Shopping for shoes? Flat Shoe Myths

lat shoes don’t get nearly as much attention as heels do. They just don’t seem quite as exciting.

But just because flats aren’t necessarily flashy, doesn’t mean they’re frumpy.

Or does it?

I’m going to address five of the most common misconceptions about flat shoes for women, and tell you why these assumed facts are nothing more than age-old myths.

 1) Flats are More Comfortable Than Heels

A lot of people mistakenly believe that flat shoes are always more comfortable than high heels. This is false.

In addition to the fact that some heeled shoes are actually quite comfortable, some flats simply are not. Quite frankly, some of them are downright torturous.

If you find flats uncomfortable, you may want to check out this list of possible causes and solutions.

2) Flat Shoes are Frumpy and Unattractive

While it’s true that many high heeled shoes are undeniably sexy, that doesn’t automatically make flats unattractive.

Sure, some flats are frumpy all on their own. But, there are lots of stylish, sophisticated, and yes, even sexy flats out there. You just have to look for them. And once you find a pair that is chic, be sure to wear them with the right outfits.

Because no matter how posh a pair of suede loafers may look on the shelf, they’re going to look downright awful with a skirt or dress.

3) Flat Shoes Don’t Look Dressy

Don’t mistake “dressy” for “wearing dresses.” Because, while it’s true that you probably won’t find a pair of flats that will work with your favorite cocktail dress, there are plenty of other ways to dress up.

Nice pants, suits, maxi skirts, and even some shorter dresses look amazing with flat shoes. You just need to choose the right style for your outfit.

For example, pointy-toed flats usually look a bit more dressy than styles with rounded toes. If you’re planning to wear a short, summery evening dress, then you may want to consider a pair of delicate thong sandals. Flat tall boots look great with maxi skirts; and evening pants or suits are perfectly matched to classic or smoking-styled loafers.

4) Flat Shoes Are Good for Your Feet

Wearing high heels excessively, or for extended periods of time, is not good for our feet — or for the rest of our bodies. That’s a well-established fact.

But, bad shoes are bad shoes, no matter how high or low their heels are. So, if you wear a pair of ill-fitting, unsupportive, or otherwise unsuitable flats, you can still cause severe damage to your feet.

To avoid pain and problems, you should be measured by a professional to find your proper shoe size and width, and follow all the basic rules for trying on shoes. Once you’ve found a few pairs that are comfortable, consider rotating them instead of wearing one pair every day.

5) Flat Shoes Aren’t as Sexy as Heels

Of course, sexy is in the eye of the beholder, but I promise you that not everyone thinks high heels are sexy. In fact, several people have told me that they find them to be more of a turn-off than anything else.

And, if flats were never considered sexy, how would you explain all the people who are turned on by women athletes that they’ve only seen in cross-trainers?

Granted, few people would probably classify bulky, orthopedic shoes as “hot.” But then again, most people wouldn’t think a woman wobbling on 6″ heels with hoof-like platform soles was oozing sex appeal either.

If you’re not going for the sporty look, shop for really nice streamlined, delicate, funky, or feminine styles — whatever works with your own personal style.

Trust me, if you pull together a nice collection of clothing and shoes that represents who you really are, then you’re perfect partner will find it… well, perfect.

6) Flat Shoes are Old-Fashioned

What is really old-fashioned is thinking that age has anything to do with our sense of style.

A young woman shouldn’t feel pressured to wear heels any more than a healthy, able-bodied 70-year old should be forced to wear orthopedic flats.

Wear the best of what suits you, and you’ll never go wrong. See more fashion tips here at Quatty Wot.