The Ultimate Summer Bag And Shoe Shopping Guide For Professionals

May 8, 2013

The Ultimate Summer Bag And Shoe Shopping Guide For Professionals |

I love handbags.

I love, love, love shoes.

The challenge is finding just the right ones to support a busy life with a demanding career…I mean a girl only needs so many weekend and cocktail options.

Sound familiar?

Plus, it’s extra tricky finding work appropriate bags and shoes to wear during the warmer months. Since daylight lasts longer that means more social engagements after work requiring extra room in your already over-stuffed bag; and shoes, well, they need to allow your feet to breath to cool your body temperature while still complying with company dress code policies, be budget-friendly and versatile, feel comfy and, of course, look super stylish.

I know the shopping criteria list is a mile long, so you can imagine my excitement when I found several options. I got a little carried away, but I know you’re crunched for time too and we need all the help we can get!

Here’s a collection of some of my favorite, office-friendly bags and shoes currently available to jumpstart your summer shopping:

The Ultimate Summer Bag And Shoe Shopping Guide For Professionals List |


  1. JCrew Etta Cap Toe Pumps
  2. Banana Republic Liza Pumps
  3. DVF Alina Studded Pumps
  4. Sigerson Morrison Sky Slingbacks
  5. Tory Burch Careen Loafers
  6. JCrew Etta Bead-Stitch Pumps
  7. Kate Spade NY Licorice Pumps
  8. Coach Terri Sandals
  9. Studio Pollini Raffia Sandals
  10. Jeffrey Campbell Pierre Wedges
  11. KORS Michael Kors Vivian Wedge Slingbacks
  12. JCrew Lillian Patent Wedges
  13. Derek Lam Bijiou Sandals
  14. Sigerson Morrison Calee Sandals
  15. Steve Madden Nanncy Wedges
  16. JCrew Straw Flats
  17. Rebecca Minkoff Idelle Woven Flats
  18. Belle Sigerson Morrison Andromeda Flats
  19. JCrew Darby Stripped Loafers
  20. Report Silverton Dorsay Flats
  21. Loeffler Randall Luella Mignon Sandal
  22. Opening Ceremony Fisherman Sandals
  23. Schutz Angelica Ankle Strap Sandal
  24. JCrew Allie Gladiator Sandals
  25. BC Footwear Independence Day Sandals
  26. Corso Como Talia Sandals
  27. L.A.M.B. Ciara Sandals
  28. French Connection Kirsten Sandals


  1. BCBG Allie Whip-Stitch Satchel
  2. JCrew Biennial Linen-Leather Satchel
  3. Rebecca Minkoff Dylan Tote
  4. Rebecca Minkoff Brett Brief Bag
  5. Rebecca Minkoff Box Weave Bonnie Satchel
  6. JCrew Biennial Satchel
  7. Vince Camuto Perforated Tote
  8. Marc by Marc Jacobs Top Chicret Bag
  9. Christopher Kon Alisson Tote
  10. Rebecca Minkoff Python Jayden Satchel
  11. Botkier Wanderlust Woven Tote
  12. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Chantilly Tote
  13. JCrew Colorblock Tartine Satchel
  14. JCrew Biennial Hobo Bag
  15. Rachael Ruddick East West Shopper Tote

What are your non-negotiables when it comes to buying a handbag or shoes for work? Do you find it easy to meet your shopping requirements? Please share!

Image credit: fortheloveofpretty.tumblr. Graphics by Kristina Moore for Corporate Fashionista.

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  • Anna Runyan

    I feel more comfortable on flats and mid-heel pumps or wedge. Great list! Thanks for sharing your shopping summer guide. 🙂

  • You’re welcome, Anna. My pleasure!

  • Teodora

    I like more structured bags for work so my faves are #29,30 and 43. I like to push boundaries in regards to shoe height so #7 are my pick. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love the suggestions and the first photo 🙂