They say the higher the heel, the closer to heaven, but we’d beg to differ. Unless we’ve taped our toes together (no really, it’s a genius way to stop the pain), hours standing in heels sound a little closer to hell. With this reality in mind, we rounded up the best flats that have all the appeal of your sultriest stilettos, sans the discomfort.
Scroll through now to shop our picks—cutouts, leopard, studs, they’re all ahead!
Aquazurra Belgravia Denim Flats ($650) in Blue
We love the contrast between the casual denim material and the alluring cut-outs.
Chinese Laundry Endless Leopard Flats ($69)
The sleek patent band elevates these leopard flats.
Alexander Wang Marlene Lace-Up Sandals ($495)
Leave it to Alexander Wang to make gladiators feel cool again.
Madewell The Maud Flats ($118) in Pale Fig
The allure of these loafer-d’Orsay hybrid flats is subtle, which almost makes them more inviting.
Shop more Madewell flats here.
Bionda Castana Black Leather PVC Studded Flats ($232)
The barely-there PVC straps are strangely elegant on these pointed-toe flats.
Tabitha Simmons Snakeskin Bibi Flats ($369)
Beautiful things happen when stripes meet snakeskin.
Proenza Schouler Leather Straps Flats ($595)
We love these edgy-meets-sexy flats.
Chloe Leather Strappy Open Toe Flats ($591)
When it comes to straps, we believe the more the merrier.
Rachel Zoe Iris Ankle Strap Flats ($235) in Roccia
Is it us, or is this snakeskin print particularly entrancing?
Via Spiga Vanna Pointed Toe Flats ($185)
You know what they say about the color red, right?
Charlotte Olympia Bisoux Suede Slipper-Style Loafers ($811)
From the cut-out lip motif to the leopard cap-toes, these loafers are pure whimsy.
Freda Salvador Wit Colorblock Cutout Oxfords ($365)
An unexpected cut-out takes these two-tone oxfords to new levels.
Shop more oxfords here.
Acne Studios Suede Cut Out Almita Flats ($322)
These western-inspired booties remind us of Erin Wasson.
Shop more booties here.
Sam Edelman Brina Studded Pointy-Toe Ankle-Wrap Flats ($110)
Tiny studs are a subversive touch.
Sigerson Morrison Halia Flats ($245) in Black
It’s incredible how the presence of a little strap can add intrigue to otherwise classic flats.
Belle By Sigerson Morrison Ballerina Flats ($250)
Alexa Chung can’t get enough of ankle-strap shoes, and after spotting this pair, we can’t either.
Which do you prefer—flats or heels? Let us know in the comments below!