I rarely find myself wearing flat shoes because firstly, I love the click click of heels, the sexy shape they lend to the calve muscles but also my petite frame benefits from the additional height.
Nonetheless, I admire flat shoes anyway, not only because of the comfort they offer but because when it comes to practicality, there’s just no beating a shoe that allows you to walk with speed and without having to watch your every step.
If I do choose to lose my heels for the day, the flats I slip into would have to be nothing less than designer branded. Something that allows me to dress down without losing the glamour factor. And this Winter season, there is no shortage of fabulous designer flats that have incorporated a bit of bling but that are also slightly masculine. In Milan, I found these cute sneaker-type flats in shiny gold and black tinsel at the Vierre store on Montenapoleone which lay just a few inches away from Miu Miu’s snakeskin flats which are versatile thanks to the intricate colour combinations added to the animalier pattern.
Just across the road, Geox displayed these wingtip lace-up shoes, a typically boyish detail that looks chic on these dual-tone designs.
The Lezilla window amused me with these zip-up booties in gold and black. The buckles and diamond stitching make them a great option for younger wearers and those with a trendy sense of style.
But out everything that caught my attention and appealed to my casual side, I preferred these impossible-to-ignore Jill Sander lace-ups in silver. These appear to be rather retro but I love the fact that it does not bind you to any particular colour palate and that it can be dressed up or down beautifully.