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Pointed-Toe Flats You'll Never Want to Take Off

Chic, dainty, and oh-so comfy.

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So you have an important meeting, a post-work date, or your best friend's wedding, but you can't bear to squeeze your feet into a pair of uncomfortable (albeit impressive) sky-high heels. On the other hand, you don't want to compromise your style with an uninspired commuter flat. Enter: The pointed-toe flat, the ballet flat's sophisticated cousin. Yes, a flat, but with a pointed toe. While it's not a new silhouette, designers are taking a novel approach this spring with inventive color combos, chic hardware, and high-end finishes that are deemed appropriate for both work and play. Oh, and did we mention they're super comfy? Ahead, pointed-toe flats that will give your stilettos a run for their money.

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1 Metallic Flats
Repetto repetto.com

Wear these with a pair of black or white ankle socks to balance out the shoe's metallic sheen.

2 Maison Flats
Kate Spade New York macys.com

Punch up any neutral ensemble with this adorable polka dot slip-on.

3 Patent Trimmed Leather Flat
Roger Vivier net-a-porter.com

Designed in 1965, this Mondrian-inspired flat will add a bit of retro flare to your work attire.

4 Snake Effect Ballerina Flat
Schutz farfetch.com

This faux snakeskin flat is a chic sneaker alternative for your weekend wardrobe.

5 Croc-Embossed Leather Flat
Tabitha Simmons modaoperandi.com

A sweet Mary Jane strap adds a girlish touch to any outfit. We'd pair this flat with a cropped legging à la Audrey Hepburn.

6 Leather Ballet Flat
MICHAEL Michael Kors michaelkors.com

A chain-link bow adds whimsy to a sophisticated cap toe flat. Pair with tapered pants and an oversized button-down for the office or a casual lunch meeting.

7 Floral Slingback
Manolo Blahnik savannahs.com

These bright slingbacks are the perfect accessory for spring. Pair them with a maxi skirt and cardigan for a '50s feel, or jeans and a tee for dining al fresco. 

8 Chain and Horsebit Flats
Gucci bergdorfgoodman.com

Cool metal hardware offsets buttery black leather, while a flexible back is designed to be worn with the heel folded down.

9 Viva Ballet flat

This denim Viva shoe is a relaunch of Ferragamo's 1978 flat. Pair these with your favorite blue jeans for a head-to-toe look.

10 Crystal-Strap Ballet Flats
Miu Miu modaoperandi.com

A crystal-clad ankle strap is like built-in jewelry and can pair with practically anything, from boyfriend jeans to black tie dresses. 


A version of this story appears in the March 2020 issue of Marie Claire. 

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