In my experience, finding flat shoes on the high street has always been unnecessarily difficult, particularly 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, this season 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.
Style Notes: Bring out the colour in your outfit with a pair of vibrant, lace-up shoes. Freddie Harrel's Rogue Matilda platforms hit the spot nicely.
Style Notes: Mango delivers with these unusual woven flats, as seen on Alex Stedman. You'd never guess they were from the high street (they look super comfy too).
Style Notes: Zara's bow silk shoes are all this oversized suit needs to shine. Can we borrow your wardrobe please, Sylvie?
Shop My High-Street Flats Edit
The statement buckle plus mock croc make these look so expensive.
Wear with your fave slip skirt.
A hint of animal print will add personality to any outfit.
White accessories are so cool right now.
Brogues are still our go-to for classic style.
These ankle strap shoes are the perfect party alternative to stilettos.
These buckled loafers are so timeless.
The dream shoes to wear with tights and a miniskirt.
These will liven up a pair of straight-leg jeans.
We love the pearl detail on these slip-on shoes.
A simple and elegant addition to your shoe collection.
A more unusual spin on the traditional chain loafer.
Proof that ballet pumps aren't totally outdated. This Chanel-inspired pair from M&S is a classic.