In Defence Of Flats...
Okay, it’s confession time. In the office, I'm Jodie Jones: the high heel-wearing, #AllBlackEverything enthusiast. BUT, pre-9am, outside the office? Well, while some things never change (forever noir ❤), a shift in attitude has encouraged a most un-Jones-like decision: commute in flats, swap into heels at work...
This sneaky sartorial switch-up is a tried and tested method for bossin' gals everywhere. But, while I was shopping for flats and gathering up my faves, below, a troubling question hit me: Why do I feel I'm treated differently when I'm wearing heels, compared to when I'm wearing flats?
Chain trim loafers £10
T-bar flats £6
At 5’3”, it's fair to say I'm at the shorter end of the spectrum. I’m not hung up on it, in fact I generally like being petite. But, lest we forget the trials and tribs of London’s ‘every man for himself’ commuter mantra, which isn't sympathetic to those of us struggling to peer over crowds (although we can nimbly navigate through them).
This is where heels come into play. In this situation, they don't just provide extra height, they also add about six inches to my confidence levels. In heels, I've always felt more presentable, more grown up, and more feminine...
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But, here’s the rub: elevated footwear is notoriously cumbersome, especially when rushing for the bus. Thus, I faced a classic case of catch 22: Wear impractical heels because I care what people think of me, or embrace my vertically-challenged stature in the name of practicality?
Quilted ballerina flats £6
Suedette loafers £12
After much deliberation, I realised the whole debate was ridiculous. I shouldn't be made to feel any different, based purely on my SHOES. So, I decided to don my very best "laters haters" attitude and do whatever I want! Heels, flats – it doesn’t really matter. What matters most is that I feel comfortable, and (for the sake of my boss reading this!) I get to work on time.
After all the exhaustive questioning and sole searching (ahem) I decided to peruse my flat footwear options, and found these six oh-so-chic pairs of flats, even I'd wear, to get from A-B.
Almond toe knotted ballerina flats £6
Pointed ballerina flats £4