When you dress up for a formal occasion, you undoubtedly step into a pair of heels. Going to a wedding? Strappy stilettos. A job interview? Perfect pumps. Heels just have a way of instantly elevating any look. But, you don't have to teeter three inches above the earth to have a killer ensemble — you can look polished and sleek without wincing in pain at every step.
As proof, we rounded up comfy flats perfect for four types of formal occasions you'll likely encounter this summer, and these steppers are every bit as sexy and gorgeous as any pair of heels. Ahead, see how you can get back to enjoying your life sans podiatrist bill. Save that cash for a few extra pairs of shoes instead.