In a soundbite heard ‘round the world, Victoria Beckham — consummate stiletto-wearer and designer known for her slinky, sexy dresses — confessed to The Telegraph, “I just can’t do heels anymore. At least not when I’m working.”
It seems that the fashionista formerly known as Posh Spice has finally let her life as a successful business woman, wife and mother of four kids catch up to her personal style. Lately she has been spotted in oversize turtleneck sweaters, menswear-inspired trousers and, you guessed it, flats. (Even sneakers, if you can believe it!)
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Victoria Beckham’s sleek and cool approach to wearing flats while working and traveling has inspired us to reconsider just how much a great pair of flats can do for our daily uniform. A pair of on-trend, lace-up flats will go perfectly with our favorite spring dresses and skirts, while a pair of loafer slides worn with cropped pants and a blouse make pajama dressing acceptable at the office.
Ahead, shop our five favorite flat styles for spring.
These shoes are like a hybrid between loafers and slippers, and are part of Spring 2016’s pajama dressing trend. In black, cognac or metallic leather they’ll go perfectly with all of your favorite pants and jeans — but don’t be afraid to mix things up with a fun color or print.
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Old Navy pointed flat fashion mule, $24.
Jeffrey Campbell ‘Sonule’ slides, $110.
Madewell ‘Elie’ slipper flats, $95.
Topshop ‘Kola’ mule flats, $100.
Zara flat laminated slippers, $50.
We love d’Orsay flats — which are characterized by their pointed toe and grasp both at the front of the foot and around the heel — because they’re a pretty, elegant update to the classic pointy flat.
BC Footwear ‘Society’ d’Orsay flats, $60.
Target ‘Celine’ ballet flats, $23.
Louise et Cie ‘Lenya’ slip-on, $139.
Joe’s ‘Kindness’ flats, $109.
Tommy Hilfiger ‘Neema’ flats, $69.
Lace-up pointed-toe flats
These girly flats are reminiscent of an actual ballerina’s pointe shoe. The laces that criss-cross at the foot add support to keep your foot in place and draw the eye to the most slender part of your leg: your ankle. Wear these with flowy dresses and pleated skirts to show off their details. (They make a great alternative to heels for dressier occasions, too!)
Zara lace up leather ballerinas, $90.
Target ‘Kady’ flats, $25.
Zara ballerinas with straps, $70.
J. Crew lace-up ballet flats, $158.
Ivanka Trump ‘Tropica’ lace-up flats, $140.
Whether you go with a “smoking slipper” or “penny loafer” style, traditional loafer styles will always be a classic choice. Look for velvet or shiny leather for timeless wearability, or fun prints, tassel or fringe details for a modern update.
Zara embossed slippers, $30.
G.H. Bass ‘Diane’ Original Weejuns, $110.
Topshop ‘Kube’ metal trim loafers, $100.
Steve Madden ‘Meela’ loafers, $80.
Seychelles ‘Stray’ loafers with fringe, $110.
Perfect for transitioning from the warm weather of spring into the hot summer months, espadrille flats just might be the most comfortable warm-weather shoes ever. Wear them now with boyfriend jeans and pair them with everything else come summer.
Soludos ‘Otomi’ platform smoking slippers, $75.
DV for Target ‘Tia’ espadrilles, $25.
Gap suede loafer espadrilles, $40.
J. Crew printed snakeskin espadrilles, $98.
Soludos Original ‘Mallorcan Stripe’ espadrilles, $48.