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Flat Shoes

Comfort, ease, and style abound in an everyday functional alternative to your favorite pair of heels.

Who doesn’t love a pair of stylish and easy-to-wear flats? It doesn’t matter whether you’re tall or petite. We’re sure you’ve got a pair or two (or three!) of comfortable and cute flat shoes in your shoe closet.

Women’s flat shoes are universally loved for the comfort they bring to any outfit and outing. Heels may give us that extra oomph and lift, but it comes at a cost — our foot health, to be exact.

Many foot health concerns, from bunions and plantar fasciitis to general foot pain, can be traced back to wearing high heels for extended periods.

Flat shoes are a staple for running errands or spontaneous outings with friends. Depending on the style and type of flats you wear, you can even wear them to more formal occasions, like dates and company events.

It’s safe to say that living life on the flats lane won’t hurt anyone — especially when you’re wearing one of our extra cushioned and supportive KURU flat shoes.

Experts Guide to Flats

What are Flat Shoes?

Flat shoes are undeniably one of the most comfortable shoes available. They are also one of the most versatile footwear.

Since the only real requirement for flat shoes to be considered as such lies in its sole, there is an incredible variety of styles and types of flat shoes. Your flats can also be leather shoes, canvas shoes, or mesh shoes — if that is the material used for the uppers.

Perhaps the most iconic or well-known example of flat shoes areis ballet flats. First designed in 1956, they have since become timeless, go-to footwear for women around the world.

Flat shoes for women can either be completely flat or have a negligible “heel” to add a small amount of support. Examples of completely flat dress shoes, with a small amount of heel, include oxfords, loafers, and Mary Janes.

It’s important to note that just because the soles are flat, it doesn’t necessarily mean the insides are flat as well. Although this may be true for sandals and most flip flops, it is not true for many flat slip-ons, oxfords, and sneakers (yes, sneakers can also be flat shoes!).

Wearing supportive flat shoes for women offer a lot of health benefits, including:

  • Improving your posture and spine health
  • Preventing and avoiding neuromas or abnormal nerve tissue growth
  • Avoiding plantar fasciitis
  • Providing better stability
  • Reducing the risk of falls and sprains
  • Preventing swollen feet
  • Promoting even weight distribution and gait

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Our Customer Favorites

"Perfect!
I’ve been having so much back and foot issues at only 25. My doctor suggested supportive running shoes. After shopping around I couldn’t find any that would work with most outfits. Kuru is the only shoes I have found that provide the support I need while still looking cute! They are perfect. Usually I would be in pain after a couple hours walking around in flat shoes, but with these Kuru shoes I am fine all day! Definitely recommend if you are on the fence about it."
-Brittany B
"Best comfort by far
I bought these to wear at work, with a business casual dress code. I'm on my feet all day, on hard floors. Before these shoes, I'd often be on the verge of tears from foot pain at the end of the day. I've tried half a dozen other shoes that are supposed to be comfortable and dress-casual acceptable. I've tried several orthotic inserts. Nothing else has come close to the comfort of these shoes. Game changer!"
-davidgrilla

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How to Pair Your Flats

Wondering how to style your flats? Our KURU GURUs outline the best ways to wear them below.

Flat shoes are incredibly versatile. They come in a wide range of colors, types, and materials. This lets you experiment with them and find your style.

Women’s flat shoes look amazing when worn with casual knee-length skirts and a shirt, shorts and a tank top, or leggings and an oversized hoodie.

There are only two hard rules we would give you when it comes to styling women’s flat shoes are about pant length and sock choice (or lack thereof).

If you’re wearing pants, long skirts, or dresses, make sure the hem doesn’t touch the floor. Try to keep the length at least half an inch away from the ground. This will help you avoid unnecessary tumbles after snagging your shoes on the hemline.

For a chic, modern, and streamlined look, we recommend pairing your flats with pants that taper and stop at or just above your ankles.

Here at KURU, we are firmly on Team Socks. Just because you’re wearing flats doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear socks. That’s what low socks and invisible socks are for, after all. Socks add another layer of cushioning and may help prevent abrasions, redness, and soreness when wearing flats.

Styling Flat Shoes for Formal Occasions

Look at it this way, if celebrities can wear flats on the red carpet, there shouldn’t be anything to stop you from wearing them yourself and staying comfortable at formal events.

Just be sure to match your flats with your outfit and the occasion itself. Your formal black flat shoes would be perfect for a formal job interview but might not fit the bill for a formal evening dinner where you’re wearing a long dress.

In general, avoid thick-soled flats for formal occasions. If you’re breaking this rule, try to stick to Oxfords or brogues and only when you’re wearing pantsuits. Wearing these types of flats with skirts, especially shorter ones, can still give off a casual vibe.

Here are a few other tips for choosing flat shoes for formal occasions:

  • If you prefer to play it safe, stick to neutrals, like black, white, and nude flat shoes, for formal work events.
  • If you’re more confident and daring, you can pair monochrome pants suits or pencil skirts and blazer combos with bold leopard print ballet flats or a bright colored one.
  • For weddings, church events, and similar “dressy” events, go for flat shoes that are made of lace, have some sheen or sparkle, or have classy and minimal embellishments.

Basic Shoe Care for Your Flats

Taking proper care of your flat shoes will ensure they last longer and stay in style! Learn how to clean and store your flats with these simple tips.

How To Clean Your Flats:

How you clean your flat shoes will largely depend on the material used to make the uppers. Some fabric flats may be safe to put in the washer, but be sure to check the manufacturer or brand’s care instructions first.

In general, you can simply use a mild soap solution, an old toothbrush, and towels. Some flats, like ones made of patent leather, can easily be cleaned with just a damp cloth or paper towels.

For leather flats, use a horsehair brush to get rid of any dust, dirt, and dried mud. After that, wipe away any other stains using a damp, clean cloth or use saddle soap or a mild soap solution. Check out our Experts Page on Leather Shoes for more detailed care instructions.

For fabric and mesh flats, you can use a toothbrush and a mixture of gentle detergent and water to wash away stubborn stains. Be extra careful when brushing lace flats or ones with crystals and other embellishments. We also have Experts Pages on Mesh Shoes and Canvas Shoes with more detailed cleaning instructions and tips.

How to Store Your Flats Properly:

  • Always brush away any dirt and clean the shoes before storing them.
  • Use a shoe tree or balled-up paper to prevent the uppers from getting flattened.
  • Use mothballs or other moisture-absorbing products to keep the shoes dry and moisture-free.
  • For leather flats, make sure to condition the shoes before storing them.
  • If possible, store your shoes in a climate-controlled environment that is away from direct sunlight.
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Types of Flats & Finding the Best Fit

There are so many options for flats out there, we’re breaking down our favorites!

Some of the most popular types of flat shoes are:

  • Ballet flats: Also called doll shoes, these are flat shoes designed to resemble pointe or ballet shoes.
  • Oxfords: Historically made for men, Oxfords are flat leather shoes that have a closed lacing system.
  • Moccasins: Flat shoes are made with soft leather or suede uppers and have visible stitching.
  • Loafers: These shoes look similar to moccasins but are typically made of harder leather, have less visible stitching, and have very low, broad, and flat heels.
  • Docksides: Also called boat shoes, these flats are similar to moccasins and loafers. The main difference is they have non-marking rubber soles to prevent slips.
  • Mary Jane flats: These are flat, low-cut shoes that feature a buckle strap across the top of the foot.
  • D’Orsay flats: Similar to ballet flats, this type of flat reveals the arch of the foot. They either have one side, usually, the inside or both sides cut out.
  • Sandals: These are open-toed and flat-soled footwear commonly held together by strips of leather or other fabric.

General Tips to Find the Best-Fitting Flats:

  • Make sure to fit the shoes on both feet. Most of us have one slightly larger foot, so you need to make sure it fits the shoe.
  • Measure your feet or try on potential shoes at the end of the day. This is when your feet are the largest so it’s best to accommodate this size, rather than the smaller one during the morning.
  • Try to avoid pointed flats for a more comfortable fit. These can cause your toes to be crammed inside to fit the shape.
  • Look for women’s flat shoes with wider toe boxes.
  • If you plan on wearing the flat shoes for a long period, make sure they have proper arch support and a soft insole.
  • When buying shoes, walk around in them for a couple of minutes to get a better feel of how the overall fit.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"KURU'S ARE MY GO-GO SHOE!

I wear Kuru flats to work everyday, and they have been a Godsend, but I never tried any Kuru sneakers. I saw these online and really liked the light blue color - something different from the usual white you see all over - and it knew they'd be as "Kuru" inside as my work flats. I absolutely LOVE these shoes! I got a half size larger than I would for work flats to allow for thicker socks, and they're perfect. I am SO happy I decided to purchase these cute & comfortable beauties! Well worth every penny!!!"
-Shari B.

"Very comfortable!! Love them!

This is an extremely comfortable shoe and easy to get on and off. I wear them to work in a business casual environment. I definitely recommend these shoes."
-Young Professional

"Amazing Shoes!!!

I just bought these shoes and this was my first pair with Kuru. I bought these shoes to help with my heel pain. I absolutely LOVE these shoes!!! Right when I first put them on, I instantly felt how comfortable these were. They fit SO nicely and they are true to size. They have wonderful arch support and I can wear these all day long and my feet and heel do not hurt anymore!! I even come home and don’t even want to take them off they’re so comfy!! I will definitely be buying more Kuru shoes!! They are so fantastic and comfortable and I definitely recommend buying them! So worth it!! I do wish Kuru made work shoes for women, like cute flats for a business look. That would be so ideal!!"
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FAQs

Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

What are flat shoes?

Simply put, flat shoes are footwear that do not have high or elevated heels. This term applies to both closed shoes, like moccasins, or open ones, like sandals.

Shoes that have a very low or negligible heel, like ballet flats that have a quarter of an inch or fewer heels, can still be considered flat shoes.

What looks good with flat shoes?

Almost anything, to be honest. Flat shoes look great plain and can fit both casual and formal styles. Here’s our quick guide and style recommendations for different looks.

  • For brunch with friends: denim shorts, loose casual button-down shirt, and flat sandals, oxfords, or moccasins
  • For a post-gym outfit: joggers or sweatpants, loose off-shoulder long-sleeved top in the same color, and ballet flats in a contrasting color or bold pattern
  • For a business casual ensemble: black leggings, black shirt or blouse, white or cream blazer, and neutral ballet flats or flat dress shoes
  • For a dressy outfit for dinner events or parties: sparkly cocktail dress, matching clutch, and pointed lace ballet flats with some crystal embellishment

Are flat shoes formal?

Yes, they can be! It all depends on the style and materials you choose.

Premium fabric and material for uppers help give your flats a more formal feel. A great example is leather and patent leather flat shoes.

Color can play a part in making your flat shoes fit a formal look better. Neutral colors, like black, white, and nude, give off a more formal vibe than most colorful shoes. That’s one of the reasons why black flat shoes are one of the most recommended footwear for formal job interviews.

Flat dress shoes also fit other formal occasions, such as company dinners or even weddings. Jewel embellishments and delicate lace material give flat shoes a luxurious and high-end feel fit for such occasions.

Can you wear flats to an interview?

You most definitely can! Many experts and career coaches advise women to wear black, white, or nude flat shoes. Women’s dress shoes—flats and otherwise—immediately look more formal when in neutral colors and little to no-frills or adornments.

If you prefer to wear bolder colors, such as red flat shoes, try to choose ones that are plain or have a simple design. Most of all, make sure they go well with the rest of your outfit.

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