One of the big trends in new shoes this fall is the flat. (Here’s a link to the website WhoWhatWear with some editors’ favorites.) And judging from the spring 2014 shows I’ve seen during New York Fashion Week this month, it looks like the trend in flats will continue this spring–the shoes at Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen’s The Row collection were wonderful loafers and mules handmade by Enzo Bonafe. That said, the majority of the shoes so far are still much too high for real life–I call them “limousine shoes” they’re gorgeous to look at, but you need a limousine, since walking in them for too very long isn’t doable. And a word of caution about the flats out there: just because they are flat doesn’t mean they are your best bet. Too many of the fashion flats are too narrow, displaying too much of the foot–going for “toe cleavage” if you will–and if you have any kind of problems like hammertoes and bunions you’re not going to be able to wear these flats comfortably.
Meanwhile, about what’s in stores and available online now for fall 2013, here are a few of my favorite shoes:
- I’m very impressed by Michael Kors boots. His boots have a lot of extra cushioning so you can wear them for longer periods of time – See these impressive boots!
- Chunky heels offer equal distribution of weight and will be comfortable for most people. Hermes’ stacked heel and high cut, and any other shoe like it, will also cover up foot deformities and won’t irritate them – See these comfortable heels.
- In the Huffington Post’s slide show of their favorite flats, my favorite flat is Valentino’s floral print shoe. It’s perfect for wide feet. – Take a closer look at the Valentino floral Print Shoe