15 Stylish Flats That Are Made for Vacation
The fashion world has finally embraced flats as an equally chic alternative to heels. And as a result, the past few years have been a true renaissance when it comes to heel-free footwear.
Cool mules and loafers have owned the runways, and casual canvas espadrilles have been getting the designer treatment. Even celebrities and It girls in street style blogs have recently been all about putting comfort first. Cue the sigh of relief from fashion-obsessed travelers worldwide.
We love the idea of playing around with a familiar classic silhouette and transforming it into a statement shoe with bold colors or by adding pretty details like ankle wraps. But our favorite shoe this season has to be the mule — we’d wear it in braided black fabric or a classic cognac.
So whether you’re in the market for classic ballet flats to bring on your European getaway, or you’d like to treat yourself to a pair of loafers to wear to the opening of a new restaurant, prepare to make some tough choices.
Below, check out the most stylish flats out there right now.
Via Spiga Baylie Tie Ballet Flat
This round-toe flat features a cushioned insole for added comfort, and the classic black leather will go with just about anything. Also, the ankle ribbon is removable.
To buy: amazon.com, from $135
Born Cameo Mule
These hand-sewn, textile slip-ons lend a vacation vibe to a workwear silhouette.
To buy: zappos.com, $90
Everlane Day Glove
These 100 percent Italian leather flats — which come in 10 colors — are instant classics.
To buy: everlane.com, $115
Frye Kenzie Slingback
Want to make a statement? Go for a slingback silhouette in a dressed-up metallic.
To buy: zappos.com, $179 (originally $198)
Cole Haan 3.Zerogrand Ruched Slip-on Ballet Flat
Gentle Souls Bay Unique Flats
The ballet-style elastic strap design on these flats isn't just for show, it also helps to stabilize your ankle and keep your heels from lifting out when you step.
To buy: zappos.com, $195
Sarah Flint Alysia Loafers
Calvin Klein Ghita T-strap Flat
Add a vintage vibe to your ensemble with these 1920s-inspired T-strap flats in sleek tan or black leather.
To buy: zappos.com, $95
Sam Edelman Felicia Flat
These palm-print ballerinas are sure to get you compliments around the world — and they're 30 percent off right now.
To buy: zappos.com, $69 (originally $100)
Naturalizer Samantha Half d’Orsay Flat in Black Leather
Comfortable shoes are what Naturalizer does best. This black flat includes a contoured footbed with arch and heel support, dual-density cushioning, and breathable lining — all on top of a stylish silhouette.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $89
Toms Birch Clemente Slip-ons
These canvas flats from Toms epitome of casual chic. They're also available in blue, sunflower yellow, and black.
To buy: toms.com, $50
Rothy's The Point Flat
These trendy woven flats are moisture-wicking, machine-washable, and eco-friendly (they're actually made of recycled plastic water bottles).
To buy: rothys.com, $145
Beek Siskin Mule
Arch support is molded right into the sole of Beek's minimalist leather slides, all of which are handmade in Mexico.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $375
Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat
From the queen of American sportswear comes a shoe that you can walk miles in: a ballet flat with the soles of a driver.
To buy: zappos.com, $228
Soludos Lemon Espadrille Flat
Espadrilles are the perfect warm-weather travel shoe, and this fun pair from Soludos reminds us of summer on the Mediterranean coast.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $75