I'm 5'2" and Always Wear Heels, But I'm Freaking Out Over These 29 Chic Flats


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When you're in the short-person club (like myself), the thought of going to dinner, on a first date, or on a night and wearing flats is horrifying. I know that sounds dramatic, but when you live in a city that can sometimes feel like a sea of 5'9"+ models, those of us who are 5'5" and under are taking every extra inch we could get. I'm telling you. I was a bona fide heel girl. If you ever saw me wearing flats, I was either running to a workout or running a quick errand. But with the fashion world's infatuation with all this quiet luxury came the flat-shoe obsession. Ballet flats, mesh flats, beaded flats, loafers, flat sandals… You name it. They were all on the feet of the über-stylish all summer 2023. Eventually, I folded and started to embrace flat shoes. Now, I'm one of those chic people running around the city in my poplin dress and ballet flats. I have to say I wish I came over to the short-shoe side sooner. This is not only way more comfortable but also way easier to style with all of my favorite basics. 

I rounded up 29 of my favorite flat shoes on the market right now. Trust me—after looking at these, you'll be team flat shoes too.

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Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Grace has always been a lover of all things fashion and beauty. Upon receiving her first degree in visual communications from FIDM in Los Angeles, she moved to New York City and continued her education at LIM College, majoring in fashion media with a minor in society and culture. Grace has worked for PhotoBook magazine, Insider, and Harper's Bazaar. As a writer, Grace has had pieces published covering topics including racial justice, fashion, politics, and current events. During her free time, she loves wine tasting, creating content for her social media, spending time with friends, traveling to new places, and Pilates, and has a love for reality television, especially The Real Housewives. Grace is the person in your friend group everyone goes to for recommendations for the best place to grab drinks in NYC on a Friday night or the best hotels and restaurants to try when traveling to a new city. While fashion is her main love, she loves all things wellness and lifestyle as well. Her ideal sunday is brunching with friends then walking around furniture shopping and listening to a podcast. As the assistant shopping editor at Who What Wear, Grace loves finding the best buys out there for the WWW readers.