The Secrets of A Good Work Flat: (the Unknown, the Ignored and the Mistake)
What makes a good work flat? There are plenty of flat shoe styles to choose from — oxfords, loafers, ballet — but what details make for a “comfortable, stable enough to run around in all day” flat? Since we have already tackled finding the perfect work heel, we are ready to help you uncover the secrets of a perfect work flat. Let’s delve in.
1) The Most Overlooked Feature: Arch Support
1) The Most Overlooked Feature
Arch support is the foundation to an all-powerful flat. Without it, your flats are just…flat. Arch support helps align and provides care to your foot, back, and other parts of the body. That is why a feature like a built-in insole or cushion is the core of a good work flat. Buying an insert (removeable insole) is an option. However, it can be more of a hassle than its worth. Inserts can slide around, produce fit issues or make the toe box tight. Take time to identify a flat with built in support; your feet and back will thank you later.
2) The Most Unknown Detail: Toe Box Shape
2) The Most Unknown Detail
From pointy to square to almond to round, there are many shapes from which to choose. But not all shapes are equal when it comes to comfort. Toe box shape directly effects the comfort of the shoe; hence the reason why this detail matters, a lot. Some shapes can be painful causing friction in the toe area, leading to blisters. To steer clear of this pitfall, opt for a round toe. Why? The round toe mimics the natural shape of the foot, making it a more comfortable choice. And it is the most universal silhouette, regardless if your feet are narrow or wide.
3) The Most Common Mistake: Achilles Heels
3) The Most Common Mistake
One the opposite end, flats can rub your Achilles heel causing bleeding and sores. Heel discomfort is destructive to your feet. And mistakenly, people sacrifice comfort for fashion. If a shoe irritates your heel (or any part of your foot), then RETURN IT. Looking for a flat shoe with sufficient padding around the heel collar will prevent against rubbing or irritation of the Achilles tendon. Additionally, finding a shoe that comes up higher or lower than your ankle will help avoid the sensitive area altogether. Live by this principal and you will not be a repeat offender: if the shoe does not fit properly, walk away. The market has too many good options waiting for you.
4) The Most Disregarded Thing: Wearability
4) The Most Disregarded Thing
Now think, how wearable is this flat? Will it slip off when I walk? There are super cute slip-on styles that unintendedly slip off when walking. How secure is it? This probably goes without saying but good work flats need to be secure, especially in the back. Does the flat provide some protection? Offices can be a jungle. Open-toe designs are liberating but a sturdy, closed toe structure may be best for protecting against falling items or the office environment in general.