The year is 2021, and although we're breaking out our "revenge" heels and putting our housebound slippers away for the time being, we're not completely terminating our relationship with flats, either. For years now, flats have quietly served as the backbone of our shoe collections, always there when we needed them but never shining in the spotlight—true shoe staples, if you will. But the time has come for them to once again be the cool option you reach for to make any outfit shine. They may be comfortable and practical, but as we move from summer into fall, they're becoming trendy, too. Welcome to the great flats renaissance, everyone.
It really struck me that flats were having their proverbial glow-up when I was noticed a few fresh styles in the new-arrivals sections of my favorite shopping sites. Mansur Gavriel offers its square-toed ballet slippers in an array of cheery candy hues, and Sleeper's baby-pink, bow-adorned satin flats are fit for a modern-day Disney princess. Square toes, trend-forward hues, lace-up ties, lug soles, and so many more details are what set this new crop of flats apart from the pack. Beyond ballet flats, though, clogs, loafers, and flat mules are all looking cooler than they ever have, and it begs the question, Are flats bound for a comeback? According to this editor and the 29 pairs ahead, that's a resounding hell yes. Continue on to see what I mean and to shop the stylish flats of the moment.