There is always a time and place for heels — cocktail parties, fancy dinners out, and for a powerful little boost when making a presentation.
But there are also times high heels are a pain, both figuratively and literally. Long days on foot, or times when you need to travel the distance means an impractical shoe just doesn’t make the cut. Fear not, though: sophisticated, stylish and comfortable flats and even sneakers do exist! See our guide and top picks below.
SNEAKERS & FLATS PICKS
Slip-ons are inarguably having a moment in fashion right now, and for very good reason: they’re equal parts dressy and comfortable. Next’s Leather Pointed Mules fit the bill perfectly, and offer an elongated silhouette with their soft caramel tone and pointed shape. Perfect for the office or to dress up a weekend outfit, slip into these slides any day, any time.
For a cheeky pop of colour and flash of metallic shine, Next’s Gold Heart and Lips Ballet Slippers add whimsy while complimenting jeans or a dress. The satiny embossed appliques bring a lighthearted approach to dress, while the lined design ensures these flats offer all-day comfort.
Leopard print is a timeless, classic and classy print, but looks especially ladylike in small doses. The Tony Slip On displays this balance perfectly, and offers a modern twist on a classic shape. The enduring loafer will always remain a workwear staple, but with a gold hardware embellishment and textured animal print panel, these shoes were made for walking just about anywhere.
For a comfortable and chic take on the athleisure trend, get around town in style with Next’s Monochrome Knit Look High Top Trainers. Lightweight and lined through to the sock, this easy to wear hightop is the perfect busy woman’s sneaker choice.
A clean, white lace-up sneaker is a style-staple; give yours a feminine update with the Fleur Sneakers. An intricate, embroidered floral motif decorates these classic shoes, these are sure to be your new go-tos.