The grueling process of choosing an outfit every morning always presents one very important question: heels or flats? The shoes you pick out can make or break your outfit, and even your day if you don’t choose wisely. We’ve all had our fair share of blisters from not wearing comfortable shoes. But, whether it’s in the workplace or on a night out with friends, many women turn to heels over flats, despite their obnoxious levels of discomfort and the increased risk of falling over. Heels put the “beauty is pain” mantra to work, but it’s hard to find flats that actually look cute and not like something your mom would pick out (sorry, Mom). However, they do exist! To help save your feet from further blisters and sporadic muscle spasms brought on by high heels, we rounded up eight stylish, comfortable flats that you can actually see yourself wearing. Do yourself a favor and save the heels for a special occasion.
This shoe brand is a powerhouse for trendy, affordable, and comfortable shoes all-in-one. For the workplace, the loafer/ballet flat hybrid shoe has taken over, and your feet will look more professional than ever—but in a cute way. The pointed style gives this shoe a more sophisticated feel and creates a slimming effect. The style is also called “Feather” for a reason—they’re extremely light and comfortable, so no more blisters on your radar. Choose between suede, leather, and velvet in an assortment of colors.
We’re also loving this Steve Madden edgy/feminine flat combo. The pink exudes strong girly vibes, but the studded embellishments on the straps keep the shoes in check. Not to mention, the crossover straps alone are absolutely to die for! Normal ballet flats can get really boring really quickly, so any shoe lover will be able to get behind the unique touches on this pair. If the pink still isn’t your style, you can also get this shoe in black.
J. Crew has a wide assortment of trendy kicks with preppy, classic roots, so it’s no surprise they made the list. Even though their shoes tend to run on the pricier side, you know that you’re investing in a comfortable, durable pair. These flats are made in Italy, so you have even more of a guarantee that they won’t conk out on you after just a few wears. Plus, splurging on shoes is totally acceptable as long as you get a lot of use out of them, which you definitely can with this vibrant pair of flats. Even with such a simple style, the metallic pattern makes a huge statement and adds instant pizazz to even the most drab outfits. You’ll be getting compliments left and right whenever you wear these.
BR is another great hotspot for shoes, and we’re obsessing over the chic variations on this pair of flats. You get a sleek pointed toe, straps with three bows, and they’re made from an ever-popular material—suede. Sound too good to be true? Just wait, there’s even more. These flats have an exclusive Padding System that uses memory foam and a cushioned insole. Breaking in new shoes has never sounded more comfortable.
Something as simple as a scalloped border can easily elevate any shoe. With six colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong with this staple ballet flat. Put your best foot forward while wearing these to the office, date night, and everywhere in between. And, at a price like this, it might be in your best interest to stock up on multiple colors for different seasons. Just saying!
Check out another gold take on plain old ballet flats. Based off looks alone, you would never be able to tell these shoes cost less than $20! This pair also comes in black, but gold is just so much more fun. You can dress up your look even more by wearing matching gold accessories.