Flip-flops, sandals of the bejewelled and leather kind; barefoot with sand between our toes. Feels like summer. And yet while the sun continues to blaze, 2015 has most of us in the southern hemisphere back on duty and the reality of no longer being footloose and fancy free kicks in as we experience a somewhat brutal reminder of the prowess required to conquer 3 inch heels on a daily basis.

And then….fashion speaks…. and saves our soles with SS15 runways featuring flats (and low heels) as one of the must have shoes of the season! It’s a rare and welcome combination when fashion joins forces with function and comfort.

This seasons’ flats are way too chic to be hidden in the corner under your desk or pushed to the bottom of your bag in preparation for a stiletto swap on the dance floor.
No longer defined by off duty looks, or a quick go to option in between appointments,  it’s time for a style rethink as the SS15 Collections reignite the flame for the flat, with shoes worthy of the space that the stiletto once ruled. (Now to be clear, this is in no way an argument for the replacement of the stiletto, that would be fashion gone mad. Think of it more as a stylish reprieve).

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Take your style direction straight from the runway. Dolce and GabbanaChanel, and Erdem. Even Victoria Beckham has gone low, keeping our feet firmly planted on the ground without compromise.

From patent lace-up brouges, valentino rock stud flats, sandals, and sporty luxe street kicks. Think beyond off duty style and play with pairing of varying kinds; textured pointed flats with an elegant maxi and flirty fringe dresses for night, loafers with your ‘on duty’ uniform, this seasons’ culottes and tailored suits.  Adopt a whole new level of style.

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Flats. Who would have thought fashion would keep us grounded!

Jenni Sellan

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