LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: Yes, You Can Wear Sneakers to Work

Yes, You Can Wear Sneakers to Work

You might think wearing shoes as casual as sneakers to work is a big no-no, at least if you’re a lady. (It’s sad but true – men wearing sneakers and a suit to work seems to have become pretty normal, while women have been left with uncomfortable high heels and awkwardly twisted hose.)

But now, ladies, there’s a way for you to get in on the sneaker game! You’ve seen this trend everywhere already, I’m sure, but a pair of slightly lifted sneakers like this week’s fortuitous Goodwill find – a pair of cool, lace-up black shoes with a little bit of a wedge heel – is like a gorgeous cross between a sneaker and an ankle bootie, and it’s everything you want to be wearing this winter. Made out of soft black fabric, but with a sneaker’s rubber sole to keep out wetness and snow and prevent slipping, these little sneaker booties are practical and stylish, and perfect for all your casual-but-cool looks this fall and winter.

You might be dreading the cold already (I know I am), but snatching up a super bargain on winter footwear – like these fun and comfy wedge sneakers – will make you feel a lot better about all the weather and winter outfits to come.
You might be dreading the cold already (I know I am), but snatching up a super bargain on winter footwear – like these fun and comfy wedge sneakers – will make you feel a lot better about all the weather and winter outfits to come.

Not just for playtime.  Sure, any kind of sneaker is great for those leisure hours, hanging out around the neighborhood, shopping, meeting girlfriends for brunch or after-work drinks. But can you really get away with wearing shoes like these to the office? The answer is a resounding “yes!” – sneakers have become more acceptable footwear around the office for awhile now, and especially so if they’re cool, funky, trendy, or otherwise exceptionally stylish and/or you work in a more creative field or environment (or a company that likes to think it encourages a cooler, more creative environment). These shoes are the perfect fit for the office – and even if you don’t work in quirkier, more creative environment, you can still get away with sporting them on a casual Friday.  They’re sleek and black and not too outrageous or loud, so they’ll actually be the perfect partner for an outfit consisting of slim-cut black pants, patterned trousers or jeans, like I’ve got on here. Throw a simple tee and long, cozy black sweater on for a more casual Friday or weekend look, like I’ve done here, or dress up your ensemble with a crisp, well-cut blazer on top for a more polished and professional look.

Tired of the unnecessary pain and suffering that heels cause? Ditch your stilettos and sport a chic and comfortable pair of shoes to work instead, like these black wedge sneakers.
Tired of the unnecessary pain and suffering that heels cause? Ditch your stilettos and sport a chic and comfortable pair of shoes to work instead, like these black wedge sneakers.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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