Heels are great but few women are willing to wear them day in and day out; high heels are certainly attractive but they can also be very painful and are generally very impractical. For everyday wear a girl needs a pair of shoes in which she can both walk and run and flats fill our need for wearable, everyday shoes. Flat shoes are easy to walk in but have long been viewed as somehow less desirable than heels but no more; from trainers to loafers flat are very much ‘in’. There are plenty of fashionable flats available for the style conscious woman and so, here at Lux-Fix, we thought we’d take a look at some our favourites.

Let’s begin with these laid back and slightly masculine Oxford’s by Fred’s Shoes. Boyish Brogues are very much in style at the moment but if you’re after a softer flat then a pair of Oxford shoes could be the thing for you. British brand Fred’s Shoes produce this attractive, easy to wear shoe in a variety of different colours and even prints. This is a shoe you could team with a dress to add a little hint of androgyny or with a pair of chinos and a white shirt for a relaxed look.

If you’re after a more feminine flat try one of the British Flat Shoe Company attractive designs such as this pair of bright, bold pink flats. The British Flat Shoe Company manufacture all their shoes right here in the UK and their simple but stylish designs are ideal for everyday wear. Combining this pair of pink beauties with matching accessories could easily transform any outfit from dull to chic in a heartbeat.

Flats, however, don’t just have to be stylish, or effortlessly chic; they can also be fun. These sparkly, glitter covered pumps from La Paire prove that flats can be as unique and fun as their heeled counterparts. La Paire’s Stardust flats could add a touch of instant sparkle to a day ensemble but would also be ideal for a night out on the town.

Of course today’s dream flat would combine effortless style with up to date design, practicality with desirability and, with that in mind, these pumps from Cleo B pretty much hit the mark. Their pastel blue colour and metallic heel are refreshingly contemporary making these pumps perfect for fashion savvy woman but they’re also functional enough to be worn regularly. These flats may look demure but, in reality, they present the wearer with a variety of styling options; these are shoes you could wear with a summer skirt or a pair of jeans the choice is yours.

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Beautiful shoes can make a woman feel great, at least mentally, physically shoes can really hurt. Shoe designer Claire Burrows decided to create stylish contemporary shoes for women to wear all day long with impunity and so she launched her own brand Air and Grace. Each pair of the brand’s shoes feature soles made of cleverly hidden layers of memory foam which makes the shoes comfortable and wearable. This unique system also ensures that Air and Grace can focus on the aesthetics of their shoes without compromising on comfort. These shoes are miles away from the ugly, comfortable footwear often presented as an alternative to more mainstream designs. In short Air and Grace’s creations have all the style and desirability of fashionable footwear but come without the same aches and pains.

This season Air and Grace’s collection is made up of functional but stylish shoes ideal for a cold busy winter. On trend styles such as loafers and ankle boots ensure that these are shoes that would easily compliment a contemporary wardrobe. There is not a high heel or stiletto in sight making this a collection for running errands rather than attending parties. These are shoes created for those with busy lifestyles; women who have to run for the bus rather than those who spend the day in taxis. Yet for all their practicality Air and Grace’s shoes are also very attractive with the brand sticking to classic, fuss free but up to date designs. Classic shapes and styles give the shoes durability whilst trendy flourishes such as chunky buckles, leopard print and metallic finishes give the shoes an edgy contemporary feel.

Many women like to fantasise about their dream pair of heels but in the real world we all need shoes that can put up with rigours of daily life and do so in style. Air and Grace provide just such footwear; their pieces may not but glamorous but they are, nevertheless, very appealing.

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Heels vs Flats; where do you stand? Heels are undoubtedly the more glamorous shoe option but flats are comfortable, practical and can be just as stylish as a pair of stilettos. From slippers to brogues flats are definitely ‘in’ at the moment but can the humble flat imbue a party outfit with the same appeal as a pair of high heels? London born brand Cocorose certainly think so; their luxurious, innovative, ballet pump inspired flats are the perfect combination of form and function making them ideal for the festive season. Cocorose’s signature pumps can be folded and easily stored away in handbags or draws until they are needed. This novel design gives the wearer the freedom to wear their comfy flats wherever and whenever they like. Cocorose’s shoes are stylish enough to fit any dressy outfit and yet their unique design gives them far more practicality than a regular party shoe.

This season Cocorose have used metallic finishes, embellishment and brogue-like detailing to create a collection that is both on trend and ideal for parties and nights out. The brand’s pumps and slippers manage to combine luxury and practicality with is something that few shoes do; these are shoes that look designer but yet are also fit for everyday wear.  In essence Cocorose’s flats are the perfect emergency shoes; these are pumps one can hid away for special occasions or sudden style dilemmas. Received a surprise party invitation? Broken a heel minutes before going out? Then Cocorose’s designs could be your style saviour.

Flats are functional enough as it is but Cocorose’s foldable designs add an extra layer of practicality making them the shoe of choice for busy but style conscious shoe lover. Cocorose’s shoes are certainly attractive enough to wear to a party but they are also sensible enough to wear again and again.

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Offering chic but affordable shoes and clothing Bourne is a British brand with a distinct look. The Bourne look is luxurious without being too opulent, sophisticated without being inaccessible and stylish without relying on transient trends. Founded in 2004 the brand originally produced glamorous shoes and accessories. Their elegant designs soon attracted stockists all over the world and in 2012 Bourne launched its first womenswear collection. Bourne’s shoe and clothing collections complement each other perfectly making this a brand that truly does provide women with a full ‘look’. In essence this is smart, alluring clothing for sophisticated but style conscious women.

Bourne’s designs are designed around the lifestyle of the wearer; these are clothes and shoes that could be worn in the office during the day and dressed up for the bar at night. Feminine, elegant and chic Bourne’s creations nevertheless posses a certain air of glamour and excitement with embellishment, lace and figure hugging silhouettes giving them plenty of va-va-voom. These are clothes and shoes that simply ooze glamour, that make heads turn; Bourne’s pieces are not for the shy and retiring but rather for those women confident in their own skin. Yet for all their stylish flair Bourne’s pieces are also refined and elegant making this is a brand with excellent taste. With their mix of effortless style and sophistication Bourne’s designs only garner the right kind of attention. These are shoes and clothes for chic offices, elegant occasions and sophisticated night spots.

Striking and unique yet also elegant and refined Bourne’s creations are ideal for bringing a little glamour into your daily life. These are shoes and clothes that manage to combine luxury design with a contemporary accessibility. In short if you are looking for chic, luxurious and wearable shoes and clothing Bourne is the brand for you.

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The British Flat Shoe Company is a UK based brand with a very clear message; simply put they are passionate about British manufacturing and British jobs. The brand endeavours to provide style conscious consumers with attractive, good quality shoes. All their shoes are made in Northampton, which has been at the centre of British shoe manufacturing for centuries. Drawing on this heritage and an eye for good design the British Flat Shoe Company create stylish flats that women can wear with pride. Comfortable, practical but above all fashionable the brand’s shoes would make a great addition to any shoe closet.

The British Flat Shoe Company likes to keep things simple; their British made flats are straightforward, fuss free and easy to wear. Not quite ballet pumps and not quite slippers these are shoes designed to outlast the whims of fast fashion; BFSC shoes may be stylish but they are also durable. Their unique aesthetic also imbues the shoes with a versatility characteristic of a good pair of flats; these are shoes that would look equally stylish teamed with jeans, a smart office ensemble or a pretty, feminine dress. In addition each of the British Flat Shoe Company’s shoes comes with in-build padding in the heel to ensure comfort; this is not footwear that you will curse at the end of the day but rather shoes that you will be more than happy to put on in the morning.

Everyone likes fun, flashy heels but in reality we all need shoes that can cope with the rigours of daily life. The British Flat Shoe Company produces just such footwear; their shoes are accessible, comfy and durable. They may not be quite as showy as some shoes but they are, in their own way, equally as stylish and far more robust. In short, buying a pair of BFSC flats is an investment, not just in good quality footwear but also in British industry and ingenuity.

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