One - Okay, I admit that this isn't a completely flat platform sandal (or flat-form as they are sometimes called) but it is pretty darn close. These are a great option for a bit of height with lots of comfort, since it almost feels like you're wearing flats with such a gentle rise. I personally love this pair from Madewell, but this is a fun shape to look for, especially in summer
Two - This is a much more pronounced platform, so a fair bit more height here. But fear not! These are can still be really easy to wear because they are generally wider (read: more stable) on the sole and are also easy on the feet!
Three - A classic black heel is a must-have. Of all of these, this is the one that will literally go with everything. You really can't go wrong. I picked a sturdy heel version from the folks at Seychelles - you'll feel much more firmly planted than in a stiletto.
Four - The low-mid heel. Not too high, this is a good choice for ladies not used to towering at great heights who still want a bit of a lift. The low heel on these makes them a comfortable style with many fabulous options to choose from, for example the wide selection at Aldo.
Five - Wedges! These have (in most, but not all cases) a stable heel that makes for easy walking and relative comfort although in this Kate Spade pair, the lack of platform at the ball of the foot might make these a pair to get used to.
Six - Last but certainly not least, these will probably be the pick of choice for my flat-loving friend. The hidden heel! A hidden wedge gives the tiniest bit of height without sacrificing any of the comfort. If you want to test the waters, this is the perfect shoe for you.
One - Ballet Flats! I cannot sing the praises of these enough. I would have a rainbow array of colours if I could but the first two shades to choose if you're adding these to your shoe collection would be black and nude.
Two - Black flats. The ultimate style chameleon, these go with everything. I picked a patent J Crew pair here, but I have had black flats in various incarnations and worn them until they are literally falling apart (I have a tough time saying goodbye to favourite shoes, ok?). Wardrobe staple!
Three - Pretty details! Flats are pretty simple, but if you can find a pair with a simple detail - whether it is a pretty scalloped edge like this Chloé pair, bright colours, tassels or whatever your heart desires, a special detail can add interest!
Four - Oxfords! A classic. These have had a resurgence in the past few years it seems, and are, in my opinion, timeless. In traditional neutral leather, or as seen above in a fun purple suede, or even in gold metallic as seen in the Joe Fresh Fall 2011 collection - these are a great addition to any shoe collection that you'll wear for ages.
Five - And finally the penny loafer. I have a lovely basic black pair (Thanks Ale!) that I wear constantly - they are the perfect librarian shoe after all - but fun colours like this minty pair from Asos make for a fresh take on an old favourite.
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