• Tiis Ganda Is Not Your Style? 11 Pretty Flats for Special Occasions

    These shoes are made for comfortable walking yet still pretty on the feet!
    by Karla Magno Suguitan .
  • Tiis Ganda Is Not Your Style? 11 Pretty Flats for Special Occasions
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  • Some say flats are a faux pas to wear on special occasions. But for comfort-seeking, multitasking moms, it's all about survival mode. Kudos to the glamazon mamas who can rock sky-high stilettos with tots in tow. For some of us, however, we  tend to stick to the safer, more grounded alternative for carrying or chasing our little ones especially during family or work events. 

    Even if tiis ganda is not your style, your shoes do not have to be drab and boring. It’s all in the details. Here are 11 comfortably chic festive flats for your next special occasion.

    Golden Girl

    Gold never gets old, so wear it like these pretty Prim Soles Lily sandals (Php699). It’s minimal enough to not scare the faint of heart and you can also show off your pedicured toes. It will virtually put the finishing touch on your outfit. You also might be able to find a similar style for your little girl if you want to do a bit of shoe-twinning.

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    Cheerful Pom-Poms

    Pompoms are a nifty 3D detail to have on your footwear. This ball of fluff has made an appearance in various kinds of shoes, but one design we love is Meraki’s Gigi Sandals (Php750). Accentuated with aztec-inspired straps, these sandals have a unique texture to compliment a boho-styled mama. If anything, these just look so darn fun, your kid might even want to play with it when you’re not looking.

    Flower Power

    Thanks to the resurgence of fashion house Gucci, a modern take on flora and fauna embroidery has made its way into every woman’s closet. Hue Manila’s Mimi (Php850) showcases its version of this blossoming trend against the backdrop of neutral black and mocha mules. It's simple, but very sophisticated. The mocha version would look fabulous with a white blouse and a khaki skirt. Meanwhile. try the black pair with a boatneck tee and dark denims for a casual-cool, mom on-duty vibe.

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    Velvet the Good Times Roll

    Another holiday fabric is velvet. This luxe textile used to only be a cold-weather staple, but it can be worn year-round in the right cuts and pieces. SoFab Velvet pointed ballerinas (Php999) are a chic, no-nonsense shoe option for the busy Christmas rush. It comes in colors like maroon, taupe, and beige. Pair it with a feminine dress or light culottes for a nice contrast.

    Posh in Patent

    Add a bit of gloss and shine to an otherwise simple outfit like a little black dress or a cropped pant. These are perfect for formal and professional occasions like a thanksgiving party with clients, but wear it for outdoor or kiddie parties, as well. It’s virtually dirt-proof due to the lacquer-like coating, so you can wipe off grass stains or juice spills in a jiffy. Patent flats from Something Borrowed (starts at Php999 at Zalora) come in black with a pointed toe, a classic must-have.

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    Red-dy to Mingle

    No other color is more merry and bright than red. The Fannie Bow Flat by Christian Siriano for Payless (Php1,125) has all the details to make it holiday-ready. It has an elegant side bow, a faux suede upper, a pointed toe, and it comes in a timeless crimson hue. A durable outsole gives you the comfort and confidence to wear it all day, party-hopping with your family, or while doing last minute Christmas shopping.

    Sweet Sexy Satin

    There's something so luxe about satin sandals. It instantly makes a jeans and tshirt outfit more adult, and looks even better with a formal dress for black-tie occasions. Sala Chaussures’ Odette Swandals (Php1,500 each or Php for three pairs) are a gorgeous pair of slides with elegant overlapping straps that mimic a swan’s silhouette. These come in an array of colors, with the sateen collection showcasing interesting shades like marsala, emerald, and old rose.

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    Razzle in Bedazzled

    A little bling doesn’t hurt. In fact, holidays are the perfect time to bust out the sparklies. These loafers from H&M (Php1,990) features a gold sequined applique with a textured Moroccan-esque weave. It’s stylishly comfortable and very regal. Pluck from the shoes’ color scheme to inspire your dress option if you’re feeling adventurous, but neutral colors and complimentary gold jewelry will definitely let this pair shine even more.

    Stripe for the Picking

    Here’s a statement shoe for fashionista moms. The Primadonna pre-holiday black and white print mules (price available upon request) are a stand-out pair. It’s great to wear with a monochromatic ensemble, but it can also do well with playful colors like kelly green and cobalt blue. The striped print should also play well with something in your kid’s wardrobe if you decide to be a little matchy-matchy.

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    Fur Festive



    The fur footwear trend seems like it’s here to stay. Instead of opting for the millennial- staple slippers like Puma Fenty (created and popularized by Rihanna), try out something like the Aldo Dorriety mules (price upon request), a gorgeous pair of slides with a nude pink faux fur and suede body. It’s fuzzy, comfy and, definitely shoefie worthy. There’s so many things to pair it with: an off-the-shoulder sweater with distressed denims, a sheer blouse and a pleated skirt, or even a light pantsuit.

    Glitter-rific

    For edgy mommas looking for an out of this world pair of shoes, check out Dr. Martens Rainbow Glitter Pascal (Php8,990). The price is steep, but it’s super sturdy for stomping around town whatever the weather. The real winner, however, is that uniquely sparkly exterior that is sure to instantly make you the coolest person in the room. Even your kids would say so!

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