If you’re wondering what spring shoes to buy this season – and what are the best women’s flats out there – then our ultimate flat shoes guide is for you. We’ve concentrated on three key spring fashion styles that are giving us ALL the footwear feels: the pointed flats, the animal print loafers and the low sculptural heels.
First up, we’re going to dispel a myth: flat shoes can be JUST as flattering as heels. It’s all in how you style them (we’ll give you some tips on how to dress for spring). And the obvious bonus? Women’s flats are infinitely more comfortable than tottering around on your tip-toes all day.
THE POINTED FLATS
First shoe buy for your wardrobe: the pointed flat shoes. These were big last summer and still a great investment this year too. Think of them as an updated version of your trusty ballet pumps. With a pair of pointed flats, it’s all in the detail – look for embellishment such as leather bows or braiding.
You’ll find some great colourful options on the high street, but we’re really enjoying this black woven leather pair from Zara. It’s a great everyday flat shoe that you’ll be able to wear through spring and summer.
Our pick: Woven ballerinas, €39.95, Zara
WHAT TO WEAR WITH POINTED FLATS
Enter the classic off-duty look! Pull on your skinny, cropped or kick-flare black jeans – the trick here is to show a bit of bare ankle as it’s more flattering with a super-flat shoe. Add a striped Breton top (topped with a few gold necklaces, a must right now) and a slouchy blazer. Relaxed chic never felt so comfy.
ANIMAL PRINT LOAFERS
Animal print: it never seems to go away! This eye-catching print has gone from flash-in-the-pan to forever in our wardrobes. If you couldn’t take your leopard faux fur coat
off all winter, and fancy a new way to rock the key trend for spring, then this is it: animal print loafers.
While we’ll always adore leopard print shoes, why not take a walk on the wild side and embrace the new animal on the block: zebra. Plus, it’s the perfect choice if you can’t decide between black or white… Granted, it’s an attention-grabbing print so tone things down by choosing classic yet comfy loafers. We love this chic pair from Dune, with gold hardware detailing.
Our pick: Guilott Snaffle Trim Loafer in Zebra Pony, €105, Dune at House of Fraser
WHAT TO WEAR WITH ANIMAL PRINT LOAFERS
Preppy and chic in equal measures, the loafer works with a variety of outfits thanks to its structured shape. Great with a pair of straight leg trousers and shirt for work (remember that flash of ankle!), you could also partner them with your new ladylike spring dresses. Don’t go overboard on the patterns though – let your shoes do the talking and match with single bold hues or neutral shades like khaki or grey.
LOW SCULPTURAL HEELS
Shoes with arty-style sculptural heels were around last year. This season they’re not only quirky to look at (thanks to circular and ball-shaped low heels), you’ll find them pretty easy to walk in and they won’t hurt your feel if you’re wearing them all day.
We love these suede mules from M&S – they’ll help elevate any outfit, seeing you through (dry) spring days to summer. Plus they’re incredibly versatile, looking great with printed dresses, denim and more. And thanks to their vibrant coral hue, they’ll give your look a welcome pop of colour too.
Our pick: M&S Collection suede mule shoes, €49, Marks & Spencer
WHAT TO WEAR WITH LOW SCULPTURAL HEELS
Contrast M&S’s sherbet coloured slingbacks against tawny neutrals, tans and beige: throw on your light trench
, add your pale indigo jeans and white tee, a dark tan bag and summer-ready sunnies. Springtime, here I come!
SHOE SHOPPING AT DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE
Whether it’s because they were in the sale (but one size too small), or you just couldn’t be bothered to return your online shopping binge, we’ve all been there: you absolutely LOVE a pair of shoes, even though they pinch your toes and cause you eye-watering blisters. Our best advice? As all brands’ footwear sizing comes up differently, come into Dundrum Town Centre for all your shoe shopping. That way, you can try out a few different sizes until you find your perfect fit ¬– and avoid adding to your fashion footwear injuries…