How to Wear Flat Shoes and Still Look Professional

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Flat Shoes for the Young Professional
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A few years ago I stepped in a pothole while crossing the street in 4 inch heels, and watched my ankle bend in a way that didn’t seem normal. Sure enough, I woke up the next morning and it HURT. I had a high ankle sprain, and no health insurance. So I wrote an angry letter to the city I live in, and started the process of icing, elevating, ibuprofen-ing and wrapping my ankle. I was determined to not only avoid high medical bills, but also go camping a few weeks after it happened. I made it, but ever since I’ve been a lot more cautious about my ankles.

I LOVE cute shoes and especially love wearing heels. Not only do I feel more professional in heels, I’ve spent the last year and a half or so dating a man who is 6’5″ tall. As a young lawyer, I do think that older attorneys, judges and potential clients judge my appearance. We are held to a higher standard to prove that we are capable and competent attorneys. It doesn’t make sense to me, but such is life. I was happy to comply with the heels requirement because I truly do love to wear them. Finally, about a year after spraining my ankle, I had to confess that my ankles were no longer strong enough to justify heels for the sake of fashion.

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The day I got my house I was able to wear jeans and these nude flats to work with my favorite Flamingo blouse from Express!

Not only have I had to be intentional about the work shoes I buy, I also bought a pair of stabilizing workout shoes.

Now that heels all day, ever day weren’t the smartest option, I started looking into the flat shoes available to young lawyers. It turns out, you can wear flats, feel stylish and still look put together. If you’re a young lawyer looking for cute, flat shoes, or a professional in another field, I highly recommend these shoes!

Flats are good with dresses, skinny legged trousers and skirts. You can wear them with wide legged trousers as well, but I’d suggest a brighter or more structured pair so that your feet don’t get lost in your pant leg and people don’t think you’ve worn slippers to work.

Flat Shoes for the Young Professional

Wet Hair, Don’t Care – gold sparkly flats with skinny legged slacks, a detailed tank and a simple cardigan. And coffee, always coffee.

And hey, maybe I can’t justify a pair of Jimmy Choos ballet flats, but if you can, I’d love to live vicariously through you!

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    Tianna
    March 2, 2016 at 8:50 am

    awesome tips! I definitely think flats are my favorite and go-to shoes, but of course, there’s a way to wear them that’s more polished than just converse or something. thanks for these ♥

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    Julie @ Girl on the Move
    March 2, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Such cute flat shoe options…I am obsessed with wedges but try not to wear them everyday because I know it’s not great for my feet!
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    Tiffany
    March 2, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I have to say I love my flats more than anything. Being on my feet all day as a teacher – they are a must have wardrobe item!

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    Katie
    March 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I had to give up heels a long time ago because of knee issues. Having just this side of wide and large feet (size 11) for a woman I always struggled to find shoes period, but the flats available were pretty dowdy. I am so thankful that has changed more recently, I love that I can find cute professional flats now.

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    March 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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    margaret peg m.
    April 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Love the ‘flats’ you have spotlighted here…all classy and basically affordable (sans Jimmy Choo’s). Flats are in style and a smart alternative to uncomfortable heels!

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