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You probably hear the term "business casual" thrown around all the time in reference to what office-wear is appropriate or what shoes are required for an event. You're certainly not alone if you're like, "huh?" when it comes to what that actually means. Just think about what you would feel comfortable rocking in front of your boss. That pair of cheetah print stiletto strappy sandals? Not so much. Worry not though, there are tons of options when it comes to business casual shoes, and you are going to look fabulous and classy wearing them.
With your business-casual attire, whether it be pants and a blouse or a shift dress, nice flats are a perfect choice, not to mention you won't need a foot massage after a long business-casual day. Stay away from ratty ballet flats (even though they're so comfortable!) or shoes that have a sportier feel to them. According to "Marie Claire," in the summer business casual means "no flip flops. Choose sandals or flats that don't show too much skin." You'll look like a pro and also chic with patent leather flats or ones with a simple embellishment (like a bow or beading) on the top. Use these small embellishments to show off your awesome personality, but not go over the top.
At business-casual events, kitten heels (heels that are about 1.5 inches tall) are a great choice. You shouldn't be donning sky-high stilettos regardless of how hot they make you feel, so shorter heels are a fabulous choice. You don't need high heels to be hot anyway. With kitten heels, you'll still get some lift, but not too much.
If you're set on wearing high heels to your business-casual event, that's no problem; just stick to a basic pump or thick-heel shoe. Nude heels or a solid black pair are cute and fashionable but conservative enough to be around business associates, clients and professional acquaintances. With that extra height and your legs looking amazing you'll feel confident, which is exactly how you should act around your co-workers.
Feel free to wear shoes that have a classy print on them and have some fun. Patterns on your shoes pull a multi-colored outfit together, even at a business-casual affair. Stay away from neons or prints that overpower your ensemble, even though it can be tempting to throw in a little swagger. Save those for the club. Instead, a subtle, embossed snakeskin or pattern made up of neutral colors, like tan, brown or gray, works better.