Flat shoes have always (somewhat) taken a backseat to their high-heeled counterparts that can instantly make an outfit look glamorous. Contrary to popular belief, though, flats aren’t just your comfortable go-to shoes for long walks and commutes–they can make you look dressed up, too. Your legs may need rest from killer heels, but that doesn’t mean style has to take a break. Here are tips to look extra fab with flats.

1. Go big or go home.
Lace-ups make a colossal fashion statement. You don’t need to overthink the rest of your outfit when you’re already wearing a pair like these head-turning gladiator sandals. Match them with basic pieces to keep the look streamlined and uncluttered.

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Twink Kerry Flats, P2,998; Zalora Netted Low Back Fit and Flare Dress, P1,299
Twinky and Zalora Clothing are available at Zalora.com.ph.

2. Nothing beats a classic.
Channel your inner Parisienne and own those classic brogues, oxfords and ballet flats like nobody’s business. The key is to make it look effortless and let your natural je ne sais quoi shine with simple, chic pieces.

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3. Pick an unusual color or pattern.
Make your flats the focal point of your outfit by opting for an interesting mix of hues and texture. This will definitely add a certain "oomph" to your look, whether you’re wearing it with your favorite skinny jeans or a playful skater skirt.

Melissa x Jason Wu Flats, P3,250
Melissa is available at Shangri-La Plaza and at www.melissaphilippines.com.

4. Pointed-toe flats are just as glam as pointed-toe heels.
What is it about pointed-toe shoes that magically makes you look made up and fancy? Believe us when we say that whether it’s heeled or not, this style will make anything look polished and sophisticated. Wear them with anything from shorts to dresses.

Pointed Toe Flats

5. Take your street style up a notch.
Thanks to the sports luxe trend, today's sneakers and sliders can take your dressy outfits or your urban style to a whole new level of chic. To cop this look, take luxe fabrics or pieces normally reserved for a glitzy night out (like your tailored blazer or that sexy leather skirt) and pair them with sporty kicks.

Sports Luxe

PHOTOS: Instagram @songofstyle; Polyvore @fashionlandscape, @tiashay, @beautifuleleanorjane
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