THE 10 best conference shoes to wear for female entrepreneurs and professionals

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:

Le Sneakers.

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:

ADIDAS

GOLDEN GOOSE

GUCCI

VALENTINO

JOHNSTON & MURHPY

VEJA

PUMA

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.

SAM EDELMAN

RAG & BONE

SUDINI ALETTA

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

The 10 Best Books Every Girl Boss Should Have on Her Shelf

This one thing you probably don’t know about me yet – unless you watch my Instagram Stories where quite occasionally, I post sections of the books I’m currently reading.

And boy, I usually don’t just read one book at a time. I have 2 or 3 that I rotate around based on my mood and needs that day.

My husband Ben constantly makes fun of me because of that. He’s more a one-book-at-a-time-kinda-guy. Oh well, opposites attract, right :)? But what we do have in common is our love for reading.

Lately, I’ve found a few books that especially resonated with me as a female entrepreneur, a girl boss so to speak. And I wanted to share them with you.

Dream Wedding (1)

My little Maltese-Dachshund mix, Lucky, is curled up next to me right now as I’m writing this. His head is resting on the book I’ve just put aside when inspiration hit to write this article.

So, let’s get to it. Are you ready? Here we go…

These are some of my most life-changing, perspective-shifting, inspirational books I’ve read this past year:

The 10 Best Books Every Girl Boss Should Have on Her Shelf

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis – I’ve rarely read a book that felt so authentic. Rachel truly uncovers some raw and rather unspoken aspects of being a successful female business owner AND mother AND wife AND speaker AND… I still don’t know how she juggles everything. You will find yourself laughing out loud, nodding profusely and maybe even crying.

Captivate : The Science Of Succeeding With People by Vanessa Van Edwards – This book is like the bible for introverts and recovering (or still in the process) recovering awkward people… aka me :). Really. I wish I would have discovered this book YEARS ago. It would have helped me SO much in my business. Can you feel my passion for this book through this paragraph. Go get it now here.

Becoming  by Michelle Obama – Need I explain why you should check out this book? It’s truly inspirational from a smart, inspirational woman. I think you’ll love it as much as I did.

Dare To Lead by Brene Brown – How to step up and lead with heart. Mrs Brene Brown is one of those people on my list of people I must meet in my lifetime :). She’s that good and I love her humor and flair that she always injects her writing with. This book is best read with a nice glass of Rose and some music on in the background.

Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel – Every answer is inside of you. I personally truly believe that. If you feel stuck right now or confused or like you’ve hit a plateau, this book is for you. I’ve felt this way a LOT a few months ago and the thoughtful journaling prompts inside this book (which, okay, is more like a journal but still) have helped me find clarity with a lot of things.

Financial Intelligence by Karen Berman – If you are or want to become a business owner and have not graduated with a business diploma where you’ve probably learned all about this stuff (I wouldn’t know since my degree is in Diplomacy and Intercultural studies ^^), you need to read this book. Yes, finances are not sexy but they can AND should be. You will thank me later once your company is close to hitting seven or eight figures that I made you read this book ;).

Writing For Bliss by Diana Raab – Have you ever heard this saying that stories sell? Yes? Then you need to go read this book now. Period.

Train Your Brain: How To Build A Million Dollar Business In Record Time by Dana Wilde – Mindset is everything, darling. It truly is. It can make or break your success, regardless of how good you are at what it is you are doing or how advanced your product is. If you want to succeed you need to train your mindset like a muscle. This book will guide you in how to do this.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – A must read for any girl boss that is looking to live a successful, creative life.

Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand In The Age Of Social Media by Brittany Hennessy – If you are a fan of content creation businesses and want to make a name for yourself as the brand, this book is for you. It’s your blueprint for how to manage AND monetize your influence online.

FOR REALS

The thing is though… this list can seem really overwhelming to some of you, especially if you’re not a big reader. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like there is so much wisdom to be gained from reading books. You are essentially getting access to the experience someone has made for years and what they have learned from it. To me, there’s true value in that.

Regardless, I don’t want this list to hold you back from taking action NOW. You probably already know the next step that you need to be taking to get some momentum going. So, go ahead and take that step now. Read those above books along the way whenever you have time and for continuing education.

And don’t forget, these are all just perspectives of one person’s life and that person’s experiences. If something does not feel like it aligns with how you feel and it just does not seem to make sense for you, disregard it – regardless, of who wrote it. Even me!

You want to be forging your own path. Trust yourself the most whenever you get that feeling… you know which one I’m talking about ;).

And finally, and for fun…

HOLIDAY READS FOR THE BUSY GIRL BOSS TO RELAX

Do you remember how I mentioned I read 2 or 3 books at a time? Well, one of them is ALWAYS a fiction book (in addition to all the non-fiction books I read).

I just love stories. Heck, I’m totally addicted to them and I think that even a smart business person can learn a lot from reading popular and not so popular fiction books.

It’s about learning and understanding what moves people. Often times, the things that move us span entire continents and touch peoples hearts, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

So, I want to encourage you to not forget how fun reading can be! I often times stare at a computer sooo long that I am excited to get away from it and I do this with one heck of a good fiction book. Without further ado, here are my faves…

  1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (looove her writing style and character development!)
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (juicy. did I already say juicy hehe)
  3. Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (who doesn’t love gelato, right?)
  4. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (simply a cute novel)
  5. Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts (for those who love mystery and suspense)

One final tip before I go, those educational non-fiction books? Try them out on Audible. I love listening to an audiobook while doing my morning workout.

And from one Girlboss to another – tell me – what books have you been loving this year that I should add to this list? What books are you excited about that are being released in 2019?

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