The best fancy flats you’ll want to swap your heels for

Because cool (and comfy) shoes do exist...

There’s a time and a place for towering high heels, however they’re not entirely practical for a spontaneous run to the shop or your commute. Sometimes you need to come back down to earth and slip into a pair of comfy flat shoes, however there’s no reason they can’t be as chic as those block heels you have in the back of your closet.

While the ballet flat will always be a classic, this season we’re seeing more masculine pieces as backless loafers and oversized bow-embellished slippers take a front seat this season. Naturally, Gucci and their classic horsebit design are leading the pack on this one and we’re starting to see similar styles trickle down to the high street.

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They’re a step up from trainers in terms of sophistication and will easily transition in and out of the office if you’re heading off for drinks and a Tinder date afterwards. To keep things cool in this unbearable heat, we’ve also curated a few cute slingbacks and open-toe beauties in case you’re looking for something breathable, yet more office-appropriate than your old pair of Havaianas.

The footwork is certainly fancy this season as many of the shoes we’ve selected below playfully incorporate some of our favourite summer fashion trends. From bold leopard print to crayon bright hues, we’re also seeing pastel shades and glossy textures make a comeback. And you know us, we can never resist beautifully embellished shoes and we’re seeing fringing, feathers and gold details jazz up some simple silhouettes.

High street retailers like Mango, Zara, Topshop and Office have some gorgeous trendy options at the moment that won’t break the bank and should definitely be one of your first ports of call to upgrade your summer wardrobe. If you’re ready to take the designer investment piece plunge, Sophia Webster’s jewel-toned flats are utterly timeless and you can’t go wrong with a pair of Gucci kicks in a solid shade. (There’s a reason Queen Elizabeth loves her Gucci loafers so much, after all.)

Check out our favourites below…

Black Flat Shoes

Everybody needs a pair of black shoes that will go with everything in their closet. These black slingbacks below are giving us major Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany vibes with a contrast black tip and retro square cut out front.

Mango Contrast Slingback Shoes

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Priced at £19.99, available at Mango

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Flat Wedding Shoes

If you’re the kind of bride keen on dancing all night long, you may want to stray away from heels and opt for a more comfy pair of flat wedding shoes. White, blue, cream and blush are colours that are always wedding-friendly and we’ve personally fallen in love with these pearl-embellished loafers below.

Nicholas Kirkwood Casati Pearl-Heeled Leather Loafers

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Priced at £525, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Silver Flat Shoes

Shiny textures and feathers were seen everywhere at fashion week last year and these summer fashion trends have finally come to roost. These slippers from Rogue Matilda are loud in the best way and will add a dose of fun to any outfit, even if you’re having a hungover jeans and T-shirt day.

Rogue Matilda Crazy Chick Silver Feather Slippers

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Priced at £169, available at Young British Designers

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Flat Sandals

This summer weather is something fierce and a close-toed ballet flat isn’t going to cut it when it’s 30+ degrees outside. To avoid slipping and sliding in your shoes, we’ve put together a gallery of the best summer sandals where you’ll undoubtedly spot those Instagram-famous Dune Loupe sandals everybody’s been trotting round in. We’re also very partial to this leather pair which capitalise on the shell trend that’s all the rage at the moment…

Ancient Greek Niki Shell-Embellished Leather Sandals

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Priced at £185, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

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