Okay ladybosses, girlbosses, bossbabes and female entrepreneurs en large!
I’m kind of a conference-going veteran. In all honesty, I think I must have been to like 17 conferences this past year alone and can’t even remember to how many I’ve already been this past decade. In short, it’s been a LOT.
Summits, events expos, conferences of ALL sizes and more all around the world.
The one thing I repeatedly keep wondering about though is the shoe choice of some of the female conference goers.
You see, most of the time I can tell which ladies are used to conferences and ‘mean business’ and which ones are ‘conference virgins’ or, there for possible other reasons.
If you mean business and you want to get a LOT done – for goodness sake girl, WEAR COMFY SHOES!!!
Trust me, I know what it feels like to try and prospect a potential client or speak on stage all the while feeling like your front five toes are killing you and all you can think of really is, “I need to get out of these shoes *cry*!”
Each step hurts and towards the end of the day, your toes resemble a bloody battlefield – or, almost.
Believe me girl, I’ve been there and it ain’t fun.
So, after attending the Affiliate Summit West this past week in the buzzing city that is Las Vegas, I decided to write this quick post on some of THE best conference shoes for us ladies that I’ve found you can wear without having to worry about a thing. AND… while still looking like a true rockstar ;).
This way you can focus on what it is that you do best and rock it throughout the entire conference <3.
So, here we go with our countdown:
Growing up in Europe, I was actually not a fan of the idea of wearing sneakers to any type of professional event.
My mother – who has helped me birth my sense of fashion – always instilled in my the idea of wearing high heels to professional events!
My mother grew up in the seventies and even though America has seen a huge wave of women fighting for their equality and people in general fighting against their government and norms that have barricaded their day-to-day freedom thus far,…
People in Europe (and especially women in my view) have held on to cultural traditions to still feel some form of control over what had happened only a couple of decades prior in the aftermath of World War 2.
Regardless, sneakers are going to be one of your BEST friends during any type of conference and are still my go-to shoes far and beyond.
And in case you really don’t like typical sporty-looking pairs, here are some of my favorites that I totally love because they not only look cool and professional but are oh-so-good for ya toes:
JOHNSTON & MURHPY
Le Flat Boots.
Depending on what time of the year your conference is, sneakers work but sometimes, boots might be better if say the conference is during harsh Winter months.
So, here is a list of my favorite boots and/or booties that I’ve worn to conferences and that have proven to not only be super comfortable but also look professional.
RAG & BONE
And that’s it for my suggestions :)!
Now, you could also wear ballet flats which some of my girlfriends really love wearing to conferences. However and since I personally never wear ballet flats, I have no specific recommendations for you.
If you have any, do drop a comment down below and let us know!
Finally, I would refrain from wearing flip flops or open-toe shoes of any kind even though, I have seen those around? Why? Because personally, to me they are not very professional.
So, keep your toes in the shoes for the conference (especially, since conference rooms can get really cold at times and you don’t want those tiny suckers to get cold) and let them out later when you get to the room or, hit up the pool or Spa for some much needed relaxation.
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Let’s do this!
~ Cornelia Pauline