As a seasoned New Yorker, keeping my fingers on the pulse of emerging comfortable shoe trends can probably be considered a side hustle. After nearly a decade of living in the city, one too many cliché situations have taught me not to always opt for style over comfort, at least during my commute. Think getting four-inch heels stuck in subway grates, just missing a train while wearing platforms I couldn't run in, and the regret that comes with wearing any pair of open-toed sandals that expose my feet to whatever the city decides to throw at them. Suffice it to say, my wardrobe is now fully stocked with plenty of practical options like sneakers; low, chunky-heeled boots; and good-old closed-toe flats.
As we know, practicality isn't always synonymous with being boring. In fact, one of this season's most prevalent shoe trends is as stylish as it is comfortable. And I'm relieved to report back that the rest of the fashion crowd thinks so too. Square-toe flats are sweeping across my Instagram feed in all shapes and sizes, from your classic nude ballet flats to electric-blue mules. To get in on the trend yourself, shop my picks up ahead.
If you go the route of classic ballet-style flats, look for options in cool colorways. Swapping out basic black flats for metallic square-toes ones is an easy way to turn comfortable shoes into a statement piece.