20 Stylish Flats That Prove Comfortable Shoes Can Mean Business Too

Updated 05/01/19
Flats for Work
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Just like some days at the office call for a powerful pair of heels, others require something a bit more practical. Well, we have good news for anyone who's sick of wearing pumps and ready to store those boots until next winter: The right pair of flats will summon the same amount of power in the boardroom without all the discomfort.

In an effort to take the pressure off the balls of feet while still looking polished, we asked our friends over at Who What Wear for some fashion guidance. Anna LaPlaca came to the rescue by sharing the most on-trend and professional-looking styles of flats for work so you can fill up your shopping carts wisely.

Ready to step into something a little more comfortable? Read on to find out her style tips as well as the top four picks for each type of flat to wear to work, from refined classics, edgy statement-makers, laid-black kicks, and everything in between.

Oxfords, Brogues, and Loafers

Comfortable Shoes for Work
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"Maybe it's just me, but I've been noticing the quiet return of the Oxford shoe," LaPlaca muses. "While celebrities are wearing the lace-ups casually with jeans, they also make for an ideal pair of shoes for work as they will always look smart." If you're not ready to go full on Charlie Chaplin, opt for a pair of embellished loafers. A buckle on the toe can add just the right amount of personality while also dressing things up a bit for the office. 

Burwood Met Studded Glossed-leather Brogues
Church's Burwood Met Studded Glossed-Leather Brogues $630
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Available in sizes 36 to 41.

Harput Cocktail Loafers
Repetto Zizi Oxford Shoes $365
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Available in sizes 36 to 40.5.

Cordova Crepe Oxfords
Want Les Essentiels Cordova Crepe Oxfords $375
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Available in sizes 36, 37, 39, 40, and 41.

Lilac Suede Harput II 25 Loafers
Dorateymur Lilac Suede Harput II 25 Loafers $420
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Available in sizes 35 to 41.

Slingback Flats

Flats to Wear to Work
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"If you love the appeal of a pair of slingback pumps, save your feet the potential pain and try out this pretty flat trend," LaPlaca suggests. We happen to agree that "there's nothing to not love about these flats." The shape of these shoes is also timeless, so you won't have to worry about them going out of style, especially if you opt for a neutral hue (though we're also all for a bold statement). 

Diane Von Furstenberg Koko Leather Slingback Flats $230
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Available in sizes 5 to 9.

Zara Slingback Shoe $20
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Available in sizes 5 to 10.

Eve Metallic Leather Slingback Flats
Loeffler Randall Eve Metallic Leather Slingback Flats $325
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Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Jennifer Chamandi Vittorio Leopard-Print Calf Hair and Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats $660
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Available in sizes 37, 40, and 41.

Mules and Slides

Mules for Work
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If you're only going to purchase one pair of flats this seasons, let these be it. As LaPlaca says, "Where backless loafers reigned supreme last year, flat mules have replaced them in 2018. Sleeker and more pared-back, this year's crop of flat mules is rendered in the season's most covetable color palette of pastels."

Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt Emanuel Ungaro Amelie Leather Point-Toe Flats $525
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Available in sizes 35 through 42.

Buckle Velvet Mule
Yuul Yie Buckle Velvet Mule $310
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Available in sizes 35 to 45.

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Textured-leather Slippers $495
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Available in sizes 35 to 42.

Suede Slippers
Mansur Gavriel Suede Slippers $395
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Available in sizes 35 to 42.

Embellished Ballerinas and Modern Mary Janes

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Ballet-inspired flats and Mary Janes will always have a special place in our hearts and shoe collections. If you want something a bit more structured, opt for something with a strap and keep things au courant with plaid prints, lavender hues, metallic materials, and embellished accents. Say it with us, more is more.

Attico Julia Tiger-Print Calf Hair Point-Toe Flats $1060
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Available in sizes 36 through 40.

Tabitha Simmons Hermione Glittered Leather Point-Toe Flats $695
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Available in sizes 36 through 41.

Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats $750
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Available in sizes 36 through 41.5.

Alexa Chung Patent Leather Trimmed Checked Mary Jane Flats $359
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Available in sizes 35 through 42.

Babouches and Make-Your-Own Slides

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On the other hand, minimalism isn't going anywhere either. So if you're looking for something a little less bold, here's the flat style you should consider. "Wear these easygoing flats as they are, or step on the heel to create your own pair of slides. The versatile shoes will fit in seamlessly with the rest of your closet," LaPlaca explains. 

Martiniano Glove Shoe in Antelope $437
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Available in sizes 36.5 to 40.

Women's Mule Shoe by Everlane in Black, Size 8.5
Everlane Mule Shoes $145
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Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Mango Leather Flat Shoes $80
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Available in sizes 6 through 9.5.

Jimmy Choo Romy Patent-Leather Point-Toe Flats $595
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Available in sizes 35 to 41.

Now that you've treated your feet, get inspired by these work-ready outfit ideas from fashion week. 

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