There’s a time and a place for four-inch heels—the red carpet, a black tie gala, maybe even date night—but the Monday to Friday work week is not one of them. The last thing you want as you rack up those steps and enjoy the fresh air is to have to worry about getting your heels stuck in some cobblestones, or even in your desk chair. On the other hand, staying active during the workweek doesn’t have to mean throwing on your sweat socks and trainers, walking to work, then sneaking into the office bathroom for a quick change before anyone sees you. Forget it: whether you’ve got back-to-back meetings or big plans after hours, here are a few tips and tricks on how to look stylish as you shake up your commute and stay active during the week.

FANCY FLATS

Ballet flats and classic Mary Janes are a no-brainer when it comes to versatile shoes that look good with almost everything, and now feel good, too, thanks to the hidden FitFlop technology. For a touch more class—perfect, say, if you’ve got a client lunch in the diary—look for a pair in metallic gold or silver, or a style with a bit of embellishment. The same goes for sandals: never underestimate the impact of a bold pop of color when it comes to dressing up a pair of jeans or adding interest to an outfit. And if you’re into this season’s sporty sandal trend but want to ensure they’re office appropriate, team them with a pleated skirt and silk blouse and finish with a clutch or structured bag.

FROM AM TO PM

We’ve all heard the saying, start as you mean to go on, and when it comes to Monday to Friday dressing, we couldn’t agree more. Meeting friends for drinks? A jumpsuit looks chic both day and night, especially when paired with colorful sandals that give you all-day biomechanically engineered comfort, enough for your on-foot commute. Dinner plans after hours? Keep your flats on and simply swap your boardroom-appropriate blazer for a leather jacket, throw on some earrings and a bit of lipstick—then work up your appetite by walking to the restaurant.

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