Iconic flats are style classics for a reason, says Penny Fray. You can actually walk in them
We’ve seen them on the street, on screen and even lust after them in museums. From Dorothy’s famous ruby-red slippers to Carrie Bradshaw’s Jimmy Choos, shoes are not just a means of walking – they’re style statements, mood enhancers and even symbols of strength. As Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right shoes and she’ll conquer the world.” Of course, it’s pretty tough navigating a cobbled street, let alone embark on global domination in vertigo-inducing heels. No, when it comes to getting things done, you can’t beat the flat shoe. And this season, the grounded number is everywhere, with boots, brogues and bedazzling slippers sneaking into almost every designer and high street collection. Anything goes so long as it has a pointy toe and makes an impact. Sparkling flats are a good place to start. Alexander McQueen’s crystal-encrusted combat boots simply scream cool commando, while Yves Saint Laurent’s glistening Mary Janes make you feel like a fairy tale character.
Meanwhile, on the high street, both sneakers and slippers are still going strong. Just make sure you wear them with either slogans or print. Okay, so flats can make you look stumpy. But given a toss up between mobility and wobbling against a partner’s arm, I’d rather go low. Not only is wearing flats comfortable and cool, it’s positively liberating.
A modern way to dress for evening is to wear an elegant pair of embellished flats. Boden’s pair is scattered with statement crystals, making them every socialite’s must-have shoe. Available from Boden.com for RO75
These black pointy-toed bluchers from Zara get extra points for designer-worthy looks. Embellished with a sleek strip and glossy finish, they ooze office cool when worn with this season’s trouser suit. From RO43
Add a touch of animal to your look with these leather H&M sneakers. This mock crock pair slips on easily thanks to elasticated inserts. Wear them with everything from mini skirts to jeans. From RO37
Charlotte Olympia’s birthday slippers are inspired by Chinese astrology. This handmade turquoise suede pair features a gold-plated dragon decorated with sparkling red Swarovski crystals – a symbol of authority, dignity and determination. From RO348 at Net-a-porter.com
Embroidered with a Hey You slogan, Call It Spring’s bright slippers are the perfect blend of comfort and cool. Style yours with distressed denim to channel this season’s casual aesthetic. RO12 at Callitspring.com
Tabitha Simmons’ point-toe flats are loved by the style set. This pair has been crafted in Italy from iridescent glitter-finished leather that sparkles with every step. Wear them to your next party with bare legs and oodles of attitude. From RO274
Penny’s tips on wearing flattering flats: