In my experience, finding flat shoes on the high street has always been unnecessarily difficult, especially in winter. While my collection of heeled boots continues to swell, I'm left lacking in the flats department, and the result is unhappy feet and one seriously worn-out pair of loafers.
However, right now I have no excuse when it comes to subjecting my toes to daily torture, given the flats and low-heel renaissance. After all, flats offer a level of nonchalance we often see (and covet) in the outfits of our favourite bloggers, particularly French girls. They can bring a dramatic maxi dress back down to earth, give an androgynous twist to a silky slip skirt or balance out a smart suit.
This season, the high street has delivered on the flats front, with mock-croc finishes, statement buckles and the obligatory flash of animal print. So chic. My top three picks? Zara's mock-croc square-toed loafers (wear with a cord suit) and snake-print loafers (a dream with denim) and Uterqüe's khaki slingback shoes (style with a slip skirt). But really, I want them all. Scroll down to see the high-street shoe styles I'm shopping this week.