Sporting stilettos on the subway can make for one rough ride. Sudden stops on pin-thin heels? Goodbye, balance. Not to mention sidewalk grates. Yikes. In light of the serious situation at hand, we’ve gathered the comfiest and most stylish commute-friendly shoes on the market now.
Footwear brands have embraced the comfort message with refined takes on the quintessential flat. Updated details include lively prints, texture plays and new shapes.
Bagllerina offers perhaps the most versatile option with its collapsible ballet flat in a vibrant citrus color way. Need to switch into heels quickly? Fold ’em and go.
Luxury labels like Nicholas Kirkwood and Proenza Schouler offer elevated takes on classic comfort styles, including Proenza’s contrasting roped espadrille and Kirkwood’s zigzag-print slip-on. Aquazurra’s suede sandal-espadrille hybrid is a perfect fit for those stifling summer months.
While the footwear here is travel-friendly, many of the styles can easily transition to the office if the outfit you’re wearing is flats-appropriate. While sneakers present an equally comfortably on-trend option, we’ll stick with these chic flat offerings, as you always risk running into a higher-up on the way in to work.
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