Who Needs Heels? 16 Flats That Are Just as Sexy

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.

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.

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!