The New 9 to 5

Ankle-height boots make the grade. From top: Dunham’s chukka style; Rieker’s mixed-material look with athletic-inspired outsole.

What to wear to the office? Anything you want. When it comes to workday footwear, the only rules are what looks good — and keep you comfortable for a day doing it all. These fall ’20 styles run the gamut: sleek boots and booties, animal prints of all species, sneakers, loafers and everything in between. What do they have in common? Dialed-up comfort and sharp looks. Trust them: They’re Professionals.

Nothing says workplace like loafers and lace-ups, but these fall looks aren’t just all business. Clockwise from top: Patrizia’s loafer with chunky outsole and hardware detailing; Propet’s floral embossed leather laceup; Naot’s suede-and-leather slip-on style.

Stacked heel booties are a smart choice for office-to-after style. Sleek silhouettes, luxe materials and Western embellishments are at home anywhere you take them. From top: Blowfish’s double-zipper boot with ruched vamp; Halsa’s mixed-material look with buckle; metallic bootie with back zip from Chocolat Blu.

These iconic leather boots for him and her are comfort workhorses that will carry you through the day without breaking a sweat. The fact that they’re eye-catching styles in refreshingly just-south-of-expected colors is the icing on the cake. From Left: Dansko’s clog boot with buckle detail for women; Timberland’s heritage leather 4-eye boot for men.

Are leopard and tiger the new neutrals?? We say yes. A more casual workplace means a chance to get wild, and these next-level sneakers have animal attraction to spare. From top: Multitextured sneaker with removable insole from Remonte; patent and leather throwback running look from Geox; Earth’s tiger stripe knit slip-on.

For a go-with-it-all look, you can’t beat the classic Chelsea boot in two classic twin-gore colorways. Stylish and sophisticated, it’s man’s best bet Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday too. From left: Burnished leather boot from Spring; Waterproof ankle boot in deep brown from Rieker.

Fresh takes on snakeskin in cool colors elevate any outfit — at any heel height. Pick your poison: These styles are the antidote to boring looks.  From top: Vionic’s sleek smoking style; Lifestride’s round-toe ballet flat; Fly London’s chunky-heeled pump.

Why let your specs have all the fun? Tortoiseshell shades make a great footnote to all-black ensembles or add a grounding element to a riot of color. From top left: Horsebit loafer by Aravon; Revere’s ankle-strap flat; Azura’s black-and-leopard style.

Both utilitarian and chic, an all-black, all-straps style looks (and functions) no matter what the day brings. From left: Geox's knit collar strappy sneaker; lace-up boot with high collar from Ecco.

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