Fine, maybe hate is a strong word, so let's just say that flats are not really my thing—for several reasons. Firstly, there's the fact that, at 5"2', I'm more drawn to shoes that give me a bit of height (even if it's just an inch or two). I also just like the look of heels and what they do in terms of dressing up and adding polish to an outfit. Plus, I've simply collected so many mules, kitten heels, heeled sandals, and boots that there's really no turning back now. However, there are always exceptions.
With that in mind, I recently took it upon myself to scour the internet for actually stylish flats that I would hypothetically wear, were I willing to trade in my many other go-to shoes. Much to my own surprise, I found more worthy contenders than I ever would have imagined—25 pairs to be exact. While I'm still deciding which to opt for myself, if you happen to be in the market for flats, just keep scrolling to see and shop all the pairs I loved.
I love this buttery-soft look.
I need this net mesh pair.
This print instantly lifts my mood. Is there any better reason to buy something?
A strong square-toe moment.
This polished pair will go with anything from jeans to a suit.
I'm always down for a built-in anklet.
An affordable, fashion-editor favorite.
Meet Bottega's take on everyday flats.
They had me at crystals.
That simple black pair to wear with all your jeans.
Slingbacks aren't just for heels.
I do love an easy-to-slip-on slide.
Manolo is always the goal.
Two-tone done right.
The slightly squared toes make all the difference.
Meet your new favorite commuter shoes.
Classic with a twist.
Ankle ties make everything cooler.
I have these in black, but I'm starting to think I need them in white too.
You'll never want to take them off.
Khaite has basically perfected every basic.
This nude pair will go with everything.
The exact type of flats that look good with a dress.
As my colleague would say: unnecessary but cute.
Of course, I couldn't narrow down my Zara finds to just one.
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