The Rise of the Flat Shoe

Flats are fast becoming an accepted party shoe, even for black tie events.

Flats are fast becoming an accepted party shoe, even for black tie events.

Once upon a time, I was an expert in running around in high heels of all kinds. I had them all: the classic stiletto, wedge, platform type, stacked, even the often debatable kitten. Working in a magazine made heels a mandatory requirement especially at events and Fashion Week. You’re simply not dressed up wearing flats or any hybrid of a non-heel. My editor would probably have had a panic attack had I worn sneakers with a cocktail dress like how it’s done today. High heels, apart from making me taller than my petite 5’2, instantly gave me a confidence boost, making my leg muscles tighten and back straighter. It made me feel powerful, authoritative, grown-up. I also liked the clicking sound it made–a signal that someone important was coming, or a promise of a fun night ahead. As much as it was uncomfortable, I was determined to last on them for the whole workday and sometimes until after if I decide to pull an all-nighter. I don’t know how I did it, it seemed being young meant I had more willpower and a higher threshold for pain for killer heels. And former colleagues seem to agree. Titas to the max.

These days however, it feels like high heels literally KILL me. You can’t make me last more than a few hours standing or walking in them. It feels like a sharp knife is constantly digging into my lower legs, crushing my feet and straining my back. Gone were the days when I could “rampa” the day and night away at 5’6 (sometimes 5’7 if I was feeling adventurous). So imaging my delight and surprise when come 2014, sneakers–yes even trainers–were all the rage and it was de rigueur to wear flats even at a black tie event. I was finally free of having to put up with the ideal height where clothes supposedly fall and look better! I can be my short self and still be considered fashionable. This particular trend is a true lifesaver for women everywhere and I couldn’t be happier. In the advent of flats being the It shoe, designers were given the challenge to reinvent a classic into something more than a pair to replace heels with at the end of the work day. Hybrids came in the form of gladiator tie-ups, kitschy prints and embroidery, studs, even plastic. Suddenly, it was cool to wear Birkenstocks again–with an embellished dress at that! Sandals and slip ons now have a wide array of designs from bohemian, minimalist, punk and athletic. A flat for every personality! Here’s a rundown of what caught my eye.

All photos from the World Wide Web.

A rare photo of the Vogue EIC in slip-ons.

A rare photo of the Vogue EIC in slip-ons.

Black-tie flats.

Gorgeous black-tie flats by Oscar Dela Renta.

Blinged out flats fit for a wedding.

Blinged-out flats fit for a wedding from Miu Miu.

Another "wedding" flat in satin with stones.

Another “wedding” flat in satin with stones.

Lovely pointy-toed versions.

Lovely pointy-toed designer versions.

This photo has been quoted the f*ck it flat, because these girls have nothing to prove.

This photo has been dubbed the f*ck it flat because really, these girls have nothing to prove.

This pair has a retro cool vibe as only Prada can do.

This pair has a retro cool vibe as only Prada can do.

Something out of Marie Antoinette's budoir.

Something out of Marie Antoinette’s budoir, Miu Miu.

Dressy holiday flats.

Dressy holiday flats from Charles & Keith.

Gold flats are a must-have neutral.

Gold flats are a must-have neutral.

Easy, breezy & comfortable.

Easy, breezy & comfortable.

A variety of flat sandals.

A variety of flat sandals.

These Jimmy Choos also looks equally good with a chic LBD

These Jimmy Choos also looks equally good with a chic LBD

Also on everyone's wish list: Lanvin flats.

Also on everyone’s wish list: Lanvin flats.

More flat fans!

More flat fans all in Charlotte Olympia’s knockout kitten pair.

The ever-popular Yosi Samras that women all over swear by.

The ever-popular Yosi Samras that women all over swear by.

Celebrities embracing comfort over fashion.

Celebrities embracing comfort over fashion.

A perennial classic: the leopard print.

A perennial classic: the leopard print.

Camo print as a shoe is actually cool.

Camo print as a shoe is actually cool.

A quirky zebra on smoking slippers.

A quirky zebra on smoking slippers.

And finally, my small collection.

My own humble collection showcasing my many personalities.

 

 

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