Shoes can be expensive, but when you’re trying to make a lasting impression on others, quality matters.
For example, if you’re a businesswoman who likes to work from home, a well-made pair of office shoes is more important than an expensive pair of sneakers.
It’s a sentiment echoed by a range of footwear brands that are offering consumers more choice, while also providing a more comfortable fit for office work.
As a result, brands such as Adidas and Reebok are offering work-wear options that are both stylish and affordable.
“If you’re in a rush, I can see why you would buy a pair of shoes in a store,” said Paul F. Schmitt, senior vice president of footwear for Reebop.
“It’s not a luxury.
It doesn’t cost much.
If you want to work at home, it’s a great fit.”
The idea of a work-out shoe is rooted in the work-life balance.
While many people might consider a pair on a work trip to be a luxury, it can actually provide a more relaxed work environment, according to Schmitt.
“Work-wear can be great for people who are looking for a relaxed work style, who can go from the office to the gym, and can get a great workout,” he said.
In fact, the number of people who use a gym as a working space is on the rise.
But while a gym can be a great way to get in shape, it also comes with some health and safety concerns.
In addition, while the work space is meant to be an active, physical environment, there is a lot of personal safety in place.
“I think the people that are trying to work out or train in the gym are just not aware of the potential risks of what happens there,” said Schmitt about the gym’s physical hazards.
“We all know that if someone is injured there, they could end up in the emergency room.”
Work shoes also come with a premium label, such as a premium leather or suede.
And while some shoes are made with a durable material like leather, a high-quality suede is an essential part of a professional’s work shoe.
As such, companies such as Reebo are offering high-end work shoes that are designed to be as comfortable as possible, with leather accents and cushions for added comfort.
For a pair that costs about $600, a pair can feel like an investment, but Schmitt said they’re worth every penny.
“People will spend $600 on a pair, they’ll spend $1,000 on a suit, and they’ll pay $2,000 for a pair,” he added.
“That’s not cheap, but that’s how many people are spending.”