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Being a few (or four) inches taller for a night out is sometimes a good thing. Becoming a few feet shorter after wedging your high heel into a crack in the pavement and face-planting is never that sexy. The answer, bruised friends, lies in autumn’s footwear saviour: the flat.

Alexa Chung, Lily Allen and even Rihanna are grounding themselves these days, and with all the new options, we can’t blame them. Office has a few clever picks, including one especially great pair dressed up with bows (another big trend). Or head to Shoe Shop, which offers a Chanel-type look for much less.

With those heels a bit closer to the ground, dancing all night should involve less pain. Having to stand on tiptoes in pictures is a small price to pay for looking so good.

– Jill Hilbrenner

Flats. Office Bow Shoe.