As a child, I was fascinated by the grown-up glamour of the high heel, and like coffee or spicy food, I always assumed it was just something you learned to love as you got older. No matter how hard I tried as a teen and early twenty-something, I could never get on board (aside from the odd concession to a heeled boot). Instead, I have always been inexorably drawn toward flats: The polished appeal of a loafer, the nonchalant, cool-girl stylings of a brogue, and even the odd nod to the noughties ballet pump. Within this realm of smart flats, I always considered Church's to be the crème de la crème.
While I've seen plenty of appealing iterations over the years, they've never quite surpassed the timeless beauty of a Church's shoe. I have always felt like menswear can often, by default, feel more premium because it focuses on simple silhouettes and classic fits, and I believe this is what has drawn me back to Church's time and time again: a sort of unfussy, straight-forward chicness. While the odd deviation comes in the form of the brand's studded styles, such as the Pembrey Met.W loafer, which happens to be one of my favourite iterations on-site right now. Yes, it has that additional detailing, but it's not at the cost of versatility.
You'll see me wearing loafers with everything from tailored trousers and jeans to dresses and shorts all year round. If you invest in a pair that is well made, they will last you for many years to come, and in all honesty, it's probably one of the few things I spend money on to guarantee that longevity. It also seems as though I am not alone in my love of the brand, as I keep spotting countless cool girls on social media rocking their Church's flats with stripped-back separates. It's serious style kudos without the need for flashy logos.
While the studded loafer is at the top of my dream wishlist, I also have my eye on the Kelsey Met fisherman sandal, which would look achingly chic with straight-leg jeans and a Breton top for a Coco Chanel-inspired look. Whatever your preference, there's sure to be a shoe for you. Scroll down to see and shop my edit of the best Church's flats to love now and forever. This is an investment you won't regret