Unlike previous seasons, sky-high heels and platforms are not the only shoe options this fall. In fact, with the increasing visibility and production of fashion forward loafers, sophisticated slippers, and unique oxford designs, flats are taking center stage in the footwear competition, which comes as great news for those of us who are wary of back-breaking 5-inchers. Here are this season's most coveted designs in the foot-friendly shoe department.
The Italian Bow
The word buoyant definitely comes to mind when looking at these beautifully crafted Italian oxfords from Attilio Giusti. Featuring a feminine ribbon bow which tops the glossy patent leather surface, these shoes make for an investment-worthy pair that you can wear no matter how serious or light the occasion gets.
Perfect for those with a daring fashion sense, these tapestry-inspired flats will fit right into your inspired wardrobes. With a simple oxford design and antique floral print, these statement shoes from Modcloth will give any outfit a fun and powerful stance. Pair with simple and low-key ensembles to give these shoes the attention they deserve.
A Pink Galaxy
A galaxy of starry studs feels refreshingly feminine when laid across a sleek light pink slip on, as seen on these Sole Society flats. The pointed toe keeps the shoe sophisticated and grown up without taking away from its fanciful nature.
The Rainbow Effect
Steve Madden's version of the everyday flat comes crystallized with an array of colors for an ultra-rainbow effect. Spectacular sparkle gives these youthful and fun flats that sassy flair that will for sure brighten up any outfit you have on.
Your Fanciest Slippers
The gold metallic brocade on these Topshop lace slippers gives the casual silhouette a super fancy upgrade while remaining casually cool. Pair these sophisticated slippers with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a white button down for a preppy-gone-glam look.
Monk-Strap Your Oxfords
Subtle leopard spots trace the haircalf on these monk-strap oxfords from Alexander Wang for a unique and fashion-forward design. A tapered toe and stacked heel complete the retro silhouette, making these oxfords the "it" shoe for this fall season.
The Golden Prize
Jill Sander's contemporary line, Navey reimagines the menswear-inspired oxford in an eye-catching metallic, the perfect combination to contrast this season's moodier romantic trends. Show off these striking shoes by pairing them with a textured white dress or with a camo-inspired ensemble.
Sleek and Tasseled
Playful or professional, you decide, as these sleek and versatile shiny leather loafers from Boutique 9 manage to fit both arenas. Detailed with tonal tassels and a notched top line, these pointy shoes give menswear-inspired loafers both a fresh and seductive turn.
For the Denim Lover
Give your flat footwear a casual upgrade with this simple denim pair from Marais USA. Crafted from a lightly glazed canvas, this simple pair of lace-up oxfords gives off a polished vibe without feeling too stuffy. Pair these navy denim oxfords with this season's jacquard print for a fancy-casual mix that ought not to be missed.
The Most Romantic PVCs
Jason Wu brings his sexy high-end design to Melissa's fun and youthful PVC flats for this limited-edition collection. A womanly lace pattern and peep-toe design feels romantic and sophisticated while the the owl medallion and grosgrain bow feel girly and sweet.
The curved top line on these studded Loeffler Randall flats gives off a vintage flair to an otherwise classic shape. And then there is that chic attitude brought on by the combination of brushed gold studs dotting the suede silhouette. Can you say perfect smoking flat? We definitely can.
More Bows Please
When has one bow ever been enough. We say never—which is why these sweet Mary-Janes from Topshop which feature 3 bows placed on a T-strap design aim to please the fashion masses. Its black patent finish and contrast toe cap make for a sophisticated combination while the gold studs give edge to an otherwise sweet shoe.
Designer Dream Slippers
Giuseppe Zanotti's plush smoking slippers give a whole new meaning with much glam appeal to the traditional smoking slippers. Crystallized tassels elevate the mystery and intrigue of these seductive slippers, while the luxurious soft velvet fabric makes for the most sumptuous impression.