from full grain leather, and the outsole is made from a composite rubber for extra traction and flexibility. The shoe is lined with an Ortholite insole that will keep your feet cool, dry, and comfortable all day long.
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Ortholite Insole
Ortholite is a long lasting breathable foam that resists compression. Your feet will remain cushioned and cool for as long as you own this shoe. On top of the breathability and comfort, Ortholite also helps control moisture in the shoe, keeping your feet from sweating and stinking up the office.

Steel Shank
The shank of this shoe, the supportive part of the shoe that goes under the arch, is made of steel. This allows for more support and stability than you might find in other shoes.

Cost and Value
These shoes are on the more expensive side of the spectrum, but the quality makes it well worth the price. If you're looking for a dependable high heel shoe with staying power, this shoe is worth considering.
Pros
  • Full Grain Leather
  • Steel Shank
  • Ortholite Insole
  • Rubber Outsole
Cons
  • Narrow Toebox

4. Anne Klein Tamarow

4. Anne Klein Tamarow
If you find three inch heels to be a little intimidating but also want a serious lift, these wedge pumps may be more your speed. The heel measures approximately two inches, and I find wedge heels to offer more stable footing than other types of heel. The body of the shoe is made from fabric while the sole is synthetic. These shoes are as comfortable as they are stylish.
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Foam Insole
The lightweight foam insoles aid in cushioning and shock absorption, allowing you to be on your feet for longer without having to worry about foot pain after a long day at the office.

Fabric Body
Sturdy yet lightweight and breathable fabric will keep your feet cool and comfortable all day long. With the open design, these shoes are perfect for those hot summer days.

Cost and Value
Another surprising value, these shoes are extremely affordable. If you need a dependable pair of wedge heels for the office or a night on the town, these shoes are an excellent bargain.
Pros
  • Foam Insole
  • Run true to size
  • Arch Support
  • Less lower back pain than other kinds of heel
Cons
  • Some customers report a tight toe box

5. Dansko Maria

5. Dansko Maria
If you're looking for a nice boot to wear around the office, look no farther than Dansko's Maria Boot. This stylish boot is made from real leather with a contoured wooden sole. There is a steel shank embedded in the wood, and the insole is made of soft leather. The leather has been treated and is stain resistant. The heel measures two inches.
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Pu Outsole
The outsole and tread are comprised of a synthetic hand finished Pu material. It is designed for added shock absorption and traction even in snowy or icy conditions.

Stain Resistant
Accidents happen, and sometimes you get mud or coffee all over your new shoes. Fortunately, Dansko has your back. These boots have been treated for stain resistance. They're easy to clean, and with proper care will look good as new.

Cost and Value
Admittedly, these shoes are a little pricey. They're of a high enough quality, that dropping a few extra dollars on them feels more than fair, especially considering how comfortable and long lasting they are.
Pros
  • Steel shank
  • Pu Outsole
  • Stain Resistant
  • Leather
Cons
  • Runs a little small

6. Calvin Klein Gayle

6. Calvin Klein Gayle
A stylish, minimalistic pump from Calvin Klein. This shoe offers a modern twist on a classic style. It comes equipped with a Wear-to-Work comfort pad, making these the perfect choice if you're looking for a comfortable heel for those long days at the office. They come in a wide variety of colors and fabric choices. Take a look at these heels to see which one you like best.
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Wear-to-Work Comfort Pad
As the name implies, this gel-pod foot pad will provide extra comfort for your feet while you work. They'll help prevent blisters, and keep your feet from getting sore.

Slip-Resistant Outsoles
The outsole is made from a slip-resistant rubber for better traction and shock absorption. You won't need to worry about losing your footing on a tile floor in these shoes.

Cost and Value
These shoes may very well be the most expensive pair on this list. The quality of this shoe is high enough that it may be worth paying a little extra for it. Given the variety of styles and colors, it can't hurt to look and see if you see one you like.
Pros
  • Wear-to-Work Comfort Pad
  • Slip-Resistant Outsole
  • Flexible
  • Wide Variety of Colors
Cons
  • Leather is stiff with little give

7. Cobb Hill Aubrey

7. Cobb Hill Aubrey
This updated classic provides modern comfort to a retro style. This sandal-style medium-low heel measures an inch and a half, perfect for someone who is looking for a little lift. The adjustable strap comes with a buckle at the ankle, allowing you to tighten or loosen the fit to suit your need. The outsole is rubber, while the footbed is made from EVA foam for extra comfort.
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EVA Footbed
It's hard to beat the comfort of EVA foam when it comes to insoles. This compression-resistant foam will cushion and support your feet all day long.

Adjustable Strap
Do you need your shoe to be a little tighter, or do you like to have a little more room to breathe? The adjustable strap will allow you to make the shoe fit to suit your need.

Cost and Value
This is a good middle of the road shoe both in terms of heel height and price. If you're looking for a cute heeled sandal and don't feel like shelling out the extra cash for a Calvin Klein, these are probably right in your wheelhouse.
Pros
  • Adjustable Strap
  • EVA Footbed
  • Leather
  • Rubber Sole
Cons
  • Leather is stiff

8. Nine West Flax

8. Nine West Flax
This stiletto-style heel measures around three and a half inches. Between the striking heel and pointed toes, this shoe may seem a little severe and painful, but it is actually quite comfortable and flexible. You will look stunning in these shoes without having to spend your day counting the minutes until you can finally take them off. The subtle sparkle adds a little bit of fun to this classic design.
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Leather
The body of this shoe is made of leather. The durable and supple material will never go out of style, making these shoes a staple for anyone who needs a pair of black or peach pumps.

Rubber Sole
This sole is made from a synthetic rubber material. The soft rubber sole will flex with your foot as you walk, allowing you a more comfortable ride.

Cost and Value
The Nine West Flax Pumps are an affordable classic that could very well become a wardrobe staple for any business woman. If you want a stiletto heel, these are definitely worth looking into.
Pros
  • Leather
  • Rubber Sole
  • True to Size
  • Long Lasting
Cons
  • Nude Is More Orange Than Peach

9. Clarks Brier Dolly

9. Clarks Brier Dolly
A cute round-toed pump that will never go out of style. The heel measures approximately three and a quarter inches, with an ortholite footbed for maximum comfort. The platform measures around three quarters of an inch, so the angle of the heel is a little less severe than you may think. The body of the shoe is made from leather, while the sole is synthetic.
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Rounded Toe
The rounded toe allows for more comfort and room in the toebox, while offering a 'softer' looking style than the other shoes on this list. These are a great alternative for someone who doesn't like pointed toe shoes.

Ortholite Footbed
The compression-resistant foam of the Ortholite footbed will cushion your feet all day. The material is extremely breathable, and will keep your feet cool and dry throughout the entire day.

Cost and Value
These shoes are a little pricey, but not prohibitively so. If you need a comfortable shoe with big platform and a lot of lift, these shoes are an excellent choice.
Pros
  • Leather
  • Ortholite Footbed
  • Rounded Toe
  • Moulded Heel
Cons
  • Run a little large

10. Dansko Sophie Sandal

10. Dansko Sophie Sandal
The Dansko Sophie Sandal is as comfortable as it is stylish. The open toe, backless design gives your feet lots of room to breathe, while the padded footbed and thick platforms allow for superior shock absorption. The synthetic rubber grips the ground nicely. The straps are made of leather, and are adjustable with real buckles. The heel measures around two and a quarter inches.
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Foam Midsole
The midsole of this shoe is made from a soft, shock absorbing foam that is just as comfortable at the end of the day as it is when you first put the shoes on.

APMA Certified
The American Podiatric Medical Association has certified these shoes as promoting good foot health. If you were worried about wearing heels because they are bad for your feet and legs, you can wear these shoes without fear.

Cost and Value
These shoes are not cheap. That being said, they are a quality sandal that will last a long time. If you enjoy the open back style of shoe, these are definitely worth looking into.
Pros
  • Cushioned Footbed
  • Foam Midsole
  • Leather
  • Adjustable Straps
Cons
  • Run Small

High heels are not exactly known for their comfort, quite the opposite, in fact. They distribute your weight on your foot in a way that’s not quite natural, and can lead to some health problems down the line. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to find a pair of heels that won’t kill your feet. Many brands have heard the many complaints that their clientele has, and have been focusing on making fashionable shoes that are actually quite comfortable.

Hopefully this list has helped you find a shoe that will fit your style and budget. While these are the shoes that I, personally, feel are the best in their respective categories, a lot of it does come down to personal preference. All of the brands on this list are known to make high quality and comfortable shoes. Even if you didn’t find your dream shoe on this list, perhaps you will have found a place to start looking.