Style Dilemma: Comfortable flat shoes that don't sacrifice style
I have a problem with my knees and have been advised not to wear high heels for a couple of months. This was fine in winter as I wore biker boots with pretty much everything, but now I need some summery options. Could you recommend some stylish flats please? Anne, Kerry
You don't have to wear high heels to look good. And if ever there was a time to be restricted to wearing flats, it is now. The vogue for all things low-heeled has been gathering momentum over the past couple of seasons.
With a distinct borrowed-from-the-boys feel, Simone Rocha's contemporary interpretation of the traditional brogue brought them back into the fashion spotlight for women a couple of seasons ago, and now everyone is doing them.
The 'Carine' metallic brogue by Hobbs (1 €155) is a standout shoe with old-school charm that will look great with a pair of skinny jeans.
Loafers, such as the pale pink 'Penelope' at Office (2 €125) or New Look's suedette pair (3 €32.99) are another great option. Flash some ankle by ditching your socks and wear with a pair of cropped cigarette pants for a cool city summer look.
Slipper-style shoes are another of this summer's must-haves. Have a bit of fun with the pink leopard-print pair at Buffalo (4 €78). The teal version with cut-out detailing (5) is pretty slick, too.
This year, trainers are no longer relegated to the gym. Whether it's a simple canvas shoe (6 from €2, Penneys), a retro pair of Nike Blazers (7 €90, Life Style Sports) or the 1990s flashback that is Nike Air Max (€125), these are all options you can walk, run and feel comfortable in while looking bang on-trend.