Office life can be a drag come summer. You sit in your beige cube and, if you’re lucky enough to be near a window, stare wistfully at the passers by soaking up the sun. But wait, fellow desk jockeys! Just because you’re stuck inside Monday to Friday, making the world a better place one Microsoft Office doc at a time, doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the season’s top fashion trends, like sweet, glorious, comfortable sneakers.
Here are 10 chic sneaks you can totally get away with wearing to work, plus what to pair them with.
10 chic summer sneakers you can totally wear to work
Keds for Kate SpadeThere are some collabs in life that just make sense, and the Keds for Kate Spade New York collection is one of them. Consider sporting these silver sparkly flats (which come threaded with silk laces) with a structured shift dress. This is the kind of footwear you could even get away with wearing to a wedding. Just sayin'.
Keds for Kate Spade New York, $114 at Nordstrom; shift dress, $160 at Banana Republic.Banana Republic
Fenty Puma by RihannaRihanna's new collab with Puma is lit (she just announced the line will be showing at New York Fashion Week again this autumn). Try these olive-hued bow-tie sneakers paired with a light-washed denim shirt-dress for a look that you totally can wear to werk, werk, werk, werk, werk.
Fenty Puma by Rihanna bow sneakers, $200 at Foot Locker; drawstring shirt dress, $34 at Reitmans.Reitmans
LacosteMillennial pink is making waves right down to the feet, and Lacoste's soft leather sneakers in said hue are decorated with a subtle embossed croc. Elevate the skate-shoe-like silhouette with a pleated tea-length skirt in a metallic material (another summer fav).
Lacoste Straightset 316 1, $160 at Town Shoes; pleated skirt, $125 at Revolve.Revolve
NikeNike's Cortez shoe is the definition of timeless--it's been kicking since the 70s and shows no signs of stopping. Wear these perforated sneaks in white and pair with navy-and-white stripe culottes for endless compliments.
Nike Cortez Classic Premium, $120 at Nike; culottes, $25 at H&M.H&M
Sam EdelmanHow do you make a pair of gingham kicks even more adorbs? Step one: add furry pom-poms. Step two: slip into a sleek V-neck jumpsuit for a work-ready look.
$133 at Sam Edelman; jumpsuit, $45 at Old Navy.Old Navy
AdidasYour dad probably had a pair of Gazelles and wore them until there were holes in the soles. This season, the cult-classic footwear gets a modern makeover with geometric cut-outs. Wear with a floral maxi with subtle side cut-outs that mimic the shoe's design, and ensure the dress hits just above the ankle.
Adidas Women's Gazelle Cutout, $120 at Get Outside; Pascal dress, $195 at Aritzia.Aritzia
Michael KorsThese take inspo from those wicker chairs that have lived at the cottage since the beginning of time. Offices with a more serious dress-code will approve of the heel-inspired pointy toe, but your feet won't care--they're too busy being all comfy-cozy thanks to the rubber sole. Wide-leg wine-coloured cargos FTW!
Michael Kors Val shoe, $150 at Browns; Citizens of Humanity wide-leg cargos, $218 at Anthropologie.Anthropologie
UGGIf your feet are chronically cold, a pair of summer UGGs will change your life, or, at the very least, give you one less thing to complain about. A pop of ultra-fine wool lines the heel inside, and the tan brushed suede on the outside is a nod to the 70s trend. Throw on a pair of denims, cuff the bottoms and you're set for casual Friday.
Kitlyn UGG shoe, $90 at Browns; 714 Straight Jeans, $84 at Levis.Levis
Steve MaddenKick an “all black everything" wardrobe up a notch with playful pearl-embellished footwear. And instead of a simple black swing dress, opt for something more business approp like a structured suede shift dress with a sleek zip-up front.
Glamour sneaker, $120 at Steve Madden; suede shift dress, $490, Gap.Gap
ReebokThese kicks will have you dreaming of a double scoop of mint chip ice cream, even if you're chained to your desk. And soft green leather will actually pair with more than you think, including tapered trousers with a front pleat.
Reebok Women's Pastel Classic, $120 at Get Outside; Babaton Conan pant, $145 at Aritzia.Aritzia