this photo of Nine d'Urso – daughter of the iconic Ines de la Fressange – illustrates exactly my idea of workwear perfection. the overall effect: simple, chic, comfortable, put-together. the details: balanced with understated and timeless design. incidentally, these are the same qualities i look for in the ideal work flats.
for me, the shoes i always reach for (especially while running out the door on a weekday) are almost always ones that are the slip-on style, without laces or other details to fuss with. over the years, i've realized that i tend to always need three variations on the essential work flat:
1. ballet flats (also these by arché are great) - i love the cushioned insoles on the Maria Sharapova collection ones, and fellow blogger Lin also raved about hers recently. i've had two pairs by arché for a few years as well, and they look like the Lanvin ones but are very very comfortable (flexible, cushioned insoles and a nice cushioned latex outsole), and well made. ballets are casual yet still put-together enough for work, and are the ideal back-up shoes to stash in your bag.
2. moc-loafers - this pair by a.p.c. is currently on sale (40% off!), and exactly what i've been looking for for ages. easy to slip on, no overly boat-y or folksy embellishments, in a classic caramel leather. ususally mocs come in suede, and i don't find those as durable or dressy enough for work. also, the typical driving loafers have those nubby rubber soles that wear down easily and you can't replace. i like the leather outsole on the a.p.c. versions – i can just take them to my cobbler for resoling when necessary. wish i had this pair when i went on a work trip earlier this year! great with cuffed pants or jeans, trousers, and super comfy.
3. dressy flats (more colors) - the indispensable option for all the other professional occasions when you need something sleeker but don't want to sacrifice comfort.
i find these three styles quite universally flattering, and easy to pair with a ton of work clothes. with these three essential foundations, you're pretty much good to go. then, you can add variations on colors and textures depending on what you love and how much flexibility your work dress code allows.
and as for the ultimate dress flats worth splurging on...my favorites are the versatile and timeless Ferragamos :)
the classic Ferragamo bow pumps. impeccable in every way.
what about you? which flats do you love for work?