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.
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.
Priced at £19.99, available at Mango
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.
Priced at £525, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM
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.
Priced at £169, available at Young British Designers
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…
Priced at £185, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM
Scroll on below to shop the best flat shoes both online and on the high street right now…
The raffia trend is still going strong and this bold choice takes it to the next level.
Weaving isn't just for basket bags anymore. These colourful slingbacks are some of the cutest we've seen - pair with a breezy linen dress and you're good to go.
A good pair of velvet flats is a good investment and these ruby slippers would give even Dorothy envy.
For a classic timeless shoe that'll never go out of style, these minimal slippers will do the job.
These leopard print flat shoes are some of the cutest we've seen and it's no surprise they've been especially designed by one of our girl crushes: Rocky Barnes.
These minimal camel loafers will go with pretty much anything and will become your newest favourites.
Fun yet sophisticated, these pom pom flats are clear winners if you're looking for a new everyday staple.
These bright yellow kicks will put a spot of sunshine in your day and brighten up any outfit.
These bright red kicks take the animal-print trend for a welcome and colourful ride.
There would be something terrible amiss if we didn't include at least one pair of Gucci loafers in the gallery. These cobalt shoes caught our attention instantly.
We've been seeing crustaceans literally everywhere and these understated embellished shoes will have you feeling anything but crabby.
Though Manolo may be better known for their high heels, these flat shoes are definitely some of our favourites from the brand.
Take a page out of the lad bible with these smart loafers, complete with a tan strap and metal chain for extra sophistication.
Stay on the fringe with these cute pointed slippers, which are a fun take on the classic black flat shoe.
These patterned flats are just sleek enough to pass for office-wear, if you're looking to inject a bit of fun into your wardrobe.
These khaki pointed flats toe the edge between feminine and cool girl chic. Pair with some skinny denims and a plain white tee for look Kristen Stewart would want to borrow.
If you're looking for work-appropriate footwear that won't be killer in the summer months, this professional option is perfect.
These flat trainers are the ideal grab and go pair, perfect for slipping on when you have to run out to Tesco.
These leopard-print loafers are a fun way to channel your inner animal, even during the most formal of occasions.