So, your wife or partner’s birthday coming up soon. That will mean it’s present buying time and as per usual, you’ve got absolutely no idea what to get her. What you do know, though, is that you want to avoid the traditional presents that bail you out every year.
What you need is a present that is thoughtful and practical. Something that she wouldn’t expect, something that perhaps she doesn’t even know she needs.
The answer to your conundrum? Work shoes. The average American will spend 90,000 hours of their lives working, which is a lot of time spent in a pair of shoes – particularly if they’re worn out or uncomfortable. By treating your wife to a new set of footwear for work, you’ll be showing how much you care about her comfort and wellbeing.
Here’s our guide to buying work shoes for your wife.
Make sure they’re comfortable
We’ve already touched up just how long you spend working, but for the sake of emphasizing just how important comfort is when it comes to selecting work shoes, then it’s worth mentioning again – one-third of an adult’s life is spent working.
Being comfortable is everything then. This is particularly important if your wife is in a role where she spends a lot of time on her feet. She’ll be looking for a pair of shoes that are simple to wear and don’t cause any undue pains or aches. Shoes such as boots or ballet flats are perfect as they are both comfortable and sturdy.
If you’re buying heels, get the right length
The click-click of a set of stilettos on a marble floor says that a woman means business. That’s something that countless movies have told us over the years. Heels can be good – but only when used in the right environment and if suitable for the lady wearing them.
Look at your wife’s other shoes. If she owns other sets of heels, that should give you an idea of the length she is comfortable wearing. If you are going with heels, you should always play it safe and buy her shorter than she already uses.
You can always try talking to her about her heels to gauge whether this would be a suitable purchase. Nearly every man in the country has had the “How do you walk in those?” conversation with his partner. Broaching the subject again can move you onto finding out whether a pair of heels would make a suitable gift for her.
Did you know that there were only 24 female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list in 2018? You might be wondering what that has to do with buying your wife shoes for work, but if she is looking to work her way up through the ranks of a business, then chances are it means that she is going to need to impress male bosses.
While a female manager might love your wife wearing a set of crocodile print heels, chances are that a man is going to be far less impressed. As a result, buying your wife a pair of plain and boring work shoes takes away that reason for management to judge her, helping her long term prospects in the process.