How To Power Dress Without The Pain Of Heels

Lisa DiCicco Cahue

In the words of Marilyn Monroe, “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” High heels are feminine, empowering and can make anyone in a super fitting pair of jeans look like a fashion editorial. The higher the better, the pointer the more trendy, the skinner the heel the more powerful the outfit. No pain, no gain, right?

However with the emergence of flats over the last few years, women and shoe designers alike have slowly been given the chance to get creative and find alternative ways to carry flats into the world of ladies footwear elite.



So if looking for an alternative way to rock your wardrobe without the pain of heels we have a few suggestions.  Although, we would never suggest you toss away your heels, ever! We simply want to offer a few tips for girls who want to look chic and pain-free, at least 2-3 days a week.

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Translucent flats can elongate your legs giving you a lean look. Rock them with pencil skirts, skinny pants, dresses and culottes for the weekend or with a blazer for the office. Feel free to get creative with these beige studded flats or snake panel ones. [show_shopthepost_widget id=”1028844″]

Translucent Ballerinas: Gianvito Rossi / Beige Flats: Valentino  / Snake Flats: River Island

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Ballet flats have been the traditional round toe alternative to heels since the 50’s. If you are seeking a classic and polished look these flats are your go-to. Keep a basic color like black or metallic in your wardrobe, or stay on-trend with seasonal colors, such as autumn’s most talked about shade ‘wine’ in Tory Burch’s minnie travel shoes for on-the-go fashionistas.

As a chic alternative to the basic style flat, ankle boots are the new LBD for the season. These suede flat boots have the versatility to take you on a day of shopping. While you “werk” these loafer inspired ankle boots to pep up your blue Monday. Alternatively, for that cool girl swagger moto ankle boots with short dresses are perfect for an evening on the town.

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Ballet Flats: Tory Burch/ Buckled Booties : Toga Pulla/ Ankle Boots: Acne

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Pointy toe flats are trendier and usually dress up even the most basic wardrobe for a business casual breakfast meeting. They are also the first step for girls taking a leap from heels to flats. Patterns such as these striped pointy-toe and leopard print flats can accentuate a classic outfit, turning traditional to chic. [show_shopthepost_widget id=”1028850″]

Striped Flats: ASOS / Leopard Print Flats: Gianvito Rossi

Special occasions, call for flats like these. They beautifully accessorize cocktail dresses and allow free-spirits to express personality in their footwear. So why not take the kitty for a walk or give a wink to the world with these Chiara Ferragni.

Menswear-inspired footwear give life to preppy styling. They are excellent in colder weather and look brilliant with trousers and suites. Loafers are also excellent for girls who need a bit more support. Go classic with these flats with fringe or add an old school touch to a modern look with rugged lug soles. For the stylish weekender go for these.

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Black Ankle Boots: Marc Fischer/ Suede Ankle Boots: Jeffrey Campbell / Flirting Flat: Chiara Ferragni/ Black Flats: Topshop

If you need more fashion advice check out our favourite turtlenecks or have a look at our favourite fall items.

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