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

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


Because cool (and comfy) shoes do exist…

flat shoes
Cornel Cristian Petrus/REX/Shutterstock

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.

flat shoes

Wayne Tippetts/REX/Shutterstock

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

flat shoes

Priced at £19.99, available at Mango

Buy now

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

flat shoes

Priced at £525, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

Buy now

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

flat shoes

Priced at £169, available at Young British Designers

Buy now

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

flat shoes

Priced at £185, available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

Buy now

Scroll on below to shop the best flat shoes both online and on the high street right now…

The post The best fancy flats you’ll want to swap your heels for appeared first on Marie Claire.

The best ever shoe quotes from our favourite fashion icons

The best ever shoe quotes from our favourite fashion icons


‘I still have my feet on the ground – I just wear better shoes.’

Marilyn Monroe shoe quotes

Some women obsess over handbags, but for others shoes are the apple of their eye. From Victoria Beckham to Jimmy Choo and so many other style icons in between, it’s time to get inspired by some of our favourite footwear designers and fashion icons…

‘I still have my feet on the ground – I just wear better shoes.’ – Oprah Winfrey

‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

‘You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.’ – Christian Dior

‘A woman with good shoes is never ugly.’ – Coco Chanel

‘I spend most of my time wearing uncomfortable things, so for me, it’s all about trainers.’ – Cara Delevingne

‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’ – Victoria Beckham

‘I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.’ – Imelda Marcos

‘One shoe can change your life.’ – Cinderella

No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No Book Cover Usage
Mandatory Credit: Photo by c.W. Disney/Everett/REX (567577a)
CINDERELLA, 1950
‘CINDERELLA’ FILM – 1950

‘I’m not afraid of heights, have you seen my shoes?’ – Carrie Bradshaw

‘I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn’t matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.’ – Keira Knightley

‘Craziness in a shoe is great – you can have much more freedom, you can exaggerate and it doesn’t feel stupid. But to have too much craziness near your face, that would just feel weird.’ – Miuccia Prada

‘I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end.’ – Amy Adams

‘How can you live the high life if you do not wear the high heels?’ – Sonia Rykiel

‘As a child I trained myself to dance in very high heels. At 13, in Destiny’s Child, we were told to wear heels, but at first we couldn’t walk in them. We couldn’t keep our knees straight, but we learned.’ – Beyoncé

‘To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.’ – Roger Vivier

Shoe Quotes Roger Vivier

‘I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God! They look so comfortable!”‘ – Christian Louboutin

‘I actually have more shoes than anyone will ever know.’ – Tamara Mellon

‘If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.’ – Iris Apfel

‘Nicki Minaj has a better booty; but I have better shoes.’ – Rihanna

‘Keep your head, heels and standards high.’ – Lola Stark

‘I can be naked as long as I’m wearing the right pair of shoes.’ – Anna Dello Russo

‘Always wear high heels. Yes, they give you power. You move differently, sit differently, and even speak differently.’ – Carine Roitfeld

‘The average woman falls in love seven times a year. Only six are with shoes.’ – Kenneth Cole

‘Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal.’ – Vivienne Westwood

‘Men tell me that I’ve saved their marriages. It costs them a fortune in shoes, but it’s cheaper than a divorce.’ – Manolo Blahnik

‘Life is short, your heels shouldn’t be.’ – Brian Atwood

The post The best ever shoe quotes from our favourite fashion icons appeared first on Marie Claire.

ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love

ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love


Say yes to the dress (and the heels)

best wedding shoes

There’s no denying that your wedding dress is going to be the sartorial star of the day, but your footwear is where you can add a dash of personality to your outfit. There’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to your shoes (colour, style, comfort and more) and we’ve rounded up what we think are the best wedding shoes, combining classic cool with statement pieces fresh off our SS18 fashion trend report.

Designer wedding shoes

Low-key brides can’t go wrong with simple classics by L’Intervalle or Jimmy Choo, while jaw-dropping heels by Gianvito Rossi or Charlotte Olympia will have you looking runway ready in no time. A pop of colour is always a welcome touch as well, whether that comes in the form of a romantic scarlet appliqué, subtle floral detailing or something blue. Look to Rejina Pyo, Off-White and By Far for unexpected shapes and details.

High street wedding shoes

Spending a fortune isn’t a necessity either as L.K.Bennett, Reiss, ASOS, New Look, Topshop, Zara and Next have really turned things out this season with snowy shades, pastels and soft metallics dominating the colour palette. (Plus, high street wedding dresses have really stepped up their game in recent years.)

Comfortable wedding shoes

Gone are the days of the staid blocky heel, with both affordable high street retailers and luxe fashion brands jazzing up footwear for fashion-savvy brides. There’s all manner of styles for both maximalists and mimimalists, from flats to block heels and mules (the shoe of the season) – after all, you’re going to be standing around for photographs for an awful long time.

With this edit of the best high heels, pumps and flats, there’s no excuse for footwear to be a bland afterthought. Whether you’re wearing one of the most popular wedding dresses on Pinterest or striking out on your own in a bold coloured gown, these are the best wedding shoes that’ll see you through whatever your outfit choice. And be prepared to make these babies work hard – we fully expect to see you cutting a rug on the reception dance floor.

The post ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love appeared first on Marie Claire.

ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love

ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love


Say yes to the dress (and the heels)

best wedding shoes

There’s no denying that your wedding dress is going to be the sartorial star of the day, but your footwear is where you can add a dash of personality to your outfit. There’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to your shoes (colour, style, comfort and more) and we’ve rounded up what we think are the best wedding shoes, combining classic cool with statement pieces fresh off our SS18 fashion trend report.

Designer wedding shoes

Low-key brides can’t go wrong with simple classics by L’Intervalle or Jimmy Choo, while jaw-dropping heels by Gianvito Rossi or Charlotte Olympia will have you looking runway ready in no time. A pop of colour is always a welcome touch as well, whether that comes in the form of a romantic scarlet appliqué, subtle floral detailing or something blue. Look to Rejina Pyo, Off-White and By Far for unexpected shapes and details.

High street wedding shoes

Spending a fortune isn’t a necessity either as L.K.Bennett, Reiss, ASOS, New Look, Topshop, Zara and Next have really turned things out this season with snowy shades, pastels and soft metallics dominating the colour palette. (Plus, high street wedding dresses have really stepped up their game in recent years.)

Comfortable wedding shoes

Gone are the days of the staid blocky heel, with both affordable high street retailers and luxe fashion brands jazzing up footwear for fashion-savvy brides. There’s all manner of styles for both maximalists and mimimalists, from flats to block heels and mules (the shoe of the season) – after all, you’re going to be standing around for photographs for an awful long time.

With this edit of the best high heels, pumps and flats, there’s no excuse for footwear to be a bland afterthought. Whether you’re wearing one of the most popular wedding dresses on Pinterest or striking out on your own in a bold coloured gown, these are the best wedding shoes that’ll see you through whatever your outfit choice. And be prepared to make these babies work hard – we fully expect to see you cutting a rug on the reception dance floor.

The post ALL the wedding shoes every fashion-forward bride will love appeared first on Marie Claire.