This story was updated in January 2019.
As someone who just can’t spend an entire day in high-heels, I love finding flat footwear that is fashionable and comfortable! There are so many options to pick from, you’ve got ballerinas, oxfords, and my favourite, sneakers.
And if you suffer from lower-back aches, have a job that involves a lot of walking or just prefer to live closer to the ground, flat footwear saves the day. But, to be honest, my major reason for picking flat shoes is that I always trip in high heels, embarrassing myself in the process. Plus, the options in flat footwear are unlimited, and there are a wide variety of styles available in the market. So, as a public service (we all trip in heels), I’ve made a list of all the flat footwear you can find that will go with every outfit, no matter what the occasion.
With a comfortable rubber sole, ballet flats date back to 16th century, when they were actually worn by men. Now, these ballerinas inspired by the ballet shoe are a popular choice, especially during the winter.
This cute black and white number is a classic combination that you can pair with a light dress, and strut about town. I, personally, love the tiny flower that brings it all together.
POPxo Recommends: Black & White Checked Ballerinas (Rs 799) by Mast & Harbour at 60% off
A simple basic that every girl should have in her wardrobe. This pair goes with almost everything and will look especially good for a workday, paired with a pastel sweater.
POPxo Recommends: Beige Solid Ballerinas (Rs 999) by DressBerry on Myntra
This metal-detailed pair is the perfect alternative to formal shoes. Style it with a sexy pantsuit, Deepika Padukone-style and you’re sorted.
POPxo Recommends: Metal Detail Black Ballerinas (Rs 1,638) by Shein
Originally, oxfords were restricted to formal wear made out of leather. However, now the style has taken on different avatars and can be found in different fabrics and styles, which make them perfect for semi-formal and casual wear too.
A winter accessory that you just can’t pass up! Take an inspiration from Diane Keaton’s style and pair these with high-waisted pants and a chic waistcoat.
POPxo Recommends: Lace-Up Oxfords (Rs 2,171) by Shein
A solid pink pair will look great with formal dresses and can even be worn with a pair of khaki shorts on a sunny day.
POPxo Recommends: Pink Oxfords (Rs 2,449) by Flat n Heels on 30% off
A pair of beige oxfords look good with your formal clothes and work great for a desk-to-drinks look as well. Pair them with ripped jeans and a plaid shirt for a laid-back vibe.
POPxo Recommends: The Lace Place Brown Brogue Oxfords (Rs 2,449) by Lulu & Sky on 75% off
They took their current form in 1322 and were known to be worn by the peasants in France and Spain. Made with a rope like bottom and a canvas upper body, these shoes are perfect for summers and spring, since they’re airy yet tough.
This simple and sweet pair goes well with any outfit and would look great styled with a whimsical dress or a peasant top and blue jeans. You can also accessorise it with a straw hat to add a vacationing-in-Spain vibe.
POPxo Recommends: Slip-On Espadrille Flats (Rs 1,959) by Shein
Quirky and fun, this pair is my pick to complete any vacation outfit. Can’t you just imagine yourself walking down the beach in Goa in these? I can almost smell the sea.
POPxo Recommends: Rhinestone Decorated Espadrille (Rs 1,725) by Shein
This pair will work great with your resort wear as you enjoy the summer by the sea. Pack this on your next vacay and say goodbye to worrying about heels that dig into the sand.
POPxo Recommends: See You On The Beach Beige Espadrilles (Rs 999) by Lulu & Sky on 74% off
The trend of loafers originally began because people wanted a pair of lace-less shoes, to avoid the hassle of tying their laces through the day. Also known as the slip-on shoe, the female variation of this shoe is known to have shorter toes.
This formal set of loafers is going to get you through those impromptu meetings and client lunches. Plus, you’ll always look put together with these.
POPxo Recommends: Black Heeled Loafers (Rs 960) by Lulu & Sky on 70% off
Pair this with a white pantsuit and you’re officially ready for a day of hustle. Perfect for the boss lady, who always wants to look like she’s ready for anything!
POPxo Recommends: Faux Pearl Chunky Heeled Loafer Slippers (Rs 840) by Shein on 77% off
Add a little bling to your wardrobe with this cute pair that is perfect for a night out when you’re craving comfortable footwear.
POPxo Recommends: Chain Detail Square Toe Loafers (Rs 909) by Koovs on 30% off
Available in different forms, textures, and sizes, sandals are predominantly found with a v-strap or a t-strap. They range from flip flops to formal footwear, basically everything airy and comfortable.
These cute flip flops are perfect for a vacation. A pair for every girl in the gang, and you’re all set to click the most insta-worthy pictures.
POPxo Recommends: Star And Striped Print Flip Flops (Rs 371) by Shein
These T-strap sandals are essential for everyday use and go well with both western and casual Indian wear.
POPxo Recommends: Toe Post Strappy Flat Sandals (Rs 1,349) by Shein on 60% off
If you spend most of your day on your feet, and barely have any time to mix and match your shoes, this pair is perfect for you. The neutral colour works with almost every outfit, from basic T-shirt and jeans to a dress.
POPxo Recommends: Cross Strap Flat Sandals (Rs 799) by Koovs
Plimsolls are shoes with a canvas base, so your Vans, Converse, and other skateboard-inspired shoes come under this category. They have become an essential, and a fashion statement, and will look great with even your most formal outfits.
This cute pair transports me right back to my childhood, with a quirky print that will look great even with casual jeans and a white tee.
POPxo Recommends: Lace Up Low Top (Rs 1,349) by Shein on 61% off
The classic vans are available in almost every colour out there, my favourite is their latest pastel collection that pairs fabulously with my sweatshirts.
POPxo Recommends: Peach-Coloured Atwood Skate Shoes (Rs 1,924) by Vans
The good old red canvas sneakers never go out of fashion and look great with almost all of your casual outfits. Just slip into a T-shirt and ripped jeans to complete this look.
POPxo Recommends: Lace-Up Canvas Sneakers (Rs 1,899) by British Knights on Koovs
A part of the sandals family, gladiators gained their own position over the years. They began as something worn to war by men to offer protection to the feet and above, but in recent times they’ve become a statement piece of their own. And owning a pair is a must!
An adorable tie-up pair that will look amazing with whimsical floral dresses, style this particular one with a floral tiara and you’ll be ready to attend Coachella.
POPxo Recommends: Knee High Criss Cross Strappy Gladiator (Rs 1,884) by Shein
With these balls of colour being all the rage, pair these cute sandals with a short dress, and your favourite tassel earrings. All you need now is a European adventure to really get into the mood!
POPxo Recommends: Strappy Gladiator Sandals With Pom Pom (Rs 1,761) by Shein
These easy to style, and comfortable, gladiator sandals will look best paired with denim shorts and an oversized T-shirt. However, make sure that you buy the exact size so that the straps aren’t loose around your ankles.
POPxo Recommends: Multi Strap Gladiator Sandals (Rs 1,299) by CAi on Koovs
Sneakers made a comeback in 2005, thanks to the hip-hop culture and Air Jordans, of course. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago, when the white sneaker rage took over the fashion industry, that they became a statement piece. Now with Yeezys, Onitsuka Tiger sneakers, Nike Air, and all the other gorgeous options in the market, the term sneakerhead is no longer reserved for basketball players.
Just look at the colours! Made with leather and synthetic leather, this playful Nike Air Force - 1 Jester is what dreams are made of. It’s lightweight and looks like a dream when paired with a camo jacket on a cold breezy evening.
POPxo Recommends: Nike AF-1 Jester XX SE (Rs 9,995) by Nike
A must-have for the woman who is always on a run, these Adidas originals white and gold sneakers are lightweight and easy to clean. Plus, who doesn’t need a basic white sneaker in their closet?
POPxo Recommends: White Adidas Originals NMD_R1 Patterned Sneakers (Rs 11,999) by Adidas on Myntra
This pair is a detailed masterpiece. The shoe has trims, transparent strips, and is the most comfortable pair on this list. If this one doesn’t make sneakers your guilty pleasure, I don’t know what will.
POPxo Recommends: Multi-Piece Sneakers (Rs 6,990) by Zara
Inspired by ancient Rome, the mules have quite an interesting history. They have no back restrain whatsoever and were originally worn as bedroom slippers. But times changed and they’ve now evolutionalised into a fashionable outdoor option. That’s why you definitely need a pair or two in your closet.
Classy and sassy, this pair is all you need to complete your badass winter look. Wear them with your favourite faux-fur coat and golden hoop earrings.
POPxo Recommends: Leopard Pattern Flat Mules (Rs 1,923) by Shein
This beige furry pair is comfortable and will keep you warm. Though it might not be the most subtle pick out there, we all need that one outrageous pair for those wild nights out!
POPxo Recommends: Buckle Strap Decorated Faux Fur Flat Mules (Rs 1,688) by Shein
This basic pair is essential if you’re someone who loves wearing trousers, and spends most of her time in formal clothes. It’s easy to slip on and goes well with almost all colours in contrast.
POPxo Recommends: Leather Mules (Rs 2,990) by Zara
Fun fact: juttis originated in Punjab and were worn by women in Northern India with their traditional attire. However, they soon became a fashionable alternative to sandals at weddings and are now sported by celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
Gold goes well with almost every wedding outfit, from a gotta-patti suit to a Benarasi skirt, you can pair this jutti with the majority of the outfits in your cupboard.
POPxo Recommends: Timeless (Rs 3,400) by Needledust
Sweet and simple, this is my pick for the summer bride who wants to be comfortable during her pheras, and would much rather wear juttis over high-heeled stilettos.
POPxo Recommends: Haleena (Rs 3,800) by Juttichoo
My most common complaint with juttis is that they give me a shoe bite, every single time. And this pair completely eliminates that issue with its unique style.
POPxo Recommends: Rajasthani Handmade Genuine Leather Jutti Blue (Rs 899) by Ajio on 20% off
There are a billion options to choose from when it comes to boots, from the length of the boots to tie-up and zipped-up styles, you can read about all your options here. And, with winter officially here, I’ve handpicked my favourite flat boots that will do you well this chilly season.
Stay warm and fuzzy this winter with a pair of the classic Chelsea boots in a colour that will look gorgeous against the darker hues of your woolens.
POPxo Recommends: Warm-lined Boots (Rs 5,999) by H&M
Boots are a fashion investment that will last you a season or two, which is why I always pick classic styles that will never go out of fashion like this sexy black knee-high pair.
POPxo Recommends: Buckle Decor PU Knee High Boots (Rs 2,832) by Shein
Feeling a little adventurous? Indulge in something wild this winter with this pair of clear boots from Zara. And while you’re at it, get some snazzy socks and take advantage of these ankle boots.
POPxo Recommends: Vinyl Track Sole Ankle Boots (Rs 4,990) by Zara
It's time to start shopping for comfortable footwear this season!
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