Fabulous Flats

Stylish Shoes That Work as Hard as you do, from NewbarK and Rupert Sanderson with SwarovskiIt’s easier than ever to be fashionable at work while remaining smart and comfortable thanks to cult LA brand NewbarK and luxury UK label Rupert Sanderson. Both excel in making beautiful shoes that are ideal for days on the move—and are glamorous enough to step out to dinner in.

After a summer kicking around the beach in flip-flops and sauntering around the pool in sliders, the thought of retraining your feet for office heels is daunting. Fortunately, there are stylish brands out there that are catching on to comfort. So tempt your toes back to work with two of the best:

Launched in 2009 by power stylist sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour (clients include Heidi Klum, The Rolling Stones and Demi Lovato), NewbarK is adored by L.A. fashionistas for its elegant, minimalist, aesthetic and comfort-first ethos. Indeed, the name came from “My dogs are barking”—an expression used to describe painful feet. After debuting with a single design, a foldable soft flat, NewbarK now features a complete range of shoes, boots and accessories, all handmade in LA. Just in time for fall, the brand launched their Melanie collection which includes a luxed-up the preppie loafer and mule with sumptuous velvet and a shimmering band of Swarovski crystals. Choose from a midnight black or deep forest green. As well as the exclusive glittering Roma slider, available only on newbark.com.

A love of superior craftsmanship and traditional shoemaking has seen Rupert Sanderson receive a number of accolades since founding his label in 2001, including the British Fashion Council Accessory Designer of the Year 2008 and the ELLE Style Awards Accessory Designer 2009. Inspired by the sensual curve of the shoemaker’s wooden last, he aims to create the perfect silhouette, and only uses the finest leathers and materials. The new-season update of his signature Bedfa Swarovski flat is a real wardrobe investment. Crafted in rich velvet and adorned with a crystal-encrusted ring at the toe, it will add a touch of refinement your everyday work outfit. Meanwhile, its vertiginous twin—the Malory Swarovski pump, boasting a leg-lengthening 100mm heel—will dial up the glamour at night. Both are available in a range of colors, with the Malory also offered in a stunning brocade. If you’re looking for footwear that’s as versatile as your schedule, look no further.