🖤 HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 🖤

8th March – Today we celebrate women’s achievement and all things FEMALE!

 To celebrate this in true OFFICE style, we looked internally to the women of OFFICE to find out how being a strong woman influences their style… and their shoe choices of course 👟👠👢👡

✨ Rachel Heller – Head of Buying & Design ✨

What makes you proud to be a woman?

Being part of the leadership team in Buying & Design, on a team that is 90% female, it’s a privilege to be able to inspire the next generation who are just starting their career to be the best version of themselves that they can be.  It’s so rewarding to be able to share knowledge and not only build amazing ranges with my team, but also to help them achieve their own individual career goals.  I look back at the women who supported me in my early career, and I wouldn’t be here without them – being able to pay it forward is what makes me feel empowered.  We are building a strong team here at Office Design and each member of the team has their own individual superpower – and not just the women I might add – it’s humbling as well as an honour lead such a focussed and driven team.

How does being a strong woman influence your style?

I used to get more hung up on the latest fashion fads when I was younger and just starting out fashion – when I look back at the pictures now… well let’s just say that they don’t all stand the test of time. These days I like to be able to change my style up depending on how I feel that day – and isn’t that the beauty of being a woman – we have it so much easier and so many more choices than men! I love a crisp white silk shirt and heels just as much as a floral dress with a leather jacket and boots.

What style of shoe makes you feel the most empowered and why?

I am a sucker for a high heel – there is something about a heel that makes you stand up a little straighter and give you that added vava-voom when you need it.  I also don’t mind adding an extra couple of inches to my height so am loving the fact that platforms are back with a vengeance and are all over the catwalk from designers like Versace, Valentino and Philip Lim.  They are so easy to wear as the platform actually makes them more comfortable.

My top pick is Hearty Square Toe platform heels – modern enough with the square toe, high enough to make you stand tall and proud, but comfortable enough to wear all day (and night!).

✨ Nadine Stride – Senior Footwear Technologist ✨

Tell us a bit about you?


Outside of work I am an Allstar Cheerleader. I love being part of Spark Allstars because I get to be part of a team of amazing women who feel more like family. Although our all girl and co-ed teams are filled with athletes from all walks of life, we work so strongly together to lift each other up, literally! Many of my teammates are inspirational; they are key workers who not only excel in their work life but also this empowering sport, where they have represented Team England at Worlds!

What makes you proud to be a woman?

I am proud to be a woman because of all the strong women that have come before me and that I am surrounded by daily. My friends, family and colleagues make me proud of women and what can be achieved together.

How does being a strong woman influence your style?

My style is a mash up of all the different influences in my life. Normally you will find me on my way to training for Cheerleading, Dance or on the way to Aerial classes at the gym, so I am always wearing workout clothes of some sort. But when I am not in workout clothes, I love to wear things that make me happy, normally this is my vintage 80’s fringe jacket or a bright co-ord.

What style of shoe makes you feel the most empowered and why?

I love a great western boot! I will be living in Kentucky and Albuquerque in white leather this season. They go with anything.

✨ Ellie Lansley – E-Commerce Trade and Content Coordinator ✨

Tell us a bit about you?

I grew up with my mum and sisters in an all woman household, we always supported each other and preached the message of don’t let anyone stand in your way of achieving your goals.

What makes you proud to be a woman?

The sense of community and support with each other. I work with an incredible team of women who always has each other’s backs and push each other to be the best at what we do.

How does being a strong woman influence your style?

Comfort is key for me! I wear clothes that I am confident and comfortable in so I am feeling best to put my best foot forward for the whole day

What style of shoe makes you feel the most empowered and why?

Converse is always a shoe for on the go and with so many designs there’s one for every outfit.

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