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14 Reasons Flats Are Way Better Than Heels

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"If I go to an exercise class after work, I feel funny wearing a high heel under my yoga pants. It's no fun to try to walk down the New York City subway stairs sweaty and tired, toting a purse, yoga mat while also balancing on a high heel." - Karen Wilson, Senior Producer
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"Flats are much better for outdoor events with unknown terrain. Trying to navigate a grassy field, dusty parking lot or gravel walkway is difficult to do gracefully in heels." - Karen Wilson, Senior Producer
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"Because wearing flats means you can hem all your pants the same length." - Verena von Pfetten, Executive Digital Editor
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"Because they no matter how fancy the flat, they're still cheaper than heels from the same brand." - Verena von Pfetten, Executive Digital Editor
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"Because sneakers were never, ever, ever meant to come with heels." - Verena von Pfetten, Executive Digital Editor
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"When I'm halfway down the subway stairs in heels and I hear the train coming, I'll miss it. But in flats I can run and make it." - Alison Syrett, Digital Writer
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"My best friend is almost a foot shorter than me so if I wear heels I look like a giant coming to crush her." - Hillary McDaniels, Production Coordinator
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"Walking half a mile to the subway in heels is about as fun as walking on broken glass barefoot." - Hillary McDaniels, Production Coordinator
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"For those who are accident prone (myself included), wearing flats can be enough of a struggle but add a platform and 4-inch heel? No way." - Hillary McDaniels, Production Coordinator
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"Also, sometimes high heels make funny noises when you walk and I find that really annoying." - Hillary McDaniels, Production Coordinator
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"Just think of all the money you'll save on Band-Aids." - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor
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"Mischa Barton wore flats constantly on The OC, and she's awesome. RIP, Marissa Cooper." - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor
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"No hobbling and limping from point A to point B means you'll arrive at every destination faster, resulting in more free time. You could finally learn Italian! Or read a book!" - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor
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"When you inevitably find out the guy you're meeting for a first date lied about his height on his profile, he won't feel quite as bad. In flats, you're only one inch taller than he is—not FIVE." - Elana Fishman, Senior Digital Editor

Every morning we find ourselves faced with the eternal question: flats or heels? There they sit in your closet, staring at you. Your mind races. "The heels will make me look taller," you tell yourself, "but the flats will be forgiving on my poor tired feet." You think in circles until your brain is fried. What if your heel gets caught in a subway grate and you fall through to the depths of the city's underbelly for days? Would a flat betray you in such a manner? No. A flat would never do that to you. Trust the flat. Embrace the flat. Wear the flat.

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