Drool-worthy shoes with sky-high heels — and price tags — are all very well and good, but what about the shoes you actually wear? The hard-working heroes that keep up with you as you juggle work, friends, family and you-time? For the last few years ballet flats have done the job brilliantly, but the fashion wheel has turned and ballets have evolved. Here’s our guide to the new flat pumps in large sizes:
The new It flat, the pointy toe pump is everywhere. A new closet staple because they go with pretty much everything, on the face of it they look tricky to pull off for women who take a large size shoe, but actually, because they elongate the leg, they look elegant in any size — as size 11 Michelle Obama proves in her collection of Jimmy Choo Attila flats . If you don’t like the length of the shoe, then wear them with boyfriend cut jeans, palazzo pants, or any wider trouser or skirt, and avoid skinny jeans.
The high fashion flat, lace-up pumps paired with midi skirts are the current off-duty model look of choice. Working to the same aesthetic as this season’s calf-height gladiator sandals, they wind around the top of the foot and visually break up the length. Perfected by Isabel Marant, more affordable versions in more sizes and colorways are available from Asos. The only drawback is the styles that wind up the leg can be unflattering on anyone not blessed with long legs and slim ankles.
A flirty variation on the pointy-toe pump, T-bar pumps do a great job of slimming the foot and leading the eye up the leg. Along with their cousin, the Mary Jane, they are a perfect professional pump that says all-business, all-woman — all at once. Perfect with cropped trousers for grabbing a coffee, or a suit for an important meeting across town, they are a great basic for a stylish and grown-up closet.
The ballet flat evolved, the ankle-strap pump brings the rounded-toe style of flat up to date, and makes styles such as the d’Orsay (2-part shoe) or slingback pump easier to wear all day by preventing them slipping off. Great on long legs, so ideal for tall women, the ankle-strap flat looks best with mini skirts to really flaunt the length of those pins.
Not a style, but the new neutral for flats, metallic colorways give practical footwear an edge. A good way to update a professional or off-duty outfit with a fashion-savvy touch, metallic pumps are versatile and easy to wear.
All of the pictured flats are available in extended sizes, to at least size 12. Which are your favorites?