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Tired of Heels? 20 of the Best Fall Flats, From Loafers to Ballerinas

Tired of Heels? 20 of the Best Fall Flats, From Loafers to Ballerinas

December 01, 2018 4:15 PM

by Adetoun Adeyemo

Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, January 1985

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Although fall is best known as boot season, wearing the heavy (and most likely heeled) option on the regular can not only be tiring on the feet, it is not always the best style choice. Luckily, flats now come in more stylish variations than the classic commuter roll-up stashed in your tote. This season, there are plenty of flat-soled items that are not only a comfortably chic option for long days at the office, but just as good for long nights out on the town, too.

The season’s best come as loafers, ballerinas, mules, and Mary Janes in suedes, croc-stamped leathers, and houndstooth print—there’s even a pair with built-in fishnet socks. A glitter-encrusted slipper from Polly Plume is an easy choice for a holiday soiree (complete with a bow on top), while Malone Souliers’s pointed-toe velvet-mesh mules are the flirty shoe you need for date night. Never know what to wear on the weekends? Leave your dad sneakers behind and opt for a starch white loafer to elevate any casual Saturday look. Re/Done’s collaboration with Weejuns is the perfect pair for instant effortless style—and bonus points for a cropped pant and a cute sock sighting.

Whatever the occasion may be, shop 20 of fall’s most worthy flats above.

Office

Photographed by Kim Sebastian, Vogue, September 2013

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Roger Vivier Gommette suede buckle flats, $625, saksfifthavenue.com

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& Other Stories leather oxfords, $149, stories.com

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Stella Luna classic houndstooth loafers, $325, shopbop.com

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Charles & Keith ankle-strap flats, $49, charleskeith.com

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Everlane V slingbacks, $95, everlane.com

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Date Night

Photographed by Greg Harris, Vogue, December 2014

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M.Gemi Abbracci flats, $248, mgemi.com

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Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt mules, $585, shopbop.com

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Aquazzura animal-print pointed-toe ballet flats, $825, modaoperandi.com

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Repetto Cendrillon ballet flats, $325, repetto.com

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Attico Anita ballet flats, $597, farfetch.com

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Weekend

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, August 1998

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COS slip-on leather sneakers, $190, cosstores.com

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Re/Done + Weejuns Whitney stamped-leather penny loafers, $345, barneys.com

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Birkenstock Boston clogs, $140, nordstrom.com

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Margaux demi flats in saddle, $145, margauxny.com

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Bally Janelle leather slippers, $650, modaoperandi.com

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Party

Photographed by Karim Sadli, Vogue, April 2014

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Polly Plume Bonnie Bow ballet flats, $350, farfetch.com

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Rochas embellished satin mule, $820, modaoperandi.com

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Aeyde beau flats, $200, modaoperandi.com

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Mango zebra leather shoes, $100, mango.com

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Casadei netted pump flats, $1,190, farfetch

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Too-Cool-for-School Backpacks to Shop Now

Too-Cool-for-School Backpacks to Shop Now

By Author- Adetoun A Adefule

 

You may not be headed back to school this fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t snag yourself some academic baggage (no, not that kind!). Backpacks are back — and they’re no longer just for your back. The latest iterations walked the runways in the hands of models, with designers subtly suggesting we reconsider what it means to be a backpack. Yes, that’s right — even backpacks are having an identity crisis.

It’s like they’ve been here all along, beside us, amidst our confused interpretive dance into adulthood. It would even appear that designers are keen for the backpack to grow up with us and become an everyday accoutrement rather than a college staple. Feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders? Simply carry your backpack by its top handle or throw it over your center and wear crossbody, because backpacks are more versatile than ever before.

BACKPACKS ON THE DESIGUAL AND LOEWE FALL 2017 RUNWAYS; IMAGES: IMAXTREE

Need another excuse to get back in touch with your inner fifth grader? Backpacks have been taking cues from this season’s hottest runway trends and can round out your outfit perfectly. Want a transparent bag to go with your sheer, lace, tulle, floor-length gown? Urban Outfitters’ got your back. Want to ace the pink monochromatic look everyone and their dog has been jumping on? Rebecca Minkoff’s got a cute backback for you. In fact, pink is practically omnipresent among accessory retailers currently.

BACKPACKS ON THE MONCLER GAMME ROUGE AND ETIENNE AIGNER FALL 2017 RUNWAYS; IMAGES: IMAXTREE

And the best part of hopping on this old-school trend? Whether you’re lugging around 50 pounds of textbooks or just some cash and lip gloss, there are plenty of cute backpacks in every size and budget. Below, 20 of our favorites to shop this season.

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