As fun as heels can be, they’re definitely not the essentials in your shoe wardrobe. Flats, on the other hand, are practical and also stand the test of time. They’re easy to style, comfortable to walk in, and are the most versatile shoes you can own (read: maximum bang for your buck). And it just so happens that stylishly comfortable flats are what Birdies is known for. Without further ado, here are 5 reasons everyone needs a good pair of flats.
1. They’re the workhorses of your shoe wardrobe.
Sure, heels and novelty shoes might be what catches your eye in the store and online, but they’ll always be the shoes that end up sitting in your closet without much wear. They might only match a few outfits, or maybe they’re so uncomfortable that you can only wear them for an hour or two before ripping them off your feet. Flats are the shoes you’ll turn to daily, and the key to shopping for them is finding a pair that combines style, comfort, and versatility. Your flats should be comfy enough to wear morning, noon, and night; cute enough to elevate a basic outfit; and simple enough to go with most of the items in your closet. Luckily, our 3 most classic silhouettes—the Starling, the Heron, and the Blackbird—check all of these boxes.
2. They’re stylish AND comfortable.
Flats are the perfect example of form meets function. It's surprisingly hard to find comfortable flats that actually look good with most outfits, but that’s where Birdies excel. The best flats won't give you blisters, and they'll easily transition from work to weekends. They’re also so comfortable that you can walk around in them all day long. They’re the perfect balance of put-together and laid-back, and you can wear them year-round on just about any occasion. Plus, for many women, flats are an excellent dressy alternative to heels.
3. They’re great for work, travel, and anytime you want to add a touch of effortless chic to your look.
In search of a stylish yet comfortable work shoe? Look no further. Flats became a fashionable accessory for everyday wear in the U.S. in the 1940s, and by 1998, a survey by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society found that nearly 70 percent of women reported wearing flats to work. Getting ready for a trip? You don't have to resort to wearing sneakers when you travel. Flats offer the same comfort and support as a sneaker but have the added benefit of being stylish too. Gorgeous with jeans, cropped trousers, cigarette pants, leather skinnies, joggers, skirts, or dresses, a good pair of flats add effortless chic to any outfit. And they work equally well whether you’re short or tall!
4. They’re a worthy investment considering how much wear you’ll get out of them.
A good pair of flats likely won’t be cheap, but it makes more sense to spend money on a practical shoe you'll get more wear out of. A beautiful flat that'll never go out of style is exactly the kind of shoe that deserves a splurge. Our best-selling black velvet Starling flats are $95, an approachable price point for a pair of shoes that you can wear all day, every day. Our advice: No matter your style, buy at least one good pair of flats because these are the shoes you’ll live in.
5. They’re an easy way to try out bold colors or patterns.
The simple silhouette of flats makes them an approachable way to test out bright colors and bold patterns without stepping too far outside your comfort zone. Embracing animal prints in your outfit may sound scary, but adding a pair of cheetah-print flats to jeans and a T-shirt, a work suit, or a casual dress is an easy way to spice up an outfit without going all-in on a bold style.
Flats are the shoes you’ll turn to every time you want the comfort of a slipper, the support of a sneaker, and the style of a designer flat. And lucky enough, that’s exactly what Birdies are known for. Which pairs from our collection of flats are your favorites?