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Flat Shoes Are Back! Here Are 5 Styles We’re Wearing This Autumn

For some, the high heel is a tool of the patriarchy and a symbol of hypersexualisation. For others, it is simply a shoe that becomes uncomfortable five minutes into wearing it. Controversial reputation aside though, most fashion lovers can agree that the high heel is a feat of engineering. Coming in every colour, shape and style imaginable, heels are often regarded as the most imaginative footwear out there.

This gold star status means that flat shoes are often forgotten about – dismissed as a sensible but slightly boring footwear choice. Well, we’re here to inform you that the days of flats falling, well, flat are officially over as tons of exciting iterations hit the shops this autumn. For AW21 inspiration, we’re looking to The Row’s simple leather slip-ons, Maison Margiela’s split-toe loafers and JW Anderson’s statement clogs with sparkling gold hardware.

When it comes to choosing a pair of flats, it’s all about what the shoe can do for you. For those needing a bit of extra height (petite gang, I see you), Mary Janes with a slightly lifted sole are about to be your new best friend. And if you’re blessed with the tall gene, Derby shoes are all you need to elevate any autumnal look. Whatever you fancy, we’ve rounded up the best flats on the market right now which work just as well for a Saturday stroll around town as they do for heading back to the office.

Click through the slideshow ahead to shop five flat styles guaranteed to turn heads this autumn.

 

Derby shoes might traditionally be worn by big-city bankers in three-piece suits but the new era of lace-ups is all about enhancing their masculine form with strong, square shapes and chunky soles. For the perfect back-to-the-office ‘fit, pair with wide-leg trousers, a loose-fit shirt and a statement sweater vest.
Labucq Buddy Black, $, available at Labucq

Maison Margiela Tabi Flat Leather Shoes, $, available at MatchesFashion.com

Monki Conny Vegan Chunky Lace Up Shoe, $, available at ASOS

COS Chunky Derby Shoes, $, available at COS

Vagabond Eyra Shoes, $, available at Vagabond

Loafers have been an autumn staple since time immemorial. Pulling together almost any outfit, the loafer is ideal for those who don’t enjoy heeled boots but still want to look smart. For a bit of extra glamour, turn to one of this season’s many embellished styles, including chain links and bejewelled brooches.
Jil Sander Leather Loafers, $, available at My Theresa

Ganni Leather Crystal Embellished Loafers, $, available at Ganni

Mango Leather Penny Loafers, $, available at Mango

Zara Leather Loafers With Decorative Detail, $, available at Zara

Grenson Philippa, $, available at Grenson

Previously saddled with a rather ropey reputation, the clog managed to pull itself back from the brink in 2020 and its reign is continuing into 2021. Offering a comfortable, slip-on alternative to lace-up brogues, clogs are the perfect companion to casual dressing.
JW Anderson Chain-embellished Leather Mules, $, available at MatchesFashion.com

ALOHAS Whiz Black, $, available at alohas

Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed, $, available at Birkenstock

Zara Rubberised Clogs, $, available at Zara

Mango Quilted Detail Clog, $, available at Mango

Named after the shoes worn by a sweet-looking cartoon character, Mary Janes are as adorable as they come. Consisting of a closed, rounded toe and T-bar strap, the style is childlike, whimsical and cute as a button. For a more grown-up take, pair with patterned socks, a tennis skirt and an oversized trench. 
Next Black Leather Signature Angled Toe T-Bar Shoes, $, available at Next

Topshop Leonard Chunky T Bar Loafer in White, $, available at ASOS

Reformation Abalonia Chunky Maryjane, $, available at Reformation

Burberry Black Patent Leather T-Bar Shoes, $, available at Browns

Proenza Schouler T-bar Leather Flats, $, available at MatchesFashion.com

Quite possibly synonymous with your old school shoes, the new ballet flat is all about chic minimalism. With no little bows in sight, the new wave of designs feature scrunched leather, square toes and dainty accent straps. If you’re searching for a shoe that lets your clothes do the talking, these barely there ballet flats are exactly what you need.
The Row Olga Polished Leather Mary Jane Flats, $, available at MatchesFashion.com

ALOHAS Sway Chestnut Brown Flat, $, available at alohas

Jigsaw Chester Soft Leather Loafers, $, available at Jigsaw

Zara Soft Ballet Flats, $, available at Zara

Bottega Veneta Point-toe Leather Ballet Flats, $, available at MatchesFashion.com

 


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