Suggestion: Heels are often expected as a “must-have” for women. They are pretty, they make you look taller, and they make your legs look toned AF. But wearing heels, as we all know, come with pretty alarming side effects — they are destructive to your feet and spine, just to name a few. That’s where fashionable flats come in. Flats are awesome because they are comfortable, effortless to wear, and are suitable for just about any ensemble.
But we’re not espousing the regular (dare we say, boring?) designs that you can get just about anywhere. We’re talking about unique offerings, from studs to brogues to ballet flats, that add a touch of flair and sass to your overall style so you can be comfy and win the sartorial game at work. It’s time to trade in your high-heeled stilettos, girl.
Our favourite 12 below.
Malone Souliers took the classic black and white pairing and brought it to the next level with this unique piece that is a cross between flats and pointed toe lace-ups. What’s more, the side cut-out makes it even more fascinating, and has a practical benefit of, ahem, proper ventilation for your feet. Go preppy chic and finish with a collared dress or a shirt and trousers combo.
Here, the classic ballet flats are given the glittery treatment with multi-coloured crystal embellishments in an homage to Ferragamo’s iconic 1938 Rainbow Wedge. Let the cheery pair of shoes take centrestage and finish with a black jumpsuit and hoop earrings.
Channel fierce androgyny with these black leather double monk strap loafers from British shoemaker label Church’s, and show your colleagues who’s boss with an equally sharp pantsuit number. We especially love the contrast between the shiny calf leather and the matte and breathable mesh details on the upper.
Show off your spunky side with some fierce as heck studs, while looking feminine at the same time with these Valentino ballet flats. We suggest pairing this against a frilly lace dress to juxtapose its edgy design.
Need help asserting dominance in a male-dominated industry? Show them you mean business with these Aquazzura flats that literally spell out your role in the company — boss lady. Pair this glossy patent leather pair with a French-tucked shirt and trousers for that geek chic look.
Made with Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciato woven leather technique, these slip-on-and-go mules are unfussy and can be easily incorporated into any of your work ensemble. You can also dress them on weekends with a t-shirt and jeans combo too.
Sometimes, less is more. And in the case of these Clarks slip-ons, less is indeed more with its sleek look and pointed toe design. Its nude colour will also help elongate your legs without making them suffer on heels. Finish with a shirt and high-waisted knee-length skirt combo. It is also available in navy, rust and black.
Swap out your regular flats and go with an animal printed one from Aldo instead — it helps add visual interest to your outfit while still retaining the much-needed comfort level. Slip into an earthy-toned khaki dress to finish.
Add a touch of rich sophistication to your monochromatic outfit by pairing it with these wine-coloured slingbacks from Charles & Keith. We also love the pointed toe silhouette as it lengthens your feet and makes them look slimmer.
If you can’t decide between lace-ups or a pair of mules in the morning, why not wear both — with this playful amalgamated design by Pedro? While the heel height is slightly higher than conventional flats, we’re willing to let it slide because of its inventive style. Throw on a light blue silk blouse and black wide-legged trousers for the office.
Not only are we loving the earthy orange-brown colour of these Mango leather slip-ons, we’re also a fan of its unique knotted design that gives the footwear a cool three-dimensional silhouette. Pair this with a denim boiler suit for a snazzy finish.
We love loafers because they lend a smart casual air to just about any outfit. These Zara loafers, with a tweed upper, differ from the regular leather designs and add elegance to your look. Dress them with a wrap dress and blazer for a quirky contrast.