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There are plenty of reasons why : traffic jams, car trouble, malfunctioning trains, the crowds; the list goes on and on. That said, if you’re commuting in shoes that double as torture devices, you’re only making things harder on yourself. But who wants to sacrifice style for comfort?
“The point of commuter shoes is to look like you were wearing the same shoes all day,” says Neil Timiraos, New York-based wardrobe and editorial stylist. “There’s something defeatist about switching to cross trainers for the train ride home as if to say, ‘I barely made it through this day, and I don’t care who knows.’” (Hey, we’ve all been there.)
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The trick to a stylish yet comfortable commute is to find shoes that pull double-duty so that even if you decide not to take them off once you get to work, they’ll still look good with your outfit. These 12 super-stylish, versatile fall commuter shoes are the perfect pairs you’ve been searching for:
Splurge: Rag & Bone Standard Issue Sneaker
Seriously, what’s not to love? “White sneakers are a trend that’s here to stay,” says New York-based wardrobe stylist Natalie Tincher. Choose leather over canvas for a sleek vibe that’s appropriate for a casual office dress code. This low cost-per-wear purchase can be used strictly for your commute or paired casually with jeans, or to dress down a skirt, she adds.
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Save: Vans Mono Print Authentic
For a fun but comfortable option, you can never go wrong with a pair of Vans. “The silhouette is simple enough to have fun with color and print,” says Timiraos. “I’ve always considered leopard a neutral because it goes with absolutely anything.” If you prefer to stick with a solid hue, Vans makes these shoes in classic white, too. (For even more office appropriate kicks, check out these 10 pairs of sneakers that are almost too chic to be called sneakers.)
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Splurge: Vince Camuto Leather Bootie
A flat ankle boot keeps your look current, and can work for both your commute and weekend errands, says Tincher. This particular bootie has a simple silhouette with edgy, understated studs and cutouts, making them stylish yet versatile.
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Save: ASOS Actress Ankle Boots
If you’re bored with black but still want a boot that goes with many outfits, this ankle boot is the best of both worlds—it features a goes-with-anything print on the heel, as well as a subtle cutout at the ankle that screams, “It’s not winter yet!”
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Splurge: Stuart Weitzman Chicpearl Flat
When it comes to comfort and style, you can never go wrong with a classic ballet flat. For the fall, opt for one in a rich jewel tone, like this chic pearl flat in Bordeaux, says New York-based corporate stylist Lili Morton. “A ballet flat is naturally feminine, but the pearl-encrusted heel makes it more so,” she says. You can wear these with any number of your workwear pieces for the commute, or style them on the weekend with jeans, a tee, and a leather or bomber jacket.
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Save: Gemma Cap-Toe Flats
Flats with a pointier toe make for comfy commuter shoes that are also elegant, says Dina Scherer, NYC wardrobe stylist and personal shopper. These cap-toe flats come in a variety of colors and textures, allowing the wearer to express their personality and complement various types of outfits.
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Splurge: Gentle Souls Eida Suede Block Heel Mule
Mules are the perfect fall shoes. They have an element of openness (think: party in the back), but are closed in the toe area, making them more office-appropriate. They’re also a little warmer for your feet than their summer open-toe counterparts and are less high-maintenance in terms of pedicure upkeep. “Choosing ones in a nude or brown color makes them pair easily with most everything,” Scherer says.
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Save: Sam Edelman Perri Slide Loafers
It’s hard not to swoon over a mule that looks expensive but is easy on the wallet. Made of reptile embossed leather and featuring a square toe, this sleek slip-on rivals your go-to heefmer open-toe counterparts, and arels in the fashion department—minus the sore feet. (Don’t miss these 7 other cute mules under 0.)
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Splurge: Loeffler Randall Willa Oxfords
If you’re in a creative field—or something less corporate that doesn’t require pumps—oxfords are a great commuter shoe that doesn’t have to be changed when you get to work. These rose gold oxfords are on trend and perfect for your fall commute, when it’s too cold to wear sandals and too hot for boots, says Morton. Meanwhile, the crackled, metallic leather will give your look an edgy, and slightly feminine feel.
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Save: Nine West Hyida Lace-Up Oxford
“Menswear shoe shapes have definitely gained popularity in the past few seasons, and feminine accents like embroidery and lighter color palettes make oxfords very approachable and fun. Not to mention stylish and comfortable,” says Scherer. Or, go bold and play up the masculine feel with this eye-catching pair from Nine West. (For even more stylish kicks to consider, don’t miss these 7 comfortable oxford shoes for fall.)
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Splurge: Everlane Modern Loafer
“A modern loafer is sleek, on trend, and versatile while still remaining comfortable,” Tincher says. It works with slim trousers or A-line skirt silhouettes, so you don’t have to change out of them once you hit the office. (Cha-ching!) We're fans of a burgundy or olive loafer because they're more interesting than black while still neutral enough that they can mix and match with most of your wardrobe. Lucky for you, this style is offered in both colors.
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Save: Bandolino Lomb Loafer
“Velvet is the quintessential texture for fall,” says Timiraos. These beauties feature a round-toe silhouette and a bow detail that can easily be dressed up for the office or dressed down for weekend errands. (When it comes to having a chill weekend, comfortable footwear is just the tip of the iceberg.
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