Sorry, Heels—These 5 Pretty Flat-Shoe Trends Are Doing It for Me

Three years ago, most of my outfits centred around heels. My daily wares were always on the casual side, so I had to rely on heels—be they kitten, slingback or platform styles—to give my looks, for lack of a better term, a lift. What can I say? Flat shoes just weren't my thing. Now, my tastes have changed across the length and breadth of my wardrobe. My clothes are considerably more timeless than they once were—think quiet luxury with H&M, Arket and COS in place of Prada, Khaite and The Row. While I still appreciate heels, my footwear sensibilities have shifted too. As it seems the rest of the population is, I'm now completely obsessed with flat shoes.

With warm weather on the horizon, sandals are obviously going to become a go-to. But they're not appropriate for every scenario. Luckily, the demand for flat shoes is at an all-time high, which means the market is suitably saturated with them. If you find yourself in need of some new flat shoes, it's wise to narrow the offerings down to the trending styles before you make your decision. As a treat, I decided to do the hard work for you by tracking down the flat-shoe trends currently catching the eyes of fashion people.

From the timely update to classic loafers to the pretty slip-on you can wear with jeans and dresses alike, scroll on to discover the five flat-shoe trends to know this season.

1. Ballet Pumps


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Style Notes: Ballet flats never go out of style, but there's no denying that they've never been as prevalent as they are now. Worn with everything from jeans to on-trend full midi skirts, there's no easier way to add instant polish to your outfits.

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2. Fisherman Sandals


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Style Notes: Fisherman sandals have been the It shoe style of the past two years, and they're going nowhere for the remainder of 2024. Past iterations usually featured a thick sole, but the latest offerings of fishermans are significantly daintier in comparison. Just add socks for autumn/winter.

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3. Mary Janes


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Style Notes: Mary Janes have been popular in fashion circles for seasons, though they've shape-shifted somewhat. Previously clunky with a high heel, the shoes have evolved, and now, flat soles in are all the rage.

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4. Clogs


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Style Notes: If there's one thing we've found in recent years, it's that clogs are here for all of your transseasonal flat-shoe needs. Birkenstocks remain incredibly sought after, but there are plenty of other iterations to choose from.

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5. Suede Loafers


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Style Notes: Loafers are a mainstay in the shoe collections of fashion people, and they're not going anywhere this season. To soften the look, opt for suede finish loafers.

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This piece was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.