The other day, I was Slack messaging with a co-worker (also my best friend but that part isn't relevant to the story), and she proposed a story idea to me. The conversation was as follows:
Mimi: Will you pitch a cute story on flats?
Mimi: What even is a cute flat?
Mimi: You need to investigate.
Me: Tbh idk I don't wear flats like that.
Mimi: Like what?
Mimi: I mean flat shoes it doesn't have to be a ballet flat.
Mimi: Like when you don't wanna wear sandals or sneakers, what the hell else is left?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized I really never wear flats, but there are so many times that a flat sole is necessary, e.g., commuting, leisurely strolls through the neighborhood, running errands while not looking like a slob, and more. Mimi was right: If you don't want to wear sneakers and it's too cold for sandals, flats are your only option, so you might as well have some cute ones at your disposal. But what even is a cute pair of flats? If your style doesn't vibe with ballet flats and you don't like loafers, it's easy to feel like there are no more options. But today, I'm here to prove that that's not the case at all.
In an effort to help Mimi, myself, and hopefully you, I have rounded up 28 pairs of cute flats that are guaranteed to make your outfit just as sleek as a pair of boots or pointy heels would. So yes, cute flats can be defined, and the assortment below is all the proof you need. Go on, scroll down.You'll see.
Essen The Foundation Flat ($159)
These shoes have officially become a fashion-girl favorite.
Jack Erwin Paz ($145)
Jack Erwin just launched women's shoes for the first time, and they are not only chic but affordable as well.
ATP Atelier Lioni Pointed Leather Flats ($390)
The sleekness of a heel with the comfort of a flat.
Nicole Saldana Jay 3.0 in Cow ($297)
Get a bit wild and slip into some cow-print shoes this season.
Miu Miu Embellished Ballerina Flats ($690)
I'm sorry, but we will never be over Miu Miu ballet flats.
Zara Square Toe Soft Ballerina Flats ($70)
Spot the trend. (Hint: It's the toe.)
St. Agni Caio Woven Flats ($210)
Snag these for your next warm-weather getaway.
Loeffler Randall Simone Tiger Flats ($350)
Tiger print is pretty much changing the animal-print game this season.
Aquazzura Moss Two-Tone Croc-Effect Leather Ballet Flats ($595)
Classic, but still exciting.
Need Lilah Mary Jane in Green Snake ($154)
Bet you've never seen a Mary Jane this rambunctious before.
Prada Croc-Effect Leather Point-Toe Flats ($620)
Croc, Prada, and a baby bow. Yes, you need these.
Mango Leather Flat Shoes ($80)
Get these in every color.
Balenciaga Knife Logo-Print Satin Slippers ($595)
Slippers that are acceptable to wear outside of the house.
Jil Sander Ballerina Shoes ($633)
A built-in anklet is definitely the answer to all of our flat woes.
Nanushka Zuo Flat Slide ($224)
Tailored trousers would make these feel so fresh.
Aeydē Beau Leather Ballet Flats ($230)
Finally, ballet flats that don't feel tired.
Fendi Colibri Leather-Trimmed Logo-Print Mesh Slippers ($650)
A Fendi logo print is always a good idea.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Thelma Flat in Cactus ($307)
In case you're still on the slime-green train.
Charles & Keith Metal Accented Ballerina Flats ($49)
Charles & Keith always has the best styles at the best prices.
Alexander Wang Carter Loafers ($695)
All you need now is a pair of white ankle socks.
Maison Margiela Colorblock Ballerina Flat ($735)
These might be the cutest color-block flats we've seen.
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Velvet Mule ($955)
Your jeans will look great with these glitzy flats.
Vince Cadot Leather Flats ($275)
Do yourself a favor and click in to check out all the angles of this shoe.
Tabitha Simmons Hermione Flats ($745)
Zebra is giving tiger print a run for its money.
Ganni Suede Slingback Pumps ($280)
Just a slight heel in case flats kind of scare you.
Zara Home Babouches With Ruffle Trim ($70)
Did you know Zara Home has incredible shoes? Well, now you do.
Loewe Crystal-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats ($1250)
Anything with crystals catches our eye.
Kenneth Cole Camellia X Backless Suede Loafer Flat ($100)
These two-tone loafers will be your saving grace while commuting.
Next up, here are some other shoe options to wear that aren't flats in case the 28 pairs above didn't convince you.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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