Interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences. There are so many things to prepare for in the interview: how to answer the interviewer, which questions to ask, how formal to be and what outfit to wear? The worries are endless. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to professional shoes made for first impressions. That’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Professional Work Shoes
You’re feeling like a boss, you’re confident, you’re aspirational. These are the three things that your shoes should shout for you when you walk into that interview room. If you’ve got the fancy footwork to strut your way through the day in a pair of heels, you can’t go wrong with stiletto court shoes. Elegant and timeless; black leather will go with any suit but nude will elongate the legs if you opt for a smart dress.
If you’re not so confident with a high heel, then reach for a lower height. After all, we don’t need to add walking to our list of concerns. A slingback silhouette is a classic, and a small block heel or kitten heel will give you that confident clack-clack sound as you walk without the teetering. We personally love a point-toe finish, it speaks formalities for us.
And if you want to focus on total comfort, don’t dismiss flat shoes. Leather pumps, loafers and slip-ons can be just as smart as a heeled shape if styled the right way. Flats look best paired with tailored pants rather than a skirt, but that doesn’t mean they’re not flattering. Reach for slim-fitting pant styles and if you want to show your personality, discrete patterns and checks can off-set your refined shoe choice perfectly.
The Creative Industries
Marketing, design, advertising and creative jobs usually have a very different office-atmosphere. It’s important that if you know the company culture is casual that you appear to fit in with the vibe on interview day. That said, you have to keep it smart - it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. For this, there’s no better option than a horsebit loafer. It’ll look great with that classic skinny-jeans-and-nice-top combo.
Don’t be too quick to shy away from sandals for an interview. If it’s warm weather and you know the company has a relaxed dress code, don’t be too afraid to pair a semi-formal dress with some strappy sandals. Block heels and wedges are best for self-assured steps, and if you want your turnout to be elevated just that little bit extra, throw on a blazer and grab a briefcase.
Confidence is key, but comfort is critical. If you have any foot problems or conditions, you won’t be on top form if you force yourself into some heeled sandals when you need the support and stability of a more practical shoe. Shoes with rubber soles and thick tread can give you extra cushioning, and if you reach for leather styles you can be sure that over time, they will mould to fit your feet perfectly.
That’s all there is to it. You can find your perfect shoe in our range of work footwear. But the most important thing to remember (after your shoes, obviously,) is to keep your head high, stride in with confidence and you’ll nail that interview. Good luck!