Working in downtown Chicago sounds glamorous. And in many ways it is. But one of the staples of working in “the Loop” is an entire shoe wardrobe under your desk. Or in a desk drawer. Or in a bag in the corner of your office.
Many people who work downtown have a commute of some kind. Whether it’s by train or bike or walking or some combination of the kind. Even if you drive there’s a chance you’ll still have to walk somewhere. And while some people can walk from place to place in heels others of us prefer to change into our heels once we get where we’re going.
Then there’s the weather. Rain, snow, puddles, wind. One day it’s 80 degrees and then next it’s 40. You just never know what the day is going to bring.
So, unless you want to haul your shoes back and forth (and some people do!) the office shoe selection is a must.
As you can see, I have what I consider to be the staples:
- Emergency snow boots
- Brown heels
- Gray heels
- Brown/tan peep toes
- Leopard print heels
- Black strappy heeled sandals
- Black peep toes
Basically I can show up to work wearing whatever shoes I want and I can swap the originals out for anything here.
Of course, these aren’t all my shoes. Not by a long shot. And some of these pairs will rotate throughout the seasons.
The only downside is remembering to take a specific pair home if you’re going to need them outside of the office. Still, it beats getting stuck wearing your rain boots with your suit all day!
What shoes do you consider to be staples for your job?