On the style spectrum from comfort to pain, runway heels typically fall into the latter category, with teetering sky-high stilettos and chunky platforms at neck-breaking heights. Throw convoluted straps and impractical designs into the mix, and you have a shoe that's better served as eye candy in a glass case than its intended purpose on the cement. But for spring/summer 2014, New York Fashion Week designers erred on the side of ease, giving feet a break from exaggerated arches. Designer Peter Som splashed his spring 2014 wave-inspired print on Christian Louboutin oxfords. Flora Gill and Alexa Adams (of Ohne Titel) stayed true to their feminine-sporty aesthetic and sent out variations of sheer-paneled slingbacks with metallic straps. Marc Jacobs paired Teva-like sandals with elaborate Victorian gowns, and Tanya Taylor styled day-time frocks with pointy-toe flats in stripes, florals and more. Click the photo to see 32 flats that work with just about anything, and are also fashionably functional.
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1. Peter Som
There were three variations of Christian Louboutin oxfords at Peter Som: waves, leopard-print and patent black.
2. Ohne Titel
Pretty metallic-accented slingbacks at Ohne Titel, plus a gladiator-inspired sandal.
3. Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs dressed down Victorian gowns with Teva-inspired sandals and dressed up sneaks with embellishments.
4. Tanya Taylor
Pretty pointy-toe flats at Tanya Taylor in florals and stripes.
High-shine textured loafers at Rodarte.
6. Jason Wu
The ankle-cuff trend continues at Jason Wu.
One thing's for sure: Max Osterweis (of Suno) is not afraid of color.
8. Donna Karan
Donna Karan elevated wrap-around sandals with snakeskin print and grommets.
9. Proenza Schouler
Proenza Schouler sandals cover up without stifling tootsies.
10. Victoria Beckham
Show off your pedicure in Victoria Beckham bandage-like sandals.
11. Zero + Maria Cornejo
Asymmetrical lines helped play up geometric shapes.
12. Derek Lam
Knee-high gladiator sandals? Yes.
13. Helmut Lang
Close-toe or open-toe-the Helmut Lang spring 2014 collection had something for everybody.
14. Carolina Herrera
Follow Carolina Herrera's example and pair T-strap sandals with flowy gowns.
Giovanna Randall amped up pointy-toe cut-out flats with sparkles.