11 Best Shoes for Back-to-Work Style

Put your best foot forward in fall’s chicest back-to-work shoes, from Chelsea boots to derbys.

In the finally back-to-in-person world, your boots—and other forms of footwear—will need to be made for walking. That early morning, midday, and after work rush from home to the office to lunch and so on, requires a sturdy shoe that can take you everywhere. Don’t fret, there is no need to sacrifice any sense of style. This fall’s trendiest shoes come in an array of chic options, from stylish Chelsea boots to crisp loafers. Whether you’re in person all day or running out for a meeting for the first time in the afternoon, you’ll surely stunt in any and all encounters with these fashion-forward footwear choices. 


One of the easiest ways to choose any outfit is with your shoe, and then work your way up. Depending on your morning mood and your schedule for the day, you can perhaps opt for a fine leather boot or a dapper, laced dress shoe to show you mean business. Whichever shoe fits your fancy, going back to work this fall is sure to be your chicest return yet. Roll up your pant legs and get back to work—shopping for all of the best fall shoes, that is. 


1. Jil Sander, Black Chelsea Boots, $990    

Sleek and slender, these tall-ankled black Chelsea boots are the perfect accompaniment to a fall wardrobe. This well-rounded boot can easily be paired with jeans to dress down or slacks for the office. 

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2. Maison Margiela, Green Waxed Derbys, $840

Add a little shine and a subtle color pop with these round-toed derbys, to ensure you put your best foot forward. 


3. Common Projects, Tan Perforated Achilles Low Sneakers, $455

If your work allows for business casual, try this tailored tan pair of sneakers. The perforated detailing and leather frame veers your classic low-top sneaker in a professional direction. 

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4. Loewe, Tan Slip-On Loafers, $690

Classic with an adaptable twist, these loafers are versatile for both the office and after work drinks. Keep the heel up or slip it down depending on the occasion.

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5. Boss, Black Hunton Loafers, $555

Almond-toed and with a stacked leather heel, this is the ultimate timeless loafer sure to become an instant fall wardrobe staple.

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6. Situationist, Brown Leather Zip-Up Boots, $580

A contemporary version of the zip-up boot, this deep brown pair with a high ankle and beige sole are stylish with a capital ‘S.’ Instantly elevate your work wardrobe with these boots from the Situationist.    

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7. Thom Browne, Grey Uniform Lace-Up Derbys, $690

Uplevel your average derby with this sleek grey pair, perfect for making a subtle statement in any boardroom—or outdoor space.

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8. PS by Paul Smith, Beige Gerald Suede Chelsea Boots, $350

In beige with clean, soft suede, these Chelsea boots are perfect for a day working in the office or at a coffee shop down the street.   

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9. Kenzo, Black K-Mount Lace-Up Boots, $555

Fashion-forward with an industrial feel, these buffed leather boots in black are sure to instantly add a little edge to your workday look.

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10. Études, Black Adieu Edition Type 130 Derbys, $615

Add a little dimension—and height—to the classic laced derby with these by Études. Low around the ankle but high in tonal soles, embrace a little flair with this stylish pair. 

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11. Alexander McQueen, Tan Hybrid Brogues, $690

Get the best of both words with this derby-meets-sneaker suede pair in tan, that is both fashionable for work and practical for the walk there.  

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