Flats or heels? Yes, heels are instantly more glam, command attention and of course, boost you height-wise, but there's nothing worse than not being in control and your skyscrapers taking over and steering you into potential dreaded FOTO realm (fear of toppling over - a new born Bambi on an ice rink springs to mind here, not a good look!)
So what do you do when you need to look heel-smart but can’t afford to be concentrating on not falling over all day. Fortunately, the new breed of flats is fabulous, and what they lack in height, they more than make up in personality, with metallics, embroidery and embellishment, all commanding look-at-me status.
Or, if you want a comfortable lift without the hassle, a modern take on retro is the kitten or a low to mid block heel, perfect for "cool girl with a twist" status and ideal footwear for house gatherings (naturally friendlier to wooden floor boards - girlfriends of mine - just saying!)
Here's how to rock your flats, and work the block heel look this season...
Want to add a touch of prettiness to any outfit? Look no further than these cute embroidered ballet flats which tie up at the ankle. Or try switching up your day-to-day shoe collection with these metallic silver hued ballet flats. Topped with a pom pom they're sure to add a touch of fun to any ensemble. And there's no way you'd miss wearing heels when your feet can sparkle with every step you take in these glittery pointed toe pumps.
how to rock the look
But if you’re conscious of lost inches when you’re not in heels then here’s a quick fix. Make your outfit work for you. Opt for a clean, slim-cut silhouette and look for cropped trousers, tiered layers and details up top to balance those flirty flats, all perfect for giving the illusion of looking taller.
Ok, we know we said ditch your heels this season, but for some, a bit of a heel - like a block heel - makes all the difference. Not only is it said to be ergonomically better (wearing flats all day can, for some, induce back pain), psychologically you feel more put together.
Everybody needs a great pair of ankle boots in their wardrobe (or under their desk) to help you go from drab to dazzling in an instant, and these embroidered buys are just the thing. Or if you're looking for the perfect way to shake up your evening outfits, these sandals with a studded heel will garner plenty of compliments. And, for heels which will take you from day to night, have a look at these colourful classic chunky-heeled shoes with lace-up detailing.
what to wear with them
Block heels are easy to rock. Wear with a variety of silhouettes, but for 'fash pack' status, pair with a “borrowed from the boys” look, great for on the go cool. From a short parka jacket paired with a gingham shirt and slim boyfriend jeans - block heels, like these heeled slingbacks, are effortlessly cool.