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.
Wear these with a pair of black or white ankle socks to balance out the shoe's metallic sheen.
Punch up any neutral ensemble with this adorable polka dot slip-on.
Designed in 1965, this Mondrian-inspired flat will add a bit of retro flare to your work attire.
This faux snakeskin flat is a chic sneaker alternative for your weekend wardrobe.
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.
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.
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.
Cool metal hardware offsets buttery black leather, while a flexible back is designed to be worn with the heel folded down.
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.
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.