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Consumers Want Casual Comfort in Workplace Footwear


When it comes to workplace footwear, consumers are clear on what they want. In our most recent survey, 95% of consumers told us the top trait they want in work shoes is “comfort.” Style (68%), durability (63%) and versatility (43%) are also key. Notably, “degree of formality” was named by only 21%. Athletic styles are the top choice for the workplace, followed closely by “casual.” 

As far as work environment, more respondents say they are returning to an onsite setting than switching to remote. While nearly 20% of respondents did note that they work at home or remote, the majority say they work onsite or in an office.

While work style overall is now more casual than dressy, respondents were split on whether it is getting more dressy or more casual currently, with 22% saying their work dress is getting more casual and 23% saying workplace style has become more formal over the past year.

This survey conducted by MESH01 included 420 respondents, men and women active and outdoors.Trend Insight is a feature within Footwear Insight  that delivers research conducted on the MESH01 Platform.MESH01 collects data from a select panel of active and outdoor enthusiasts.

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