Flat out pretty: Take a break from sky-high heels with these fab flats
Although your high heels may affect how men treat you—and your power over them—they also can affect how your body feels. And not in a good way.
In fact, high heels can be legitimately harmful, according to Natalie A. Nevins, an osteopathic physician, in an article for the American Osteopathic Association. Heels can cause ingrown toenails, irreversible damage to leg tendons, nerve damage, bunions, injured leg muscles, plantar fasciitis, lower-back pain (including sciatica), knee problems, hip strain and more.
Now, we can’t blame you for the occasional adornment of stilettos, but you don’t have to sacrifice style and beauty when you take a break from those sky-high styles.
Here are our favorite flats for winter, perfect for those days when you want to give your poor tootsies a rest.
Ballerinas. Ballet flats are a given when it comes to stylish slip-ons. Wear them with everything from jeans to your New Year’s gown. But you might be surprised by the different varieties of ballet flats you can find, with everything from sparkle (like these Anniel gems from Anthropologie) to tie-dye to studded (like these inspirational (albeit pricy) Valentino flats from Nordstrom).
Mocs. We are nuts over moccasins right now. Again, don’t limit your definition of these classic comfy shoes. Today’s modern mocs are jaw-droppingly stunning, with tassels, hand-beaded touches and whip-stitched details. Between the colors, gold stitching, details and comfort, we cannot handle how much we want these Lilka tasseled mocs from Anthropologie.
Loafers. As gross and old-manny as this word sounds, new-school loafers can be (wait for it) sexy. Don’t believe us? How about these Ras twin ballerina loafers from Anthro, made in Spain? Or transform loafers into something totally quirky and hip, with these silver sparkle loafers (above) that actually made us LOL. Your grandpa never wore loafers like this.
Classic dress shoes, sans the heel. Look for classic leather, pointed-toe shoes that are totally appropriate to wear to that sophisticated work meeting, but won’t ravage your tendons in the process. So you can keep your mind on your work, not feet. We’re digging this Klub Nico silver and gold style.
Oxfords. No shoe collection is complete without at least one good pair of oxfords. These Born Bristol shoes from Nordstrom are timelessly classic, with a sweet pop of light pink to make them unique. Try oxfords with tights and a knee-length, A-line wool skirt, for a perfect retro revival this winter.
Canvas sneakers. Yes, it’s a flashback to the early ’90s. If you can get over that, look for a new spin on canvas sneakers—without the puff paint—and with cute prints, like these floral-print shoes at Charlotte Russe that’ll cost you less than $20.