We’ve all been there. Inviting odd looks from people as you stumble through a party, trying desperately to look cool and collected, while on the inside you’re doing everything you can to not throw your brand new stilettos from the 15th floor deck.
Sure, they were absolutely gorgeous and you’d been coveting them for weeks. And okay, maybe they were a size too small and steep enough to induce vertigo, but they were on sale! And that makes it okay, right? Plus you saw an almost identical pair on the Erdem runway at fashion week and just had to have it!
We’re glad to report your days of strained ankles, gel pads and carrying flip flops in your purse are officially over. Fashion has evolved past the ’look-at-me’ heel and into a city girl’s utilitarian alternative – the statement flat.
Wear them with anything from your flirtiest dresses to your most structured trousers, for these babies steal the show while leaving you with enough leg room to be the life of the party. Let’s stomp into 2014 with style, ladies!
Now a household name in India thanks to Bodice’s Ruchika Sachdeva, flatforms are the height of fashion. Pun intended, of course. A hybrid of flats and platforms, these babies provide you with an extra few inches while maintaining the comfort of a pair of flats. Plus, they look cool as hell. Win!
Also known as pool glides, fashion’s forward thinkers and cutting edge influencers are sporting them at everything from St. Tropez getaways to mid-morning meetings. Ain’t no sunshine where you’re from? Don’t miss out on the trend. Pair these babies with socks to beat the winter chill.
Give us a bit of sparkle and we’re always on board! King Karl had everyone sit up and take notice when he paired Chanel’s most intricate couture with grungy 80s-style trainers we’d usually sport at the gym. And while they might be at the top of Jane Fonda’s wish list, we’d rather opt for a more street version like a pair of sparkly converse shoes to glam up a basic outfit.
Nothing like a shot of flower power to skyrocket an outfit into spring. We love Ferretti’s tie-up version of the trend, but what we love more is how easily these babies are available! Make your way down to your favourite high street store and walk out with a pair on a bargain! Feeling bold? Pair your recent acquisition with other floral prints, or juxtapose it with a leather jacket for a seamless season-to-season transition.
Knee High Glads
When Masaba Gupta walked for Wendell Rodricks in a pair of knee high gold gladiator sandals, we knew the trend was here to stay. Resurrected from the early 2000s and recycled into a high fashion avatar seen on runways at Chloe and Pia Pauro, we suggest you get your pins into a pair, stat!
Who doesn’t love a pretty print? We love this season’s feminine twist on classic men’s footwear. Pick a pair that deserves its moment in the spotlight and let it take centrestage while you keep the rest of your outfit understated. Tip: opt for a pair with a pointed toe to keep your look sexy and streamlined.
Colour Block Sandals
Top-to-toe colour block is so last season. But this season is all about strips of playful colour across your feet. Cheat your way to the trend by DIY-ing your own pair. It’s as simple as bright scotch tape from a craft store and an old pair of sandals that needs re-furbishing! Ta-da!
Great news! These babies are no longer reserved for the feet of Elton John! Instead, fashion is jumping on board the high shine bandwagon in futuristic metal brogues that belong in nothing less than a sci-fi film. This unisex trend is spreading like wildfire among celebrities like Olivia Palermo and the street style set alike.
Which of these bad girls is your favourite? Tell us about it in the comments section below. Or head on over to Stylista.com to find the perfect minis, Dhoti trousers and short shorts to go with them, just in time for Summer!