Five Work Shoes Even an Intern Can Afford

By far and away, the biggest fashion crimes are committed in the shoe department (Uggs, Crocs, filthy flip flops, etc.).  To build a solid wardrobe of professional shoes, you really only need five good pairs of shoes.

 The Black Summer Shoe

BP Daniela Pump (Nordstrom, $60)

Black pumps can be a bit heavy for warm weather, but these pumps have a natural heel and cut-outs to keep them fresh for Summer.

The Red Wedge

Margit Peep Toe Wedge (Target, $23)

You can wear these with navy separates or with summer dresses, your call.  They also look fabulous with skinny jeans.

The Nude Pump

Max Studio Marais Pumps (DSW, $90)

Do we really need to go over how awesome nude pumps are again?  No?  Good.

The Printed Heel


Anne Klein Pipa2 Kitten Heels (Endless, $69)

These printed sling-backs will look great with cotton dresses and pencil skirts.  Plus, how adorable is that little bow?

Metallic Flats

Ralph Lauren Amarissa Ballet Flat (Zappos, $69)

These are perfect for those days when the idea of walking around in heels makes you want to throw something.  These days are inevitable.


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  1. K says:

    I am african american and those nude pumps would NOT look nude on me. Have any suggestions for other skin tones?

    April 1, 2010/Reply
  2. Belle says:

    I thought about that when I posted them, but I’m not quite sure what the replacement would be. Maybe another African American reader would have some thoughts?

    April 2, 2010/Reply
  3. Tia says:

    I own these pumps, and they have enough warmth that they match my skin tone.

    April 2, 2010/Reply
  4. K says:


    April 2, 2010/Reply
  5. KH says:

    I personally think it is important for African American women to own nude pumps as well. It’s not necessarily for the “nudity” but more so for the versatile color.

    June 8, 2010/Reply
  6. Hannah says:

    Belle – beyond the peep-toe and cut-outs, what are the rules for sandals in DC in the summer? I’m going to be an intern this summer and I have a couple pairs of sandals that are heeled, but strappy, showing off more foot than shoe. I’m having a hard time deciding if they’re okay to wear or not.

    Thanks for all your intern fashion advice! I’d be lost (and far less chic) without it.

    June 12, 2010/Reply
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