15 Women’s Dress Shoes to Wear When Sneakers or Slippers Just Won’t Cut It

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When I set out to research the most comfortable women’s dress shoes, there was one all-important question to answer first and foremost: What exactly is a dress shoe, anyway?

As it turns out, a ladies’ dress shoe is any footwear other than a boot or sneaker that is suitable for more formal attire. Or, in layman’s terms, it’s a shoe you can look dressy in. The category is flexible, as a dress shoe could be any style you wear in an office setting or to a wedding, depending on your needs. But regardless, you need at least one good dress shoe in your closet, just like you need a pair of classic white sneakers, as many comfortable high heels as you can find, and—in accordance with this season’s hottest runway looks—a set of trendy cowboy boots. Below, find the best dress shoes for women, ranging from professional-looking loafers to hammer toe-friendly wedges and everything in between.


Details

Sizes EU 33—45
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 8 shades and prints
Heel height 2.5”

Best on Amazon

Ruched Strap Slide Sandals

Details

Sizes US 5—11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Nude
Heel height 3.15”

Best for a Wedding or Special Occasion

Margi Cappucino Bow Heel

Details

Sizes US 5—12
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 6 shades and prints
Heel height 3.5”

Best for Work

The Bradley Lugsole Loafer

Details

Sizes 5—12
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Black, Cherry Wood, or Stable
Heel height 1.75”

Details

Sizes US 5—13
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 4 shades

Best Low Heel

Block Chunky Heel

Details

Sizes US 5.5—10
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 28 shades and prints
Heel height 1.57”

Best High Heel

Perfect Pump 100

Details

Sizes US 4—13
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 11 shades and prints
Heel height 4”

Most Comfortable

27 Edit Jaselle Dress Sandal

Details

Sizes US 5—11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 7 shades and prints
Heel height 3.75”

Best Designer

Dot Wave Heeled Mule

Details

Sizes EU 34—41
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Black or White
Heel height 3.5”

Details

Sizes US 5–11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Tan, Ivory, or Silver
Heel height 2.4”

Best Black

Morraine Mesh Mule

Details

Sizes EU 34—40
Half sizes? No
Colors Black, Grey Multi, or Nude
Heel height 2.7”

Best Slip-On

Block Heel Leather Sandals

Details

Sizes US 5—11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Brown
Heel height 3.2”

Best for Standing All Day

Reggie Sandal

Details

Sizes US 5—12
Half sizes? Yes
Colors 8 shades
Heel height 3.5”

Most Supportive

Sabina Wedge

Details

Sizes US 5—11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Black, Pale Lime, or Sky
Heel height 3.5”

Best Leather

Georgia Slingback

Details

Sizes US 5—11
Half sizes? Yes
Colors Almond Flour
Heel height 2.76”

Associate Fashion Commerce Editor Meg Donohue is the Associate Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com.

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