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The term “commuter shoes” probably conjures up an image of clunky sneakers worn with white socks (over tights, natch) and an ill-fitting pencil skirt. There’s got to be a better option, we thought, and we were right. Consider the following ten pairs, all of which are the perfect blend of “Ooh, those are so cute” and “Thank God I’m not wearing heels.”

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Leather Slides

We’re all about a statement shoe, but there’s something to be said for one on the opposite side of the spectrum—a bare-bones silhouette in a neutral color and high-quality fabric. All of Everlane’s shoes fall into the latter category, but we’re particularly fond of these slides.

Everlane ($145)

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Traditional espadrilles might seem a little summery for colder months, but Soludos’s leather version manages to look entirely season-neutral.

Soludos ($99)

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(Chic) Running Sneakers

You might think that pairing your work clothes with athletic shoes will make you look like an extra in Working Girl. But the right ones (read: something in a neutral color from a beyond cool brand like APL) will firmly place you back in 2017.

APL Athletic Propulsion Labs ($165)

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Annnd we’re actually drooling over these. For a fancier option, metallic oxfords are the perfect combination of menswear inspired and “Who is that woman and how can I be half as cool as she is?”

Loeffler Randall ($395)

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Ballet Flats

Timeless and chic, ballet flats have been a staple on everyone from Jackie O. to Amy Winehouse. They add a touch of elegance to pretty much any ensemble without stealing away the focus. The perfect supporting piece.

L.K. Bennett ($225)

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White Sneakers

Trust us when we say that there are almost no situations in which a classic white sneaker doesn’t work. The only thing to keep in mind is that cleanliness is king. Keep yours sparkling with stuff you probably already have at home, and you’re good to go.

Converse ($65)

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Remember a couple of years ago when everyone and their mother (literally) had a pair of slip-on sneakers? Yeah, there was a reason for that: They look great and feel even better. Sold.

Vince ($195)

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OK, hear us out: Birkenstock has been making some of the most foot-friendly shoes on the planet since the 1930s, with its signature contoured footbed for unbeatable support. Here’s our credit card.

Birkenstock ($135)

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Smoking Slippers

Oh, you fancy, huh? These babies, in a rich material like suede and featuring pretty embroidery, are super luxe. If your wardrobe is heavy on prints, though, consider a solid color to take the pressure off.

Tory Burch ($295)

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Waterproof Loafers

Some people swear by the classic Hunter wellies, but for others, they’re nothing more than sweaty calf prisons. If you fall in the latter camp, consider the brand’s loafer. They’re perfect for rainy days and will keep you dry without sacrificing style.

Hunter ($135)

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