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Expert Interview Series: Cristina Maritano of ShoeTease on Shopping for the Right Shoes for Work

by Emma Hurst November 12, 2016

Expert Interview Series: Cristina Maritano of ShoeTease on Shopping for the Right Shoes for Work

Cristina Maritano is the editor and creator of ShoeTease, a leading shoe blog for stylish, savvy women. On ShoeTease, Cristina offers advice on everything from pairing the right heels or shoes with an outfit for a special occasion to fixing and maintaining your favorite shoes to calling out the world's worst shoes in the hall of shoe shame.

We recently checked in with Cristina to get her take on shopping for stylish, but comfortable business-casual shoes. Here's what she had to say:


How did you become so passionate about shoes and footwear?

It's been a long-term love affair that grew while working as a footwear designer.


A lot of people hear "comfortable shoe" and think matronly footwear. What do we need to know about stylish shoes for people who work on their feet?

That they are rare! If you find a pair that fits as well as they look, buy two or three pairs.


What's trending in business-casual footwear these days?

Pointed toe pumps with stiletto heels are a continuous trending silhouette in women's office shoes. However, menswear-inspired styles such as oxfords and loafers with metallic uppers or fringe detailing are having their moment in the spotlight. These are a great alternative for women who prefer a flat and/or more leveled shoe.


What business-casual footwear makes you cringe?

Those black square-toed Mary Jane flats with thick outsoles. They are what I consider the adult version of ugly children's shoes!


What do you think are the biggest mistakes people who spend a lot of time on their feet make when it comes to selecting footwear?

I'd say there are two big ones:

1. Selecting shoes that aren't high quality enough or built to last.

2. Buying shoes that aren't the right size or fit. You'd be surprised how many people are walking around in the wrong shoe size!


What should they consider when shopping for shoes for work?

That would depend on what their job specifically entails. However, if you have to stand or walk a lot at your job, seek out shoes that are breathable and specifically engineered to go the extra mile in the comfort department. That usually means a shock absorbing, padded footbed and a shoe lined with natural, soft materials.


What are the most common foot problems you hear about for those who are on their feet a lot?

Blisters, especially with respect to women who wear heels all day.


How can we pamper our feet more in our downtime?

Going shoe-free as much as possible is a great way to let your feet breathe and allow any cuts and scrapes to heal. I recommend moisturizing one's feet regularly as well.


Looking for stylish shoes for work? Shop all flats.

Emma Hurst
Emma Hurst

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Women's Shoe Size Guide

US Size

Euro Size

UK Size



4 34 1/2 2 21 8 1/4
4.5 35 2.5 21.5 8 1/2
5 35 1/2 3 21.5 8 5/8
5.5 36 3.5 22.5 8 3/4
6 37 4 22.5 9
6.5 37 1/2 4.5 23 9 1/8
7 38 5 23.5 9 1/4
7.5 38 1/2 5.5 24 9 1/2
8 39    6 24 9 5/8
8.5 39 1/2 6.5 24.5 9 3/4
9 40    7 25 10
9.5 40 1/2 7.5 25.5 10 1/8
10 41 8 26 10 1/4
10.5 41 1/2 8.5 26.5 10 1/2
11 42 9 26.5 10 5/8
11.5 42 1/2 9.5 27 10 3/4
12 43    10 27.5 11
* U.S. conversions are listed next to a country or region's nearest size equivalent. * Items may not be offered in all sizes. Measurements in Inches and CM refer to foot heel-to-toe length.