Attractive flat shoes: they do exist

In honor of the end of Fashion Week, where women inflict relentless damage on their feet in the form of incomprehensibly high heels, I have compiled my picks for good-looking flat shoes. Because you can be chic without killing yourself.

Ballet Flats

GOOD SHAPES: An elongated toe. Oval, pointed, or a hint of a square at the tip. Avoid very round toes, as this looks stumpy and less sophisticated (a.k.a. girlish).

GOOD DETAILS: Animal prints can prove fun and surprisingly versatile, as can any metallic hue. For those fancy times, opt for some embellishment. Avoid big flowers or bows. Again, too girlish.

GOOD BRANDS: French Sole, Gentle Souls, and Corso Como all focus on comfort as well as appearance.

Loafers & Driving Shoes

GOOD SHAPES: True loafer style with a rubber sole. Classic and comfortable.

GOOD DETAILS: Candy colors and metallics give a fun, modern (yet tasteful) touch to muted outfits.

GOOD BRANDS: Tod’s, Peter Millar, Eddie Bauer, Aquatalia, Michael Kors

Sneakers

GOOD SHAPES: Old school canvas is back!

GOOD DETAILS: Clean, no-frills designs in solid colors. And unless you’re going to the gym, athletic sneaks are a no.

GOOD BRANDS: Keds and Converse

UPDATE: I’ve included some picks from my shopping day with Karen. Very swanky loafers she spotted at Nordstrom Rack:

Joan & David

Cole Haan

These aren’t available online, but you can take a look at the brands’ selections on Nordstrom’s site.

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