Flat Out: The Shoes for Summer

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The trend: Sling out your heels, it’s time to go back to basics. Yes, the humble flat is back. Seen on the catwalks of major brands including Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and Matthew Williamson, flats have quickly become the shoe du jour.

Who’s wearing it: Who isn’t? Everyone from Victoria Beckham (who once claimed she couldn’t concentrate in flats) to Alexa Chung have embraced the look. And thanks to the volume of androgynous styles and smart pumps, flats are now just as likely to be spotted on the red carpet as they are the local supermarket.

How to make flats work for you: Gone are the days when you have to squirrel a pair of flats into your handbag for a night out, it’s now time for them to earn the privilege of being worn all night long. If you do need something for a night out, go for a metallic style or a pair of brogues as these will add a stylish edge without going overboard. If you’re worried about making the transition from heels to flats then go for a low cut, slipper-like style which will lengthen your legs.

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