15 Evening Flats That Are Chic Alternatives To Heels

There’s nothing elegant about hobbling in your stilettos. It’s the great dilemma about dressing for evening, isn’t it? Sacrificing comfort for style. But fear not: The evening flat is here to save you (and more importantly, your feet).

Designers embraced refined flats this season, reworking the typically casual style into dressy pieces that are gala-worthy. But don’t be fooled by its subtlety — luxe materials and high-quality craftsmanship ensure the shoes are still up to evening standards, with a steep price tag to match.

paul andrew evening flat
Paul Andrew, $695.
CREDIT: Bergdorf Goodman.

Detailing such as grosgrain ankle ties, crystal embellishments and ruched satins elevated the flat silhouette. The key here is simplicity: The Row’s velvet Mary Jane, for instance, can be worn with virtually any style of cocktail dress.

The one rule to follow for this trend is to avoid gowns that are too long. An ankle-length gown with the flats peaking out at the hemline works — otherwise, you’re swimming in fabric with no heel height to help you.

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