Congrats on scoring your awesome summer internship — you worked hard for it (believe me, the process is not all that easy!) But if you still haven’t found that summer opportunity yet, take a peek at my post on how to get a summer internship. My current lifestyle internship is the first internship I’ve ever had, so you can imagine all the new things I’ve been learning — like what shoes you should wear when you’re hurriedly stepping through the bustling Manhattan streets to get to your professional work environment. Yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about. So to help you figure it all out, I’ve put together a list of six pairs of shoes I think are absolute musts for your internship.
- Simple, black wedges. These are great if you’re looking to add some extra height to your outfit. Wedges are great, especially in a city environment, because you don’t have to worry about a heel about as thick as pencil getting stuck in any sewer grates or cracks in the sidewalk. Also, because they’re wedges you get that added stability that you don’t always get with every pair of regular heels. Plus, black is pretty sophisticated and goes with everything, so this is definitely professional enough for the workplace.
- A pair of short heels. Wearing a little, traditional heel is fine (as long as you can walk quickly in them!) I wouldn’t suggest three-inch heels, though I think that two inches is okay (it’s as high as I’d go if I’m trudging through the city!) A pair of high heels is classic footwear on a professional occasion, so you’ll definitely look the part. I’m really becoming more and more into those pointy-toed heels, because the colors and designs they come in make them look so flattering. Plus, outfit inspo from Pinterest has really made me believe that I too can rock those kinds of heels. But if you’re not a fan of pointy-toed heels then you can just opt for rounded-toe heels. You can definitely have fun with these to make them really go with your outfit. Also, try to snag a pair of heels that includes some sort of strap (just like in the one pictured above) to really secure your feet in there — you wouldn’t want your shoes flying off halfway down fifth avenue!
- Simple (but appealing) sandals. It’s summer and sometimes you just want to show off your fab pedicure, or just not wear shoes at all, and sandals are pretty much as close as you can get to the whole no-shoe experience. Getting a simple pair like the ones above ensure that your shoes can still go with whatever outfit you’re wearing that day, and they aren’t super distracting in the work place. My workplace is pretty chill, but of course — like any workplace — there are limits to what you’re allowed to wear, and as an intern you definitely don’t want to push your luck with that! So if your internship has a policy against open-toed footwear, you might want to leave your sandals as benchwarmers. In any case, sandals are especially great for those days when you don’t want to wear heels. Just make sure that they fit securely on your feet.
- Plain black flats. Flats are great for literally any occasion because they sort of just work with whatever you’re wearing, and they mold to that outfit. You’ve probably seen people trying to work their outfit around their footwear, but you don’t really have to do that with a simple pair of flats, which is really good because that means you won’t have to buy up a new pair of flats for every single outfit (but if you love shopping like I do then you probably wouldn’t mind the extra trips to the mall anyway). These are definitely a staple because there are lots of really comfortable ballet flats out there that you can grab, and you can often find these for a really decent price. Plus, they’re always welcome in any work environment.
- Printed flats. See, you can still have fun with your footwear! I have a really cute pair of leopard print flats that just add a little extra something to some of my more monochromatic outfits. I like to have some fun with what I wear and I think that printed flats are a great way to do that without pushing the boundaries of professional dress. Obviously, you don’t have to just stick to leopard print — get yourself floral print, or even a nice checkered pattern! Just like regular ballet flats, these are always welcome in the workplace.
- Riding boots. You’re probably thinking, ‘why the hell would I wear riding boots in the summer?’ but hear me out. So it can still rain in the summer, and sometimes your big, glompy rain boots can take away from your gorgeous outfit. Plus, if you’re flat-footed like me then maybe you haven’t had the best success with some rain boots. The ones I’ve tried always hurt the bottom of my feet intensely, and you absolutely don’t want that much discomfort (especially not when you’re commuting over an hour and still have to walk long city blocks). So I’ve found that riding boots provide me with amazing comfort while still protecting my socks and feet from the wet weather. Plus, they still add aesthetic to your outfit. I think Riding boots are still good enough to be considered professional as long as they aren’t embellished with a shit ton of unnecessary buckles and whatnot.
Remember to always wear shoes that fit you well; never wear something that’s too tight because you can actually pinch the nerves in your feet and cause some inflammation and serious damage.
What are you rocking at your summer internship?