We're in the midst of a comfort epidemic, and I'm here for it. Fed up with the usual faff of high heels, A-listers have decided to switch things up and go low. Many of the women we follow for style advice have been having a rather casual few weeks or so, stepping into sensible, bouncy, lovely flat shoes. Natalie Portman has been seen in Nikes (also carrying a very nice new Dior bag), Gigi Hadid in Birkenstocks, Cate Blanchett in thick-soled white sneakers (they matched with her shocking pink trouser suit) and Emma Roberts in a range of cute summer dresses with different ballet pumps.
There are more names and outfits on this growing list of flat shoe lovers, and we don't expect the trend to stop any time soon. (Why would it when brogues, ballet pumps and kicks can look just as chic as anything stacked and are immeasurably easier to wear on a day-to-day basis?) We're glad celebs have caught up with the rest of us. Whether in Paris or L.A., New York or London, there's a general consensus that heels are fine and dandy for a special occasion, but if you want to get your to-do list done, you'll probably need a decent pair of flats. Victoria Beckham once said she "can't concentrate in flats," but we can't concentrate on anything else right now besides these chic, foot-friendly options.
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Style Notes: Stacey Dooley is our minimalist queen, often finishing her simple denim looks off with chic slides like these Gucci ones.
Style Notes: These Miu Miu slingbacks tap into Emma Roberts's retro style perfectly. They look good with a sundress, but will work just as easily with jeans and a jumper come autumn. They're now sold out due to the fact they came out last winter, but we have some other options for you below.
Style Notes: We're used to seeing Gigi in either sneakers or skyscraper heels, but this has got to be a first. Birkenstocks with socks? Not just for ahead-of-the-curve hiking dads, you know.
Style Notes: Olivia Palermo has quite a few pairs of flat shoes in her repertoire. She often uses daintier versions (like these Dior slingbacks) with dresses and skirts, and then employs brogues or Derby flats for more tailored looks.