Make sure you wear comfy shoes to work next Friday because everyone (even fashionistas) should take part in this excellent holiday for your health.

The excerpt below is taken straight from the Road Runners Club of America’s website, because I really couldn’t explain it any better than they already did:

“In 1997, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) founded the National Run to Work Day. The purpose of the event was to get runners to leave their cars at home and run to and from work. While the event was successful in cities with well developed pedestrian networks and mass transit, the organization realized that running to work was probably not feasible for most of the working population.

On September 19, 2008, the Road Runners Club of America will promote the 3rd Annual National Run@Work Day. The goal of National Run@Work Day is for RRCA members and individuals across the country to host community based events that encourage people to incorporate at least thirty-five minutes of exercise into their daily lives. This goal can be achieved by a running club, an individual, or a corporation hosting a running or walking event with the duration of at least thirty-five minutes before work, during lunch, or immediately after work. The RRCA encourages the American public to incorporate at least thirty-five minutes of exercise into their daily lives which can markedly improve one’s overall physical health.”

I love these cute white flats above by DKNY because they’re actually sneakers!! (You were wondering what these cute shoes were doing in this running related post, right?) The design over the toe is like an avant garde mary-jane and the thumbnail of silver in the back is the perfect finishing touch. I am strangely drawn to these Pastry hi-tops in my second spot. If you’re digging the 80s vibe crowding street style right now, you probably can’t pull your eyes away either. Try wearing them with something a little more neutral on top (white tee shirt, black or gray vest and black skinny jeans?) though unless you want to look like you walked straight out of the set of Clarissa Explains It All.

Starting the second row above I selected some super cozy Juicy Couture ankle bootie sneakers. They’re lined with sherpa so think of them like training wheels for getting off your UGG addiction! These shoes definitely promote cozy toes and a healthy heart all through the winter! My last pick are these equally as chic Miss Sixty sneakers. Maybe you won’t want to run a marathon in them, but I definitely wouldn’t mind walking miles and miles around New York City in these flashy patent leather stunners (not to mention sprinting from the occasional red-light-running taxi cab).

Who says you can’t be fashionable and still feel your toes after walking 10 blocks to work!

P.S. If you really really can’t live without your heels, maybe try this adorable style by Pedro Garcia (and stay on the lookout for sneaker heels, I’ve seen more than a few versions recently).