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Just because flats technically keep your feet closer to the ground, doesn’t mean they’re always more comfortable than heels. We know all too well that a stiff leather upper or lack of cushioning can mean blisters and throbbing arches. But the best flats for women will keep you feeling supported for hours.
They’re built with features such as memory foam footbeds (plush, like your mattress), breathable linings to keep feet cool and malleable uppers that won’t rub in all the wrong places.
Not to mention, these pairs are insanely chic and versatile. While the traditional ballet flat silhouette is making a comeback, there are also plenty of modern and eye-catching styles you can now add to your cart. Think soft knit flats done in elegant patterns, sleek croc-embossed loafers and cool color-blocked mules you can wear from the couch to the office and everywhere in between.
Some brands are even making their cute and wearable flats eco-friendly, too.
Ahead, we rounded up the 16 best flats for women — from top comfort companies and other popular labels who are getting it right in the comfort (and style) departments.
Rothy’s The Point
Blisters, begone. The breathable knit uppers on Rothy’s The Point softly conform to the shape of your foot and are made with recycled plastic water bottles for a sustainable touch. And as if these flats couldn’t get any better, they’re also machine washable and available in dozens of striking finishes to choose from.
Everlane The Italian Leather Day Glove
These made-in-Italy flats should feel like a second skin with their buttery soft leather uppers. Also complete with cushioned insoles and breathable side vents, these are made to be worn 24/7.
Designed in a biomechanics lab, FitFlop’s shoes are built for unparalleled comfort — with the Allegro flat being no exception. The ballet flat has anatomically contoured midsoles featuring the brand’s Dynamicush technology in the forefoot for a deliciously soft and bouncy feel. A soft leather upper with an elasticized topline only adds to their ease of wear.
Birdies The Swan
Who knew a flat could look and feel this good? The Swan offers the ultimate blend of high-style and comfort, complete with a smooth color-blocked upper and the brand’s signature 7-layers of cushioning. And if the pink and orange combination isn’t your thing, these also come in 10 other colors and prints.
Cole Haan Cloudfeel All-Day Loafer
Elegant details like a cap toe and contrast stitching make Cole Haan’s Cloudfeel loafer a sophisticated staple for work and play. The shoe’s grippy traction outsole and beloved Grand Foam cushioning also provide peak comfort.
Sam Edelman Felicia Flat
You’ll be eager to reach for these dainty bow-embellished flats every day of the week, not only because they’re versatile but will also feel effortless on your feet thanks to a moldable leather upper and soft synthetic lining and sole.
For dressier occasions like weddings or date night, try Nina’s Ferrie flat. The brand makes its own lasts for a custom fit — plus, this glittering style includes a cushioned insole and square toe box so toes so shouldn’t feel cramped.
Clarks Pure 2 Mule White OstrichPRT
Whether paired with mom jeans and a crop top or tailored suit combo, Clarks’ Pure 2 Mule is easily to pull off day or evening. The Ostrich leather mule is more than just a pretty exterior, however, as it includes breathable linings and dual-density foam cushioning to reduce stress on the balls of feet.
Suavs the Barton
These editor-approved slip-ons go the distance, whether for quick coffee runs or hours of urban exploring. They’re equipped with no-stitch knit uppers to prevent hot spots, flexible outsoles and moisture-wicking, cushioned insoles. What’s more, these shoes pack flat, making them perfect to bring on vacation or keep in your bag at the office for your commute.
Vionic Jade Slingback Flat
Podiatrist-founded label Vionic delivers this classic slingback that’s supportive and will actually stay put. It’s designed to hug the arches and encourage natural alignment as you move, with a smooth, adjustable slingback strap for a dig-free fit.
Madewell The Frances Skimmer in Leather
A revamped version of Madewell’s best-selling loafer, the Frances Skimmer offers a timeless look like the original but is done in softer, bendier leather. It’s also packed with the brand’s signature MWL Cloudlift Lite cushioning for ’round the clock bliss.
Naturalizer Juliette Loafer Flat
A croc-embossed upper adds intrigue to this traditional almond toe silhouette. Both chic and functional, it also includes anatomically-sculpted cushioning, breathable linings and a flexible, non-slip outsole for stable strides.
Swap your sneakers for this sporty-chic loafer to create a slightly more elevated look. The breathable canvas style checks all our boxes: it’s lightweight, flexible and shock-absorbing — as well as eco-friendly with a toe box and heel made of recycled materials.
Trotters Hanny Flat
The woven footwear trend just keeps getting better with Trotters’ Hanny Flat, done in rich cognac-colored leather with a squared-off silhouette. For support, these also boast a low stacked heel and molded EVA footbed.
A flat with a little extra bling, Aerosoles’ Candice flat won’t cause achy arches. The key: its plush quilted footbed and supportive diamond pattern outsole.
Miz Mooz Espadrille Flat
Meet your new summer flat. The quintessential warm-weather style will make a solid addition to any sundress or Bermuda shorts outfit and has plenty of support features you’ll crave, including a cushioned footbed, soft leather lining and slight platform.
Allbirds Tree Breezers
Like Allbirds’ ultra-popular sneakers, these breezy flats from the brand are sustainably-made and machine washable. A soft tree fiber upper and cozy ribbed collar also mean they’ll keep feet comfortably locked in place.