Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shopping Help: Flats for Fall (That Aren't Plain Ballet Flats)

I've been asked several times for suggestions for flats that aren't gym shoes.  I tend to stick with ballet flats, which you can search through here.  But I've slowly been diversifying the type of flats I own and wanted to offer additional styles for you.  

Some work only for casual wear, some can translate to more professional looks, and some can do both, depending on your work environment.

Slip-On Sneaks:  Option 1  |  Option 2  |  Option 3
I don't know if it's because I'm now a mom or because sneakers are actually a thing right now, but I'm getting pretty into them.  I'd like to think they're actually a thing since I saw them in chic casual looks on Pinterest and LOFT ads.  Regardless, I'm glad for an extra comfy alternative to ballet flats and a more hip looking alternative to gym shoes!

TOMS are a great comfy option.  I have the medium/dark grey pair, but I looooove the lighter grey pair shown above and really wish I'd gotten those instead!

I have the leopard sneaks above and can't wait to wear them!  They come in several other patterns and are a fantastic price.  One version is the grey pair which is the style I saw in the chic casual looks I mentioned earlier.

Ballet Flats & Loafers:  Option 4  |  Option 5  |  Option 6
I was trying to avoid ballet flats in this post, but I thought it worth mentioning sleek ones like Option 4 that have sophisticated details like quilted exteriors, cap toes, and bows.  Things like that make ballet flats great for professional looks or amping up casual looks.

Loafers are another type of flats that provide an air of sophistication and professionalism.  Go for a solid, streamline pair like Option 5 (which also comes in black), or try a pair with a fun lace detail like Option 6.

Oxfords & Moccasins:  Option 7  |  Option 8  |  Option 9
Other alternatives to plain ballet flats are oxfords and moccasins.

Ankle Boots:  Option 10  |  Option 11  |  Option 12
Lastly, ankle boots.  I limited it to ankle boots vs. longer ones that extended to the calf because I think those could be a post all on their own!  I also kept it ankle boots that are flat or only have a slight heel.  There are great options out there right now!  All the ones above come in multiple colors.

What's your favorite type of flat for Fall?


  1. i'm a HUGE fan of loafers and moccasins for the fall (and now i really need those camel moccasins from H&M...darn you, Audrey!). i'm pretty outdoorsy in the fall and with flat feet i need a little extra support than what a regular ballet flat will give me when i'm out and about.

  2. #4 please! you always find the cutest things lady!

  3. Oooo... I'm really tempted by those leopard sneakers! And I bought some very similar burgundy loafers last fall at Merrick's recommendation and have worn them a ton... definitely a good buy! Love these picks!

  4. Hi Audrey, congratulations on your baby girl! I have just gone back to work following maternity leave and your blog was a life saver when I stumbled across it a few months ago here in the UK. Just one question on your post, ive just bought myself a pair of oxfords option 7 can I wear these with a skirt/dress or just trousers? Thanks Hannah x

  5. You can totally wear them with skirts and dresses! That's the look I see them most often with, actually. Have fun!

  6. Really loving ankle boots and loafers!

  7. I live in loafers, oxfords and ankle boots pretty much all year around.

  8. I'll take 2, 4, 9, 10, 11, & 12. Those gray ankle boots are especially cute!

  9. I'm a ballet flats kind of girl, with forays into ankle boots the last few years, but this has me interested in loafers... those lace detailed ones! And the taupe ankle boots are such a good find - looks like it could be a great knockoff of something expensive at such an excellent price.

  10. Congrats on your new addition, Audrey! I'll ask the crowd an ankle boot question. Does anyone have tricks to prevent ankle booties from sliding off your heels when you walk?

  11. I love the look of ballet flats but I can't keep them on my heel! Of all things to be small on me! UGH!

  12. I love wearing ballet flats, they are so comfortable and in the same time looks great! Ankle boors you shown are awesome too, I will look for a pair like the last one, they will be great for the rainy days.
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  13. Flat shoes for the win! I'm all about sneakers, ballet flats, and ankle boots :)


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