Flats are back

Alyson Walsh ( 01 April 2014 )

Sighs of relief all round - shoes you can actually walk in are back in fashion and they've never looked so good.

Flats are back, and any woman who wears plimsolls on the red carpet has my seal of approval. The American model and actress Lauren Hutton has an easygoing approach to style. Whether in a trouser suit with white pumps, or Capri pants with ballet flats, the 70-year-old icon looks effortlessly chic. Comfortable in her own shoes.

Much as I like the canvas plimsolls by Converse and Superga, these days my feet need more support. And as trainers appeared on the catwalk at the Chanel couture show earlier this year, maybe Karl Lagerfeld feels the same. There is no need to pay exorbitant designer prices when a pair of Mint Velvet’s limited-edition Tilly suede trainers (mintvelvet.co.uk, 0845 456 2200) will do the trick.

Or upgrade the look with Toast’s Tassel Derby shoes (toast.co.uk). Just follow Lauren Hutton’s lead and keep everything else sleek and simple.


Long to Rayne over us

The Queen is a big fan of low-heeled shoes from the luxury British brand Rayne, as worn on her wedding day in 1947. Rayne has a fabulous selection of low-heeled courts and elegant flat shoes, although they are at admittedly royal prices.


Bloody Emma Thompson

And finally, all hail Emma Thompson, who took off her red-soled, killer-heeled Christian Louboutin platforms at the Golden Globes, declared, ‘I just want you to know, this red, it’s my blood,’ and tossed them over her shoulder before presenting the Best Screenplay Award. As every grown-up knows, no one ever feels glamorous when their shoes are killing them.

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