Friday, February 6, 2015

Shoe Sleuth: 4 'Round-the-Clock Dress Boots Under $150

Trade Show Survival Shoes

A recent reader request: 

"Dear Shoe Sleuth,
I'll be attending an international trade show in the near future and will be on my feet all day for multiple days. I'l also be meeting clients with whom I've worked remotely for years, and the weather is likely to be cool and rainy. My budget is $150. Please help me find shoes!

A reader who wants to work it and still be able to walk"

Dear  Reader,

It sounds like you need shoes that are comfortable and versatile with an air of sophistication. They should also be fairly versatile because chances are you'll be heading out for dinner, drinks and/ or events after walking the trade show floor. Wet, chilly weather means you don't want to do suede. All of that said, I see how the price point is a challenge, but I've found you some options. Even if none of these are an exact match, they're a good starting point.

Black heel, lace-up shoe by Bettye Muller

Menswear-inspired with a pointed toe and block heel, this lace-up Quincy shoe from Bettye by Bettye Muller works with a suit or pencil skirt and tights. Later, pair this oxford with jeans, a fitted mini or something frilly for just the right amount of edge. (Available at Lori's Shoes)

cushioned dress boot by earthies
This sleek Del Rey bootie by Earthies is all about angles. An asymmetric shaft, slanted heel and stylized seams create clean lines and stylize what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill flat bootie. Featuring the Earthies Wellness Footbed, it has a specially contoured cushion for extra support and comfort. It's also available in black, but the pewter version stands out a little more. (Available at

comfort dress boot by isola

Block-heel booties have been on must-have lists for the last few seasons because of their tendency to be versatile and relatively comfy. This Corbin bootie by Isola is an ideal mashup between fashion, function and comfort with its classic styling, stacked 3-inch heel and latex comfort footbed. Slacks, jeans, skinny pants and sweaterdresses will all play well with this style. (Available at

Tall wedge boot by Nine West

A tall boot with a wedge heel is a great way to go for easy elegance, as well. This Heartset boot by Nine West has gotten pretty good customer reviews for walkability, and it's a style that can be dressed up or down without much effort. It has a 3 inch heel, but if you're accustomed to 4-inch stilettos, this height will be ideal for long days. (Available at

Another option is to add a gel cushion to the inside of your favorite boots. I'd love to know your thoughts on these choices. Other reader, do you have a favorite pair of shoes for long days? Is there another brand we should check out? Let us know in the comments.


  1. I like all of your suggestions. But, I love the lace-up Booties! You're really good at this.

  2. Thanks, Anonymous! I appreciate that more than you know.

  3. Thanks so much for these great suggestions! Those Del Rey booties are a clear winner for me. Fabulous!

  4. Anytime, Elise! I'm so glad one of these pairs will fit your needs! I look forward to finding you more shoes in the future. :-D