For many years, I had a lovely desk job where I sat inside a lovely cubicle and had an almost perfect work wardrobe. It included pencil skirts and wrap-around dresses and the most wonderful white button-down shirt and many, many pairs of heels. This wardrobe served me well. Only now I work from home and my almost perfect work wardrobe sticks out like a sore thumb. Except on the days I pretend I’m Betty Draper, my button-downs and heels spend a lot of time gathering dust in my closet. They have now been replaced by jeans and casual skirts and skinny pants and day dresses and, well, flats. Yes. Flats. Luckily, the shoes that are popping up in stores across Canada and, notably, on fashion week runways, are most certainly not your Mama’s flats. They are everywhere. And they are hot, hot, hot! And a blessing for tired feet. Still, it can be tricky to make flats work without making you look like sloppy or as if you’re trying too hard to be a teenager.

FOUR WAYS TO WEAR FLATS FOR SPRING

 

1. Keds by Kate Spade

 

Pair Keds with skinny cargo pants, a checked button-down, a sweater, and a statement necklace. 

2. Silvia flats, J Shoes, available at a variety of boutique shops across Canada (In Toronto, you can find them at Lavish & Squalor, Heel Boy, Vocado, Imelda’s and more.)

Screen shot 2014-04-05 at 8.33.34 PMWear ballerina flats with your new floral pencil skirt, a denim shirt, and a canvas tote.

3. Blue Moroccan Cutout Women’s Classics, $89, Toms.ca Screen shot 2014-04-05 at 9.16.22 PM Pair TOMS with a great pair of jeans, a white camisole, and a comfy long cardigan.

4. ULIRARI flats, $45, Aldo Screen shot 2014-04-05 at 9.16.10 PM Pair pointy flats with a go-anywhere belted dress, simple necklace, and a featherweight cardigan.

 

FASHION TIP: Sick of getting sweaty feet in your flats? Here’s a great way to stay cool without shaking baby powder into your shoes. These SECRET foot covers slip onto your feet to keep them dry and comfy — and because they are so shallow on all sides, no one will know you’re wearing them. Except you, that is.  (Available exclusively at major retailers nation-wide.) Secret-Low Cut Padded Lace Footcover Tell me…how are you wearing flats this spring?

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