I have had a request to discuss flat shoes for work. A great question and one that causes me slight pangs of regret and desire as I have in my life no real need for flat shoes for work. My “flat shoes for work” are trainers. Or flip flops. Or the squealing sound of a thousand unfulfilled creative dreams as I stamp about my house.
Anyway if you are looking for good flat shoes for work YOU ARE IN LUCK as that is basically all there is out there these days. I see a lot of cool young girls on the tube wearing these, with skinny jeans, cropped sweaters and crombie coats and they look great.
I can get quite het up over a chunky loafer, for example:
Like these from Office
wear these with trousers cropped to the ankle and a swing sweater. Mmmmm.
These Gucci-style loafers are very popular at the moment.
They don’t suit me, because my bum and hips are out of proportion with my tiny goat feet and slim little shoes make me look like an elephant balancing on a ball. But you may be slim and lithe and tall, so this style may well suit you best. The real, original Gucci loafers, for reference, are here.
If you had these you would be the height of fashion, but backless shoes leave me feeling a bit neurotic about them shooting off the end of my foot. Maybe you feel the same way? I am merely your humble reporter giving you the facts.
I don’t know about you, but these Carvela “Comfort” loafers had me at “Comfort”
These have a faint air of brothel creeper about them, which you will either like or not
Go wild and get something in a tan?
The other option is a good solid pair of brogues.
The only thing I would say about brogues is that unless you genuinely want to be mistaken for a boy, (which I sometimes rather do want to be), you must approach these with a certain amount of caution.
Wear with skirts and dresses or if you want to wear with tailoring, make sure there is a feminine dash somewhere, especially if you yourself are not madly feminine – a pink shirt or a ruffle somewhere or a pair of earrings.
You know, just so no-one asks you to open a jar. There are also, as you will see below, brogue options which are feminine in themselves with a slim cut and a hint of dazzle about them, which you could wear with full confidence that you won’t get called “son”.
These from shoe genius Steve Madden look absurd on the page but are very flattering on
Something in a black patent for sir?
Keep it very real with a pair of Doc Martens
I have tried these on, from M&S – they are great AND come in half sizes
Whichever one you go for, remember that we are heading into winter – nothing suede or delicate or flimsy or you just won’t wear them post-November.
Here is some cool flat shoe outfit inspiration.