Flat-out gorgeous: the best flat shoes for spring

— by Alyson Walsh

Photography by Stef Mitchell for Vogue Magazine


Miuccia Prada in Monk shoes. Our style inspiration for spring. The latest American Vogue features the 74-year-old Italian designer in a fabulous red silk coat, from her debut autumn/winter 1988 collection, on the cover. In the accompanying article she demonstrates the best way to wear flat shoes and a just-below-the-knee skirt (read the feature online HERE). Miuccia knows. If there are two things you need this season it’s a splash of tomato red and a pair of proper shoes. Forget all the flimsy Mary Jane’s and ballet pumps, they may be trending on TikTok but they’re not designed to last and definitely not for walking in. If you want to look seriously stylish, take your footwear seriously.

‘I try to respect women – I try to be creative in a way that can be worn, that can be useful…’ Miuccia Prada says in the Vogue feature, ‘Fashion is a little small thing, I think: Get dressed in the morning, and afterwards you do something else. I want people to feel confident – that they can perform in life. Fashion is a representation of one’s vision of the world. Because otherwise, I think fashion is useless.’



At this time of year, I am guilty of getting dressed as quickly as possible. Of continually putting warmth before whimsy and grabbing the same neat, zip-up jumpsuit, or wearing jeans and jumper on repeat. It’s high time I moved on from my Salomons – and there is something quite refreshing about a new pair of flat shoes. Think of all the outfit (and other) opportunities they bring, particularly as spring unfurls…


Sensible shoes. Some chunky, some Monk-y and some funky:


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PS Monk shoes don’t come cheap – has anyone tried Scarosso?

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  Miuccia Prada in Monk shoes. Our style inspiration for spring.