When to Choose Flats Over Heels

We get it. When you’re invited for a fun night on the town, a cocktail party, or even dinner with friends, an occasion that calls for dressing up is usually the perfect opportunity to wear heels. After all, we’ve heard so much about how the right pair of heels can complete an outfit, how heels can lengthen the look of your legs, and how heels are just the thing to wear with business casual clothing at the office. And let’s face it. Sometimes, when you wear heels, you just feel powerful.  

Regardless of conventional standards or public opinion, sometimes, flats are the better choice. That’s right. Flats. When you think of flats, you might envision a pair of simple, unassuming ballet flats. Luckily, styles have evolved and there are plenty of attractive options out there, for both casual and formal occasions. 

While you might need to be sold on ditching heels for flats, and we don’t expect you to be, we’re going to take a look at several different scenarios in which opting for a pair of flats might be the smarter choice –  your feet do deserve a break, after all – as well as some benefits of choosing flats over heels.  

Difficult Terrain or Inclement Weather 

Say you’re invited to an outdoor shindig, such as a baby shower at the park. It’s summer, it’s warm, and you might think this is the perfect opportunity to rock a floral dress matched with your favorite pair of espadrille wedges.  

Turns out, the baby shower takes place at a park with patchy grass and lots of uneven terrain. While wedges, with their thicker soles, are certainly a more comfortable option than standard heels, picture yourself trying to navigate a downhill slope in your three-inch wedges.  

Avoiding lawn, garden, and rabbit holes, traversing up and down hills, and being prepared for whatever else Mother Nature throws at you is much easier, and safer, in a pair of flats than in heels.  

Our Cobb Hill Inglewood Huarache Sandal is a perfectly viable option for outdoor events that call for semiformal dress, with a TR outsole for improved traction control, a soft footbed for all-day comfort, and superior craftsmanship and laser-cut detailing. 

Inclement weather, such as pouring rain, is another situation in which flats might be the smarter option. While there are definitely waterproof heels out there with the traction needed for slippery surfaces, flats may provide better stability.  

Other Benefits of Choosing Flats Over Heels 

Let’s face it, when it comes to flats versus heels, flats are inherently lower risk when it comes to tripping and losing balance. Plus, you don’t have to worry about super sleek stiletto heels getting caught in grilles or sidewalk cracks.  

If you’ve got a busy day ahead of you that involves lots of walking and errands, the right pair of flats will keep you going much longer than even the sturdiest pair of pumps. Flats are also a characteristically practical option. While heels are often thought of as the sexier choice, they are often very limiting in what you can do while wearing them. What would rather wear when running after a bus or rushing to get to your next meeting?  

Not surprisingly, comfort is often the definitive factor when it comes to choosing flats over heels. If it hurts to walk, let alone stand, your mind will constantly be focused on your pain and discomfort as opposed to the people you’re spending time with or the event that you’re celebrating.  

Why? Because You Feel Like It 

Even with all the aforementioned reasons, the most important deciding factor in whether to choose heels or flats is, you guessed it, what you want.  In a world where women constantly feel bound by societal expectations, it deserves to be said. If you don’t feel like wearing heels, then don’t!  

While heels can definitely boost your confidence (and height), if you’re not feeling your best, how confident can you truly be? When you feel good, you look good, and there are thankfully enough options out there to complement any outfit for any occasion, no matter how casual or formal.  

Here at Rockport, we offer great deals on a large selection of comfortable women’s flats in a variety of styles and textures. Find your perfect pair today!  

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