Are you devoted to your high heels? Heels may be sexy, but flats are way more practical, and can be every bit as gorgeous as their higher counterparts. Plus they're far more comfortable in the warm weather - who wants hot, sweaty, sore feet? So flaunt some fabulous flats - here are some beautiful shoes to inspire you …
1 Sequinned Ballet Flats
While these Alexander McQueen flats are way out of the budget of most girls, they're so pretty that it's worth looking for a similar pair. A pale color like ivory or blush pink is perfect for a spring/summer wardrobe, and the sequinned embellishment adds a touch of luxury. They'd look great with capri pants or a summer dress, and could be worn for work or leisure.
2 Kitty Slipper
Lusting after Charlotte Olympia's gorgeous shoes? While the price tag may put these out of reach, you can get a touch of Charlotte's style by customising a pair of pale blue canvas ballet flats. Embroider a cat's face on the shoes (it's not difficult at all), and you'll have your very own designer shoes!
3 Striped Espadrille Sandals
Espadrilles are a summer favorite, as they're so comfortable and ideal to pack for your vacation. Here's an updated pair that are actually sandals. A striped pair like these will do double duty in your holiday wardrobe, as they can go with different colored garments. They're comfortable in the heat, and the perfect footwear for heading to the beach - but they're also good for lazy weekends at home.
4 Animal Print Toes
Animal print can be a bit overpowering if it's on the entire shoe, so these ballet flats are a nice compromise. By confining the zebra print to the toes, they tone it down and make it the accent detail. The bow also adds a smart detail. So if you want a pair of flats suitable for work, look for just that hint of the jungle!
5 Lace Espadrilles
If espadrilles are too casual for your liking, then how about this lace pair? The luxurious fabric lifts them into smart/casual. They'd work just as well for the evening with a dress. You could also look for a lacy pair of ballet flats or sandals, if you want really smart flats.
6 Embroidered Mules
These are so gorgeous, they're straight on my wish list for Christmas! But I doubt Santa's budget runs to designer labels, so I'll be looking for a cheaper version of these Oscar de la Renta mules. The gold embroidery is really classy and shows how flats can be every bit as lovely as heels. Who wants aching feet when you can wear a gorgeous pair of flats like these?
7 Gold Sandals
If you're looking for some new sandals for summer, a gold pair will be a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe. Gold will be very flattering to tanned skin. It's an easy color to find, so you're sure to find some gold sandals that fit your budget. You could choose a woven style, strappy sandals or gladiator sandals.
So why not leave your heels in the closet this summer, and treat your feet to some lovely new flats - they'll love you for it! Flats don't have to be dull - just look at this selection. What's the highest heel you can manage - or do they make you wobble?
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