The world is always changing, and so too are the fashion elite's attitude towards flat shoes. Once upon a time, no editor worth her salt would dare sit front row at a show in trainers. That's certainly changed. Those Stan Smiths have their own sartorial gravity on par with any mile-high shoe style. Not only does a pair of natty mules or luxe leather sneakers dial down a megawatt dress or relax a smart outfit, they ooze a level of personal confidence. You don't need to tower over your natural height or tiptoe over cobbles to look chic. Done right, flat shoes heighten an outfit's cool just as much as any heel.
Scroll down for 13 elevated, chic looks you must try on your day off from stilettos.
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On Alex Stedman: Sézane shirt; Kate Spade shorts (£168); Kate Spade Austin bag (£295).
Style Notes: If you're doing shorts in the city, closed-toe shoes are an ideal pairing (and also are ideal if you haven't got round to giving your feet any TLC). Embrace a sharp monochrome look to avoid tipping into beach territory.
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On Natia Bukia: Lako Bukia dress; Stella McCartney purse; Céline sunglasses.
Style Notes: Teaming box-fresh trainers with tulle creates the ultimate high-low approach to dressing. So next time you're wondering when on earth you'll get wear out of that dress that you can't resist buying, just think all the time.
Style Notes: Espadrilles needn't always equal strappy sandals. Think outside of the box, and look to closed-toe styles in sandy colours for an unexpected addition to jeans and flowing skirts.
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Style Notes: The weekend means you can reach out for your shredded and tatty denim that wouldn't be appro. for the office. Bring out your urban boho girl with leather biker accessories, shorts and a relaxed semi-tucked shirt. Those chunky, flat ankle boots are indeed for all seasons.
Style Notes: No garm is too chic for a pair of trainers, so pile on the statement accessories, Pandora charms and faux-fur trimmings.
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Style Notes: Never underestimate the power of smart staples to elevate your otherwise-relaxed shoe game. Veronika Heilbrunner loves these worn-in white boots, but her chic suiting readdresses the balance perfectly.