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If having a baby or chasing a toddler didn't break you of your heels habit, chances are a global pandemic may have. Just as we've transitioned to more comfortable bras, the thought of cramming our feet back into foot hobbling heels sounds like absolute torture.
Most days my go-to is a slip-on sneaker (laces are also too much work anymore) but sometimes you need something that packs the sass and style of a heel. Enter: Comfortable flats.
The right pair of flats can pair with anything from joggers or jeans to pleated skirts and sweater dresses. They're versatile and often timeless which makes some styles great investment pieces. However, they're not all created equal. I've owned more than my share that have chewed up my heels or rubbed all the skin off my poor little pinky toe. I've limped into drug stores in various world cities looking for blister bandages despite thinking I'd packed properly. This is to say, I've learned from my mistakes and now know how to evaluate what makes a pair of comfortable flats. Let me help you, too.
From the best pointy-toed flats to ballet flats and even gorgeous loafers that convert into mules, there's something here for every (practical) fashionista.
Our favorite comfortable flats
[This was originally published August, 2018. It has since been updated.]