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I used to love my high heels. They made me feel glamorous and sophisticated. But once I stopped working professionally outside of the home, I rarely had an opportunity to wear them. And on the occasion when I did put them on for a night out, I felt unsteady and uncomfortable. That is why it was so easy for me to cull my high heels out of my closet when I decided to create a capsule wardrobe.

But I wasn’t happy that I had to give up style for comfort. What the heck would I wear when I had to go to a wedding or a dinner party?

So I reached out to Gwen Allen for some advice. I knew she had been where I am at.

Gwen is the founder of Adrian Allen Shoes. She launched her company out of sheer necessity when her own hunt for elegant and comfortable shoes came up empty handed. Gwen collaborated with footwear industry experts and designed quality, feminine and sophisticated low heeled dress shoes.

First of all, flats are classified as shoes that have little to no heel with a flat sole. They can range from casual to elegant. That makes flats an essential part of style if you are creating a capsule or minimalist wardrobe.

If you choose your flats correctly,  you have just as much chance of flattering your outfit and appearance as you would with choosing high heels.



How To Choose The Right Flats For Your Minimalist Wardrobe


1. Select The Right Size

Age, weight and health can change your shoe size and your shoe width. The next time you are in a shoe store, go old school and have them measure your feet properly. You may be surprised.

These basic black flats go great with any outfit.

2. Make Sure They Are Comfortable

Could you wear them all day and into the night without your feet feeling pinched or tired?

These black flats pair well with high waisted jeans and a nice blouse.


3. Buy Quality For Endurance

When creating your capsule wardrobe, you want to choose pieces that will last. Quality craftsmanship and materials are more costly but when you consider the use in terms of years, quality turns out to be the bargain.

These black flats with an ankle strap are classic.

4. Go For Classic Style

Trendy colours and passing fads won’t see you through the seasons, year after year. Stick to classic and sophisticated styles.

This woman's simple outfit paired with black heeled flats is adorable.

5. Must be Versatile

Your flats should be compatible with at least 3 outfits. The best choices will take you from day casual to night dressy effortlessly.

These patterned flats pair well with the simple black dress.


Creating a capsule or minimalist wardrobe is not about what you choose to give up. It is about what you choose to keep. Those pieces should be ones that you love, make you feel great and are super comfortable.

You can wrap yourself in style everyday with high quality shoes like those from Adrian Allen Shoes by clicking on any of the images above.

A special thanks to Gwen for sharing her knowledge, fashion sense and beautiful shoes here today.

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