5 New Flat Shoe Trends That Will Make You Ditch Your Heels

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Fine, you may never actually give up heels altogether. But if you're plagued by sharp foot arches, a podiatrist will thank you kindly if you reach for a more supportive (and lower pitched) choice regularly through the week. What fresh flat shoe trends to wear, you wonder? Right now, there's a wide range of prospects to choose from starting with the back-again classics like penny loafers and ballet flats. More of-the-moment silhouettes like sling-backs and square toes are also current favorites.

You may already have a collection of flats ready to go and waiting in your closet, but should the mood strike this spring to add in a few more options then you'll be interested to know what the key trends of this season are shaping out to be. Turning to major runway designers like Burberry and cool contemporary labels alike, the roundup of flat shoe trends ahead are a varied assortment of covetable footwear shapes you can actually wear anywhere and with anything. A few highlights: artisanal texture endorsed by cult favorite shoe brands like Loq and punkish lug-sole option that'll look oh-so-cool with a cotton white dress and sheer socks. Now, shop your favorite flats trends below.

Punk-Inspired

A pair of chunky, punk-inspired flats may not be the direction you thought you'd be heading in, but no matter what your personal style may be they're a surprisingly versatile option. Balance a bold, voluminous dress with a pair of these bulky Mary Janes and creepers or simply style with a white tee, jeans, and cool socks — the choice is yours but the result will always be cool.

Built-In Anklet

With major design houses like Jil Sander and Stella McCartney giving this footwear trend their stamp of approval, you know it's worth giving a go. Flats with built-in anklets are an easy alternative to stacking on your own jewelry. Wear with a silk slip dress for your next night out.

Woven

Even if you're not actually headed on a vacation, a pair of woven flats will at the very least make you feel like you are. The breathable, artisan-inspired footwear trend is the easiest way to add texture to a look while still keeping things pared-down and subtle. For spring, wear with a linen blouse and midi skirt.

Slingbacks

Slingbacks are no new trend, but as of late the variety of style options continues to grow. The best part about these flats is the open back, which means they can conveniently transition to summer's hottest months with ease. As for now, accessorize yours with a sheer floral sock for an unexpected look.

Square-Toe

Remember when pointed toes were the only toe shape worth trying? No longer, it appears. The square silhouette is taking over and flats are the new footwear frontier with stylish options offered by favorites including buzzy Sies Marjan and high-street market & Other Stories. Wear with a wrap dress to the office or a camisole and crop flare jeans for dinner out.