18 Stylish Flats That Prove Comfortable Shoes Can Mean Business Too

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Just like some days at the office call for a powerful pair of heels, others require something a bit more practical. Well, we have good news for anyone who's sick of wearing pumps and ready to store those boots until winter: The right pair of flats will summon the same amount of power in the boardroom without all the discomfort.

In an effort to take the pressure off the balls of feet while still looking polished, Anna LaPlaca came to the rescue by sharing the most on-trend and professional-looking styles of flats for work so you can fill up your shopping carts wisely.

Meet the Expert

Anna LaPlaca is an Assistant Editor at Who What Wear and resident fashion maven extraordinaire.

Ready to step into something a little more comfortable? Read on to find out her style tips as well as the top four picks for each type of flat to wear to work, from refined classics to edgy statement-makers, to laid-black kicks, and to everything in between.

Oxfords, Brogues, and Loafers

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"Maybe it's just me, but I've been noticing the quiet return of the Oxford shoe," LaPlaca says. "While celebrities are wearing the lace-ups casually with jeans, they also make for an ideal pair of shoes for work, as they will always look smart."

If you're not ready to go full-on Charlie Chaplin, opt for a pair of embellished loafers. A buckle on the toe can add just the right amount of personality while also dressing things up a bit for the office. 

Repetto Zizi Oxford Shoes
Repetto Zizi Oxford Shoes $375
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Available in US sizes 4 to 11.

The Starling Loafer
Birdies The Starling Loafer in Black Velvet $95
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Mansur Gavriel Classic Loafers
Mansur Gavriel Classic Loafers $425 $215
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Lucky Brand Adelha Leather Flat Loafers
Lucky Brand Adelha Leather Flat Loafers $85 $50
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Slingback Flats

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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

The Rockstud leather slingback flats
Valentino The Rockstud Leather Slingback Flats $745
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

The Editor Slingback
Everlane The Editor Slingback in Rosewood Suede $155
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Aquazzura Mondaine Knotted Slingback Flats
Aquazzura Mondaine Knotted Slingback Flats $650 $455
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Kira Slingback Pointy Toe Flat
Tory Burch Kira Slingback Pointy Toe Flat $335 $201
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Mules and Slides

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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Vegan Austin Mule Flat
BC Footwear Vegan Austin Mule Flat $79
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Sam Edelman Laurna Mule
Sam Edelman Laurna Mule $130
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Natalya Mule
Sam Edelman Natalya Mule $100 $40
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Princetown Loafer Mule
Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule $750
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Ballet Flats

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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Lauren scalloped leather ballet flats
Chloé Lauren Scalloped Leather Ballet Flats $495
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Felicia Flat
Sam Edelman Felicia Flat $110 - $130
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Rodney Pointy Toe d'Orsay Flat
Sam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe d'Orsay Flat $100 $40
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Aquazzura Deneuve Ballet Flats
Aquazzura Deneuve Ballet Flats $695
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Babouches and Make-Your-Own Slides

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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

La Babouche
Osay La Babouche in Iris $145
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

Everlane Mule Shoes
Everlane The Modern Babo $260 $148
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Available in US sizes 5 to 12.

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