Best bargains: Fancy flats
by Neha Salvi
They’re staples in practically every shoe closet — from sandals to T-bars to ballerinas. But can you wear your fave pair to a fancy do? Or ditch your killer heels for those prim Mary Janes? Well, this season you can. Valentino, Miu Miu and Marni’s flats were runway and celeb favourites, but if you aren’t looking to spend, we’ve got some budget buys for you — studded, in patent leather, with bows and metallic toes.
N°21 Fall/Winter 2014-15 (pictured above)
Photograph: Imaxtree.com/Davide Gallizio
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Valentino brought the T-bar back into the spotlight, and celebrities like Alexa Chung and Reese Witherspoon embraced the trend with fervour. A little style tip: wear them like you did in school, with contrasting socks and questionable hemlines.
Metallic leather pumps, Rs 2,800, Asos.com
Studded leather sandals, Rs 2,290, Riverisland.com
It girl Olivia Palermo loves her ballet pumps as much as her heels. Take a cue from her style and pair yours with a cheery dress. Perfect for a brunch or a day out, these shoes spell subtle sophistication. Choose a pair in muted colours, with shine or light embellishment for a softer look.
Studded leather ballerinas, Rs 3,999, Steve Madden
Suede ballerinas, Rs 2,199, Marie Claire at Myntra.com
Kate Bosworth and the Olsen twins love their MJs. When going with this trend, remember one thing: stick to cute. Opt for heart-print ones from Topshop or the soft pastel pair from Zara. Wear with this season’s ’60s Mod minis.
Printed canvas, Rs 2,800, Topshop.com
Patent leather, Rs 2,890, Zara
No, we aren’t talking about the spare pair in your car; think multi-strap, holographic leather, cutouts and bright colours instead. Paint your toenails in neon hues and add to the fun.
Metallic leather sandals, Rs 9,316, Ancient Greek Sandals at Mytheresa.com
Strappy leather sandals, Rs 4,999, Charles & Keith
These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the new streamlined flat pumps are holding out exceptionally well this season. Whether you go with sharp colours or luxe metallics, this is the new-age party shoe.
Metallic leather flat pumps, Rs 1,500, Dorothy Perkins
Mesh and leather flat pumps, Rs 2,290, Miss Selfridge at Jabong.com