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Stretch Your Wardrobe with Pointy Toe Flats

6a4178b4ee7e73c1aebc0e9c5509a125We all want to get the most fashion mileage out of our wardrobes as we can. An easy way to do that is to update an outfit with the latest shoe.

This spring pointy-toe flats will stretch your wardrobe more than any other flat out there. How so?

Classic ballet flats have long been a favorite because they’re feminine, comfy, and comfortable to wear.  Smoking slippers have more of a masculine vibe and have become popular too.

The problem is that both these types of flats look great with jeans or casual skinny pants but can sometimes look frumpy or a little girlish if paired with a skirt, dress, or dressy pants because of the rounded toe.

Pointy toe flats solve this dilemma. Since they’re finer, narrower, and have a sharp toe, they elongate your legs, making you look taller and more elegant. Plus, they’re so deliciously feminine. Here are a few of the most popular styles.

Black and White

Graphic combos are everywhere this season. If you don’t want to wear this mod look head to toe, why not try it in a shoe? Of course, a black and white flat with black or white looks fab paired with something in a bright, bold color or even worn with one of the new icy pastels for a striking contrast.

Add an Accent

Details like buckles, studs, toe caps, or chains on ankle straps can add a lot of interest to a pair of flats. The key is to keep it simple. You don’t want to go overboard, or it starts looking tacky.

Suedes, animal skins, woven leather all make flats more exciting. Anything animal print is a little edgy and sexy.

Go Nude

Shoes that closely match your skin color are not going away anytime soon. That’s because they blend in with your foot and make your legs look longer. It’s just what you want when you are wearing a flat shoe. Of course, a pointy toe helps too.

Pure Elegance

One of the most popular color combos this summer is tan mixed with white. Two-Tone flats are a good example of a shoe that’s ladylike and will make you look like a million bucks.

Shine On

Metallics are the new neutrals and look good with anything you wear. Try a flat in a soft shade of soft gold, silver, or even pewter.

Pop of Color

Bold hues are always a smart choice. If you are wearing bright on top, the current thinking goes with a quieter colored shoe, but if you go neutral or softer colored up top, go for a brighter, more colorful solid or patterned shoe. I love a bright shoe, and this year I’ve got a crush on a pair of orange flat Pebbled Pointed toe loafers to wear with a pair of cute cropped pants.

Playful

Sometimes girls want to have fun. I’ve seen some very playful pointed flats, including some that reflect the art as a fashion trend. There are many painterly patterns, including a pair of Matisse Kiley Flats I have been looking at that are full of personality. They’re cute for the weekends.

Will you be buying pointy toe flats? Let me know by commenting below.

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21 thoughts on “Stretch Your Wardrobe with Pointy Toe Flats

  1. I’m 5’11 and wear a size 11 and I often wear pointy shoes both flat and high. So what if they make your feet look longer!! When you’re tall and you look at them on your feet in a full length mirror, then judge how they look on you. For most part everything with look proportioned (your feet in balance with your height).

  2. I adore a pointy-toe flat! I don’t care if my size 9 feet look bigger. I usually go up 1/2 size anyway so I have more toe room.
    It’s a matter of perspective – when you look down at your feet they may appear larger but do other people really notice or care? I don’t think I’ve ever thought, “Golly, look at her huge clown shoes …”
    But that’s just me.

  3. I have quite long skinny feet and find that pointy-toed shoes tend to make my feet look even longer. Any tips on how to avoid this? Colours/patterns perhaps?

    1. Try to wear square toe flats which make feet look smaller.I am a tall girl but I prefer wearing platform heels as they really balance you whole look . But for starters , get some square toe flats.

  4. Just make sure you alternate your pointy shoes with some having more room in the toe box, or going barefoot. Pointed-toe (and especially the high heeled pointy ones) shoes that squeeze the toes are a major contributor to painful bunions and other foot/toe deformations. It’s more fun to wear funky flats with more toe space and tailor my wardrobe to go with them.

  5. Pointy toe flats? All the rage? Well, yeah, if you happen to belong to a coven! No, seriously, the pointed toes remind me of the Wicked Witch. They look stupid and silly.

  6. Oh no. I don’t like pointy-toed shoes. :( I’m 5’10 and wear a size 10/11 shoe and I feel like pointy-toed shoes make my feet look huge. And pointy. Maybe it’s just my own self-consciousness at being bigger than most women around me. Anyway, it’s nice to see some tall women here with the same issues I have of having a hard time finding decent shoes. At least I’m not alone. :)

  7. Thank you for the “pointy toe” idea … all my flats are rounded and indeed I felt a bit too girlish. I love those white with cherry & black accent flats you used in your article header. Where can I get a pair of those ;)

  8. I have a pair from a few seasons back. They are an animal print and I think they have a buckle. Should be right in tune with the current trends.

  9. I will not be purchasing pointy toe flats. I have never liked ballet flats either. In my opinion the pointy toes make one’s feet look bigger. This combined with being flat is not flattering. Another reason is the fact that there seems to be no arch support. As one gets older, many of us have foot problems, so although a flat shoe may sound more comfortable, it could in fact, aggravate a pair of aching feet. I tend to go for fashionable shoes, but with a company that has researched women’s feet such as Born among others. There is a top 10 best brands for comfortable dress shoes for women, if anyone would like to check it out.

  10. I love these shoes, I have a few pairs that I have gotten at consignment shops in the past year or so, and they look great on. They make your feet look fantastic! So glad that they are going to be one of the IT shoes of spring, they look great with everything!

  11. I wear a size 10 shoe. The last thing I need is a shoe that makes my foot look longer so I won’t be buying pointy toe flats.

  12. I’ve been eyeing a pair of pointy toe flats for a while now. I think it will be one of my next shoe purchases. My teenage daughter, who I think is quite in tune with the latest styles, says “eeew!” when I show them to her LOL. But then again, I purchased my Toms before she did :)

  13. Have to agree with Emily. I’m a size 10/11 (I’m nearly six feet tall!) and yes, finding cute shoes is a real problem.

    A lot of the time the only places that stock shoes my size are the discount warehouses – not exactly a great source of upmarket styles :(

    Women are getting taller – among the 20-something set I hardly stand out at all – so when are the designers going to catch up and make larger sizes?

  14. Manufacturers never consider those of us with long elegant feet. I’m used to having any shoe I want as long as it 1) comes in black and 2) is way out of style. I’d like to see bigger sizes in narrow widths.

    1. Hi Emily, The new pointy flats are more elegant but not always so narrow.I have found Zappos and Nordstroms (on line) tend to carry more styles and selections that most stores. Ladies, anyone else know of a good place to find a good selection of narrow sizes?

      1. There used to be a store for tall ladies fashions and shoes called Tall Girl. It might be called Long Tall Sally now? They had stylish footwear in larger sizes.

        1. I find pointy toed flats very uncomfortable. I must walk up and down stairs at work and need something stylish, yet more wearable. My rounded toe flats fill the bill. I also find the extremely pointed toes unflattering.