16 Fancy Flats for When You Just Can't With Heels
Heels—who needs 'em, right? Why must we suffer through life, stomping (or should we say limping) around on needle-thin stiletto with little to no mercy for our poor, poor feet? Genuinely asking here, because it recently occurred to us that (brace yourself) we have options! Yes! Might we reintroduce you to the marvelous wonders of an actually comfortable shoe, aka flats. Let that simmer for a bit.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking: But what about when I have a fancy-pants event to go to? Flats just don’t cut it. Listen, THEY DO! A good flat shoe can be just as elegant and decorative as any heel. Don’t believe us? Scroll through for 16 designs that make the case for fancy flat footwear. You’ll find everything from crystal embellishments and ornamental brocade to silk ribbon and plush velvet.
Exhibit A: Clear-cut crystal detail sitting atop of ultra luxe satin.
Note the pointed toe and satin contrast. Elegance is all in the details here.
SJP BY SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Channel Sex and the City vibes, and go for these 'Carrie' flats featuring ruby metallic leather and some seriously chic cut-outs.
Sapphire velvet and a lug sole give the classic Oxford shoe a modern update.
Ornate frills add instant charm to this metallic shoe.
A multi-hued shoe versatile enough to go from office to event.
Pair these emerald velvet loafers with a silk anything for major glamour.
A sleek smoking flat in rich wine velvet.
A crystal-encrusted square buckle amps up this multi-hued flat.
Dressed up ballerinas with just the tiniest heel.
Velvet slippers featuring an unexpected square toe.
A modern silhouette presented in silver lamé.
Seriously edged up flats for your ballerina-gone-rogue vibes.
Luxe slides perfect for flowing dresses or tailored trousers.
This pair invites texture constrasting with its elegantly sheer sides.
KATE SPADE NEW YORK
Crystal hardware and a striking T-strap toughen up this ballerina flat.