Flats on our feet Please

Heels are great. We all love them. But there comes a time when flat is a much more appealing idea. Flat shoes, or flats,  are the sensible choice. But since when did we choose sensible over style, fashion fans?

Well, now you can have both. Stylish, sensible, flat shoes. On trend this season, flats are the celebrity shoe of choice, and for this autumn/winter there are LOADS to choose from, all sorts of styles.

The big three flats groups are chunky/brogue style, loafers, and pumps.

Loafers are sturdy, and stylish, and perfect in this season’s berry shades, or bright and bold metallics. Wear with cropped capri pants, or jeans. We love GAP’s burgundy white-soled casual loafer. French Connection’s slip-on snakeskin loafers are a fun take on a traditional shoe – and the only flatform we’re loving this week.

flat shoes loafersClockwise, from top left: Black loafers, £25, BHS, burgundy flatform loafers, £34.95, gold loafers, £34.95, both GAP, snakeskin slip-on blackless loafers, £95, French Connection, burgundy patent loafers, £22.99, New Look, brown fringe tassel loafers, £65, White Stuff, studded loafer, £24.99, New Look, green patent loafers, £55, Faith @ Debenhams.

Chunky soles, Dr Martens, and brogues. Shoes that we’ve stolen from the guys, we love chunky shoes. We love the feel of them, the look of them, and the variety of them we can stick our feet in! Brogues are uber-mart work shoes, great with midi skirts, brilliant with trouser suits, fantastic with jeans. We love metallic brogues, and classic styles. We love them all, the king of flats!

flat shoes chunky brogue styleClockwise, from top left: Red Kickers shoes, £75, Schuh, rose gold metallic brogues, £19.99, GAP, T-bar chunky sole shoes, £35, Schuh, Ribbon bow Dr Marten’s, £90, Schuh, metal plate brogues, £110, French Connection, brown brogues, £69.95, White Stuff

And finally pumps and slingbacks. Ballet pumps you can fold up and stick in your bag on a night-out. Flat slingbacks. Brilliant berry shades for autumn, gorgeous metallics and the obligatory leopard print – guaranteed to add something to jeans and a Tee! And how beautifully stylish are H&M’s navy bow front satin slingback pumps? Super stylish flats a la Audrey Hepburn. Team with capri pants, or a midi skirt – sorted.

flat shoes pumps and slingbacksClockwise, from top left: Navy satin slingbacks, £19.99, H&M, metallic embellished pumps, £39, RJR John Rocha @ Debenhams, grey suede and metallic slingbacks, £29.99, H&M, burgundy cut out pumps, £12.99, H&M, berry embellished pumps, £20, BHS, camel T-bar strap sandals, £19.99, New Look, leopard print pumps, £20, Schuh, striped Butterfly Twists folding pumps, £25, JOY.

 

Keep it on the down-low…

Ever taken a tumble in those high heels? You’re in good company. Models keep falling over on the catwalk  – every Fashion Week seems to throw up another model who has come crashing down on the runway. At London Fashion Week last week, a model took a tumble in the Ekaterina Kukhareva autumn/winter 2013 show. Check out this link for more photos of tumbling models around the catwalks of the world – including Naomi Campbell’s fall during a Vivienne Westwood show in 1993!

Sometimes, we think, it’s just better to keep it on the down-low. Stash the stilettos, pass on the platforms, and embrace some flats. Here’s a few of our favourite flatties – guaranteed to walk over cobbles with ease, not get you stuck in cracks in the pavement, and make that long, painful walk home from the pub a lot easier!

fabulous-FlatsWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left)

RED MEL PLASTIC BOW FRONT FLATS,  £30, MEL @ SCHUH, ZEBRA PRINT PUMPS, £7.99, H&M, GOLD SANDALS, £48, TOPSHOP,  BLACK CHERIE BALLET PUMPS, £23, SCHUH, PINK LASER CUT PUMPS, £24, TOPSHOP, BLACK LACE DETAIL PUMPS, £23, DOROTHY PERKINS, LEOPARD PRINT SLIPPER PUMPS, £14.99, H&M, BLACK ‘BROGUE’ STYLE FLATS, £24.99, NEW LOOK, BLUE STUDDED T-BAR FLATS, £17.99, NEW LOOK.

*Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions