When it comes to conference footwear, comfort reigns supreme. These five picks are both fashionable and functional—and anything but flat. Ladies, check out our favorites for…
Working the Room Strut, stand, sit, repeat—meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones involves a lot of moving around. Look polished, lengthen your calves and stay comfortable in these studded Sole Society Anneke mid-heel pumps ($60, six colors available).Walking the Trade Show Floor Available in nine colors, from go-with-anything metallic floral cork to on-trend navy stripe, Sole (Sense)ability Flats ($65) have a supportive sole and zero break-in period, so you can focus on your conversations—not your foot-ache. Trust us, you’ll want them in every hue.
Emergency Situations OK, so maybe they’re not supportive all the time, but they’ll show up when we really need them. (Wait, are we talking about boyfriends or shoes?) Flat Out of Heels ballet flats ($20) come in more than a dozen colors and roll up to fit in your purse.
Impressing at the Podium Sleek and chic Oka-B wedges ($60) are made by a company that produces spa sandals, so it’s a given they’ll give you an ahh-moment—with a little lift. They come in basic nude and black, but why not stand out in bright cherry red when it’s your time to shine? Bonus: They’re machine-washable!
Rushing to Your Gate Dancing through long lines at security, the last thing you want to do is the toe jam. (Going sockless just isn’t a good idea.) Lace up these New Balance 696 sneaks ($80) in muted gray, black or navy for a simple, lightweight shoe that does double duty in the gym too. No excuses for missing your w