The idea of buying a whole new wardrobe at the start of a season is thoroughly outmoded—not to mention totally unaffordable—but that doesn't mean we're immune to the temptations of the "New Arrivals" tab. Between staying on top of rent, paying off student loans, and maybe even stashing some dollars in savings—you know, all that "responsible adult" stuff that comes along with no longer having a curfew—you probably deserve to treat yourself to a little something nice, as long as it doesn't blow your budget.
Fortunately, there are plenty of designer-level styles to be found for under $50, whether you're looking for a fresh pair of everyday shoes in classic black or neutral beige, or something a little more of-the-moment, like faux-satin embroidered sneakers or pointy ruffled mules. We scoured our favorite affordable retailers for the best flats of the season, so shop away—both your feet and your bank account will thank you later.
Below, shop 15 pairs of spring-ready flats that look way more expensive than they actually are.
The unexpected texture will elevate any outfit.
Try these with a fun pair of socks for spring, and barefoot come summer.
The go-with-everything slides you'll want to wear all season long.
Who says party shoes have to be painful?
We can't resist a little dusty rose—and at this price, why should we?
Switch up your everyday kicks for this unapologetically girly pale pink pair.
Show off these sunny yellow slides with a pair of cropped trousers or ankle-skimming jeans.
These have all the comfort of a gladiator sandal with a more modern silhouette.
We love a gold shoe that's shiny enough to wear dancing, but understated enough for the office.
Faux pony hair feels fancy enough to wear to dinner (and only you'll know your shoes cost less than your meal).
On a budget this season? Check out our roundup of 16 under-$50 buys to scoop up for spring.