Just like some days at the office call for a powerful pair of heels, others require something a bit more practical. Well, we have good news for anyone who's sick of wearing pumps and ready to store those boots until next winter: The right pair of flats will summon the same amount of power in the boardroom without all the discomfort.
In an effort to take the pressure off the balls of feet while still looking polished, we asked our friends over at Who What Wear for some fashion guidance. Editor Anna LaPlaca came to the rescue by sharing the most on-trend and professional-looking styles of flats for work so you can fill up your shopping carts wisely.
Ready to step into something a little more comfortable? Read on to find out her style tips as well as the top four picks for each type of flat to wear to work, from refined classics, edgy statement-makers, laid-black kicks, and everything in between.
Oxfords, Brogues, and Loafers
"Maybe it's just me, but I've been noticing the quiet return of the Oxford shoe," LaPlaca muses. "While celebrities are wearing the lace-ups casually with jeans, they also make for an ideal pair of shoes for work as they will always look smart." If you're not ready to go full on Charlie Chaplin, opt for a pair of embellished loafers. A buckle on the toe can add just the right amount of personality while also dressing things up a bit for the office.
"If you love the appeal of a pair of slingback pumps, save your feet the potential pain and try out this pretty flat trend," LaPlaca suggests. We happen to agree that "there's nothing to not love about these flats." The shape of these shoes is also timeless, so you won't have to worry about them going out of style, especially if you opt for a neutral hue (though we're also all for a bold statement).
If you're only going to purchase one pair of flats this seasons, let these be it. As LaPlaca says, "Where backless loafers reigned supreme last year, flat mules have replaced them in 2018. Sleeker and more pared-back, this year's crop of flat mules is rendered in the season's most covetable color palette of pastels."
Embellished Ballerinas and Modern Mary Janes
Ballet-inspired flats and Mary Janes will always have a special place in our hearts and shoe collections. If you want something a bit more structured, opt for something with a strap and keep things au courant with plaid prints, lavender hues, metallic materials, and embellished accents. Say it with us: More is more.
Babouches and Make-Your-Own Slides
On the other hand, minimalism isn't going anywhere either. So if you're looking for something a little less bold, here's the flat style you should consider. "Wear these easygoing flats as they are, or step on the heel to create your own pair of slides. The versatile shoes will fit in seamlessly with the rest of your closet," LaPlaca explains.