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The Comfortable Yet Stylish Flats You'll Be Living In This Summer

Weddings? Check. The office? Check? Vacation? Check.

Design by Morgan McMullen

Some people may perceive flats as the dowdy, casual counterpart to the heeled shoe, but comfortable doesn't have to mean wearing orthopedic soles to the office. (For work-appropriate shoes of all types, check out our editors' picks here.) If you're committed to buying just a new pair of flats, however, jump ahead. I found a slew of fashionable flats that won't make you feel like you're teetering on stilts.

Best for the Weekend
The Day Glove ReKnit
Everlane everlane.com

Everlane just released its latest shoe for the summer, and you'll be glad to know "comfortable" is in the product description. The Day Glove ReKnit flat is made from a breathable knit and molds to your feet for a custom fit. It has a cushioned leather insole while still being lightweight for summer. Not into the yellow? It comes in four other colors too, including black and a blush pink. 

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Best for Sporty Vibes
Cross Strap Sandal
& Other Stories stories.com

Thin, strappy sandals tend to look and feel uncomfortable as soon as you walk more than five blocks in them. That won't be the case with this beige neon trim crisscross sandal. The thick, sturdy straps won't dig into your skin, nor will they fall down as you amble along. The woven espadrille soles add a fun summer detail too. 

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Best for Cushioning
Yola Faux Leather Sandals
Nanushka net-a-porter.com

I'm ready to let my feet sink into this faux leather shoe. The lightweight "Yola" sandals from Nanushka have a puffed up shape and a sculptural square toe. I bet it'll feel like you're walking across a bouncy house once you slip this baby on, except stability will be on your side. The shoe also comes in a neutral beige color.

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Best for Resorts
Agave Embroidered Espadrille
Soludos nordstrom.com

I have at least three pairs of Soludos in my summer shoe rotation, always. They've taken me up rivers and across the beach, and have survived the streets of NYC. This agave embroidered option channels all those warm-weather memories of me sipping on a drink while sitting beachside. 

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Best for Sneaker Lovers
The Sneaker in Sand
Rothy's rothys.com

You can walk a mile in Rothy's slip-on sneakers (I've done it) and not wake up with sore feet or ankles the next day. There's enough cushion in there to absorb any ground impact and the shoe's neutral hues match with almost everything in the closet. My favorite way to wear them is with leggings while on airplanes or with a denim dress.

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Best for Wider Feet
Adjustable Slide
Hunter zappos.com

I always thought slides like these were too casual for me, but once I tried these on, I was sold on both the comfort and less dressy aspect of it. You can wear these to the pool, but just as easily pair them underneath a tie-dye dress for that effortless summertime ensemble. I'm also a huge fan of the adjustable straps because now I can share them with my sister, who has slightly wider feet than I do.

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Best for Non-Traditional Gals
Cow Leather Mules
Mango mango.com

For a non-traditional summer print, go for this white and brown cow design. It has a western, contemporary vibe and the print reminds me of a stylish cowhide rug you find in someone's living room. This will be the most unique pair of flats you have in your shoe closet, guaranteed. 

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Best for Looking Smart and Sleek
Sally Flats
Sam Edelman shopbop.com

Swap your black ballet flats for crisp white ones in the summer. This one looks great styled with blue jeans or with a colorful minidress. According to on reviewer, you'll need to break the shoes in just a bit, but they won't pinch your toes or cause you discomfort.

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Best for Feeling Luxurious
Lambskin Mules
Chanel chanel.com

If your budget allows, don't hesitate on buying this turquoise-colored sandal. Aside from the Caribbean sea hue, this shoe has double braided straps intertwined with silver chains and a Chanel logo on top. You feet will feel extra fancy whenever you have these slides on.

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Best for Day to Night Activities
Break My Heart Gladiator Sandals
Kenneth Cole bloomingdales.com

When I asked my coworkers for their comfy flats picks, this one made the list and I can see why. It has a multilayer material of memory foam and performance cushioning for arch support and a cushioned footbed "that mirrors the sensation of walking on sand." A shoe that promises to make me feel like I am walking on the beach? Sold. 

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Best for Everyday Wear
Pipa Braided Net Slides
Kaanas shopbop.com

I've had these leather cowhide slides saved on my wishlist forever and it's about time I bought a pair. I love the two-toned braided strap and the simplicity of the shoe. It's a style you can count on to get you through multiple days of vacation, whether you're wearing a dress, trousers, shorts, or skirts.

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Best for the Office
Lauren Scalloped Ballet Flats
Chloé net-a-porter.com

For a shoe that veers away from the traditional ballet flat, try Chloé's scalloped selections. This one is feminine but fierce thanks to the snakeskin print and a dark mustard yellow coloring. It's sleek enough for the office yet dressed-down enough to pair with a tee and denim shorts on the weekends.

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Best for Tropical Vacations
Slide With Bows
H&M hm.com

Going on vacation? You definitely need these tropical palm leaf printed shoes in your suitcase. They might not have the best arch support compared to some other shoes on this list, but they're definitely comfortable enough for short walks around the resort. Also, how cute would these look on your Instagram?

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