13 Fashionable & Formal Flats To Put Your Best Foot Forward At Work

We've likely all had days when we just can't decide what to wear to work. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as the weather, your commute, or what will go with your formal work shoes. In addition to this, finding a suitable pair of shoes for work can sometimes feel like trying to find a real life unicorn: You hope they exist but you've never encountered them in reality.

The problem with work shoes is that they have to encompass many features. They have to be formal or at least smart casual, able to withstand a commute, feel comfortable, and you have to feel attractive in them. In the world of fashion, there's little worse than either a comfortable pair of shoes that are really ugly, or beautiful shoes that murder your feet. The argument of shoe function versus shoe attractiveness is still ongoing today. I have no idea where I stand, although, if it's a work shoe, I'd lean more towards the comfortable side because you can't perform well when your feet feel like they're being crushed. On the flip side, working in the fashion industry, I would certainly worry about being called into my boss' office wearing a pair of monstrous shoes.

For all the fashion savvy shoe lovers out there, here are some stylish flats that tread the line between fashionable and formal, so you no longer have to worry about what's on your feet at work.

1. The Pretty Kitty Flats

Kitty On The Rocks, $625, charlotteolympia.com

Anything that Charlotte Olympia touches turns to gold and these crystal-encrusted cat flats are no exception.

2. The Ballet Flats

Sole Diva Cross Strap Pump EEE Fit, $39.95, simplybe.com

These ballet shoe inspired pumps are the perfect way to channel the ballerina trend at work.

3. The Powder Blue T-Bar Flats

Sole Diva T-bar Shoes EEE Fit, $36.49, simplybe.com

The pretty shade and sheen of these shoes lends them a whimsical edge, yet the T-bar style brings them down to earth, making them suitable to wear at the office.

4. The Classic Vivienne Westwood Shoes

Vivienne Westwood For Melissa Black Space Orb Flat Shoes, $159, asos.com

If you're stuck wearing black shoes for work, bling them up a bit with a toe embellishment. Wear a pair like these cool Vivienne Westwood X Melissa flats, which are sure to show the world that you're into fashion.

5. The Blue Butterfly Flats

Bibi Butterfly, $350, sophiawebster.com

Stood with your feet apart wearing these shoes, it would appear you had a pattern on your tootsies, but the puzzle is revealed when you place your feet side by side to show a pretty pink butterfly.

6. The Mad Men Style Shoes

Heavenly Soles Trim Shoes E Fit, $39.49, simplybe.com

I'm sure Mad Men 's Peggy Olsen would be a huge fan of these retro inspired shoes, which are available in turquoise, black, or pink. The Mad Men gals really knew how to dress for work!

7. The Lovely Flats

Asos Long Time Pointed Ballet Flats, $36, asos.com

Become the office darling in a pair of cutesy, heart embellished shoes.

8. The Bowtiful Shoes

Tayena Bow D'Orsay Jelly Slippers, $85, tedbaker.com

Tie your work affairs all up in a bow while wearing these quirky jelly slippers.

9. The Pink Patent Loafers

Holly Fringe Trim Patent Loafer, $44, boohoo.com

Unfortunately these shoes don't entitle you to a free pass for a day of loafing around, however they do ensure your awesome personal style will get noticed.

10. The Floral Flats

AX Paris Printed Shoes D Fit, $49.49, simplybe.com

When it feels like the whole world is on vacation, bring a touch of summer into your office with a pair of flowery flats.

11. The Scarlet Sling Backs

Lanvin Two-Tone Leather Point-Toe Flats, $775, net-a-porter.com

Add a touch of ladylike elegance to your workwear wardrobe with some red and black sling backs.

12. The Tri-Strap Flats

Fleur Three Strap Round Toe Shoe, $45, topshop.com

For days when you're rushed off your feet, make sure your shoes stay on securely with some strappy ballet flats.

13. The Geek Chic Shoes

Dr Martens Mariel Bow Mary Jane Flat Shoes, $103, asos.com

Alternative gals are sure to adore these clompy Dr. Martens complete with patent finish and side bows.

Even if you can't wait for Friday to come around, you're sure to have happy feet all week with these fashionable yet formal shoes!

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