A pair of flats is a woman’s best friends. Whether rushing around the city, weaving through subway stations and train platforms, or kicking off  your heels in the office, flats are the utilitarian shoe. Comfort and style both combined into one overarching idea of a shoe, and that became the flat. Days of boring black ballet flats are long gone, and it’s time to give flats just as much credit as a stiletto. Check out how these style gurus are able to balance the sometimes-taboo taste of comfortable styling, with their famous fashionable forte.

Emma Watson and Elizabeth & James Gemma Loafer

Emma Watson may have chopped off her long locks after the completion of the Harry Potter movies, but she has kept her position as top-tier in the world of fashionable dressing. We’ve seen her go from collegiate comfort to red carpet rendezvous, and her style has never faltered. While flats can be tricky, worn in a neutral shade, they’re easily paired with a pair of jeans and a cardigan. Take a queue from Ms. Watson’s modern approach to the flat in a gray loafer style that fashion moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s brand Elizabeth & James have mastered. The Gemma Loafer is perfect for on-the-go gals who have just enough time to slip these on. The cutouts add a contemporary and chic touch, while keeping your feet cool.

Anne Hathaway and Marc by Marc Jacobs Ballet Flat

Another member of the short-hair club is Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway. Her boyish ‘do is complemented by her always-lady-like dressing and over-sized shades. Rushing around like any starlet should, flats are a great way to bookmark a comfortable yet stylish outfit. With the ability to become a staple in any woman’s wardrobe, the Marc by Marc Jacobs brand also stands out with the perfect flat. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Ballet Flat pairs bold snakeskin with the dainty style of a womanly shoe that any Catwoman would approve of.

Lauren Conrad and Chloé Ballet Flat

Lauren Conrad has taken quickly to her starlet status, launching a successful clothing line and career. Making headlines for her always-changing love life and hair color, she always seems on her way and on the move to her next successful endeavor.  Chloé is a classic brand that knows its way around a starlet or two. With a more-than-basic flat, this Chloé Ballet Flat isn’t just a comfortable alternative to the nude heel; it’s a work of art with its scalloped edges and a perfectly rounded toe.

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