For some, high heels are a tool of the patriarchy and a symbol of hypersexualisation. For others, it is simply a shoe that becomes uncomfortable five minutes into wearing it. Controversial reputation aside though, most fashion lovers can agree that the high heel is a feat of engineering. Coming in every colour, shape and style imaginable, heels are often regarded as the most imaginative footwear out there.
This gold star status means that flat shoes are often forgotten about – dismissed as a sensible but slightly boring footwear choice. Well, we’re here to inform you that the days of flats falling, well, flat are officially over as tons of exciting iterations hit the shops this autumn. For AW22 inspiration, we’re looking to Bobbies' elegant, French girl chic loafers, Dr. Martens for chunky Mary Janes and French Sole ballet flats for a pop of colour.
When it comes to choosing a pair of flats, it’s all about what the shoe can do for you. For those needing a bit of extra height (petite gang, we see you), Mary Janes with a slightly lifted sole are about to be your new best friend. And if you're blessed with the tall gene, Derby shoes are all you need to elevate any autumnal look. Whatever you fancy, we’ve rounded up the best flats on the market right now which work just as well for a Saturday stroll around town as they do for heading into the office.
Click through the slideshow ahead to shop five flat styles guaranteed to turn heads this autumn.
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