Heels often feel like the only way to elevate an otherwise casual outfit. Although they look sleek and sophisticated, as any frequent heel-wearer knows well, pumps aren't exactly the most efficient or comfortable of shoes. If you're ready to give your feet a well-deserved break while still looking polished, it's officially time to buy a pair of Meghan Markle's black flats.
The Duchess of Sussex was photographed on the final day of her royal tour of New Zealand holding hands with Prince Harry while leaving Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua. She wore a simple pair of black flats by Birdie, which feature vegan velvet, quilted insoles for the perfect fit, and memory foam for added comfort. Markle's on-the-go shoe is a fashionable alternative to a supportive sneaker, and they pair well with her simple look. Markle combined the flats with black, fitted trousers and a puffy coat with a royal-blue sweater peeking out at the neck.
Like most days of the tour, Markle stuck to her trusty hairdo: a low bun with face-framing pieces pulled out in the front. As usual, the Duchess opted for subtle, no-makeup makeup against soft, dewy skin.
Like Markle, you can wear this stylish slipper on a day that you know will require some serious walking. If you can't bear to part with your heels just yet, throw a pair of Markle-inspired flats in your bag as a stylish option for commuting. Or, create an office-appropriate outfit by wearing your flats with a pair of checked trousers, a structured button-down, a boxy blazer, and a leather tote. If you're planning on wearing this shoe for a more casual occasion, pair it with baggy jeans, a striped tee, and stay warm in a puffer jacket like Markle's.
Ready to give your heels a break? It's time to start shopping. Ahead, find The Zoe Report's picks for comfortable flats, along with Markle's exact pair.
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The subtle stud details on this pair of loafers give them just the right amount of edgy flair. Wear them as slides with the heels pushed down, or lift them up for full coverage. If even the thought of wearing heels to your next cocktail party sounds painful, try pairing these with your little black dress instead.