After-work plans call for versatile footwear. Whether you’re heading for dinner with friends, date night with your partner or drinks with your colleagues, take your daytime ensemble right through to evening with our versatile footwear guide.
From wedge sandals and slingbacks to boots and trainers, the right shoes can easily see you through from a day at work to an evening out. We’ve rounded-up a range of tips to allow you to create the perfect day-to-night capsule shoe collection.
Given their effortlessly versatile nature and sophisticated appearance, ballet flats are excellent for going from day to night. Take a simple pair that’ll work well with a range of looks such as our Pure Ballet in black, or add a pop of colour with our hot pink Couture Bloom flats.
For your office look, pair your pumps with a nice blouse or jumper with tailored trousers or slim-fit jeans. Add a blazer in navy or black and a crossbody bag to take you effortlessly from day to night.
With variations including embellishments such as metallics, diamantes, bows, buckles, patent fabric and so much more, there’s a pair of ballet flats for every occasion.
A comfortable pair of courts should be a staple in your shoe collection. They work well with most outfits, whether you’re wearing trousers, jeans, skirts or dresses, they’ll keep you comfortable all day long.
Our chic Kaylin Cara 2 in black suede will take you seamlessly from the office to the bar, but their snake or nude variations will also instantly transform a shift dress from office to evening wear. If you’d rather wear a comfortable lower heel that’ll feel stylish without you feeling overdressed during the day, our Laina 55 Court offers the perfect balance.
If your office dress code is relatively casual, then sandals could be your go-to day-to-night shoes during warmer months. Opt for flatforms, like our Botanic Poppy in metallic rose gold, paired with ‘Mom’ jeans and a floral top for a laidback look that’s ideal for al fresco dinning. Alternatively, try tailored trousers with a summery blouse and slingbacks such as the Laina15 Sling in white snake effect leather for a sophisticated ensemble.
Wedge sandals like the dusty rose Lafley Leah are also great for day-to-night, adding height and glamour to your outfit. They make for comfortable evening shoes as the chunky heel and platform front offers plenty of support, so your feet won’t be left aching. Pair them with a floaty summer day dress, and to spruce this up for your evening event, add statement jewelry along with a sleek crossbody bag.
Ankle boots are a year-round staple, and in summer you can wear tan suede boots, such as the stylish Alcina Lo, with a polka dot or floral printed summer dress and a chic jacket for a look that’ll take you anywhere. For an autumn or winter option, pair black skinny jeans and a ribbed jumper with Un Damson Mid leather ankle boots for office to date night style.
You can also dress up Chelsea boots, like our Clarkdale Arlo, by rolling up the hem of your straight-leg jeans so that it sits just above the top of the boot. Add a top or jumper and a jacket or a blazer for a failsafe outfit that works for both the daytime and the evening.
Knee-high boots are easy to dress up or down. Tuck a pair of dark skinny jeans into our Pure Caddy boots with a crisp white shirt or t-shirt and a blazer or a cable-knit jumper - perfect smart-casual style.
Trainers are becoming more prominent in the workplace, and a simple white pair like our Hero Lite Lace will transition through from the office to post-work catch-ups with ease. Wear them with a sophisticated pair of tailored trousers and a long-sleeved, fitted top and you’re ready to go. If you’re heading straight from work to a summer event outdoors, wear a floral maxi dress with our feminine blush pink Craft Run Lace trainers.
What are the most comfortable evening shoes?
All of the aforementioned shoe styles have been chosen for both their comfort and versatility, as there’s nothing worse than having sore feet before you’ve even stepped out of the office. Think about how much standing is going to be involved in your post-work plans, and decide on a heel height that will see you through. All our shoes have innovative cushioned soles and are designed to fit your feet perfectly. Don’t be afraid to choose flats or trainers as both can look just as chic when paired with the outfit suggestions in this guide.
What footwear can pass as smart-casual?
Many footwear styles can pass the smart-casual test if they’re styled correctly. While you could be wearing heels to the office, they can still appear smart-casual when paired with jeans, or a trouser and jumper combination. Meanwhile, trainers were once seen to be for sporty occasions only, but with new minimalist styles and leather or suede variations, they have firmly earnt their spot in your smart-casual wardrobe. Boots also have incredible versatility as they can look perfect for days when you have meetings or presentations, while transitioning well to dinner or date attire, too.
Whether you choose to make the most of the summer sunshine the second you slip out of the office in our sandals and ballet pumps , or see out the winter season in staples like ankle boots, you’ve got all the tools you need to select shoes that’ll take you from day to night.