The finest in flats

There’s nothing like slipping into a comfy pair of flats before you head out the door. Before you dismiss the idea, you can be a fox in flats… you just need the right pair. Here’s a little guide of where you can find your favourite style of winter flat.

Ballet flats

Ballet flats

The best tip when trying on ballet flats is don’t compromise comfort. Before you leave the store, make sure they fit like a glove. Take the time to try on both, because each foot is different and one may be comfortable and the other may not. Don’t be scared to take them on a little test-drive around the shop before you buy. Also take a look at the soles before you hand over your cash. If they have a slick sole, reconsider, or you may find yourself on your backside in the rain! Otherwise, you can buy anti-slip sole appliques (at most good shoes shops). We love ballet flats because they’re so versatile. They look fabulous with skinny jeans (or any jean for that matter), a maxi skirt (particularly a tube skirt), leggings or ponte pants (have you noticed, they’re everywhere at the moment?). We’ve done a scout around and here are a few of our favourites:

Loafers

A classic loafer is timeless and guess what? So hot right now! With new twists on this old favourite, feel free to roll up the cuffs on your jeans, show your ankles and your hot new loafers! OK, they may not be as feminine as their ballet flat counterpart, but they’re certainly gracing the pretty pins of celebrities and combined with shifts and minis they look good! So where should you look for this winter trend? Go and check out chain stores like Big W. Their own brand, Emerson has some lovely ones from under $15! Here is a selection of our other current faves.

Ankle boots

Boots are an investment that stands the test of time. This winter, it’s all about ankle boots. You can choose a small block heel or flat. Both work with this season’s skinny jeans, ponte pants, tights, leggings and skirts. The sales have started early, so you are sure to pick up a bargain if you know where to look.

Happy shopping — go flat out!

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