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I'm 58, Always Wear Flat Shoes, and Will Never Retire These 6 Styles

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We routinely turn to Janet Gunn, the 58-year-old influencer behind The Grateful Gardenia, for sartorial guidance. And while age should have nothing to do with your style choices, we’re always interested in her fashion viewpoint specifically given her experience over the years building a well-rounded wardrobe. Today, we wanted to gain further insight into some of the go-to shoe silhouettes she swears by. And while she wears a variety, there’s one key style she wears on repeat and will never retire. Yes, flat shoes, given their comfortable and versatile nature.

Below, you’ll uncover the six flat shoe styles Gunn will never give up, complete with styling notes from her. And if you’re inspired in adding one of her must-have silhouettes into your arsenal as well, we also rounded up chic styles to consider if you’re shopping at the moment.

Oxfords and Monk Straps

"These are timeless shoe styles that tend to fly under the radar, but depending on how you style them, oxfords like those by Angela Scott are surprisingly versatile."

"Definitely a shoe for those who mean business."

Wearing: The Office of Angela Scott oxfords

Dr. Martens 1461 Bex Smooth Leather Shoes (£139)

"How this L.A. girl transitions an oxford shoe into summer."

Wearing: The Office of Angela Scott oxfords

Pas De Rouge Lotty Lace-Up Derby Shoes (£274)

"Easy and cool with this effortless vibe."

Wearing: The Office of Angela Scott shoes

Dr. Martens 1461 Smooth Leather Shoes (£119)

Rick Owens + Dr. Martens Bex Leather Brogues (£270)


"No shoe collection would be complete without a wear-with-almost-anything loafer."

"Loafers are perfect with a range of summer separates."

Wearing: Zara loafers

Zara Flat Track Sole Loafers (£46)

Porte & Paire Leather Loafers (£225)

Jimmy Choo Mani Crystal-Embellished Leather Loafers (£675)

Gianvito Rossi Argo Croc-Effect Leather Loafers (£650)


"Easy on and easy off, slides add the perfect effortless-chic look to any style."

"These Birdies are heavy on style but light as a feather on my feet."

Wearing: Birdie slides

Rag & Bone Parker Suede Slides (£200)

Balenciaga Home Logo-Embroidered Quilted Satin Slides (£350)

"Open-toe slides in a bright colour are so chic."

Wearing: Aquazzura slides

Alaïa Eyelet-Embellished Laser-Cut Raffia and Leather Slides (£590)

Valentino Valentino Garavani Go Logo Raffia Slides (£490)

Who What Wear Allie Mules (£65)

Ballet Flats

"Light and airy, a classic ballet flat can leave you feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all on your feet."

"Dressed up or dressed down, ballet flats are always on point."

Wearing: Chanel flats

Bottega Veneta Leather Ballet Flats (£535)

Khaite Ashland Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats (£560)

& Other Stories Pointed Leather Ballerina Flats (£75)

Flat Sandals

"The quintessential summer shoe, sandals scream happy and carefree. With an explosion of great styles to choose from, the hard part is deciding which ones to buy…"

"Love to feel the earth move under my feet with a vintage-inspired toe-strap sandal."

Wearing: Rag & Bone sandals

"These sporty sandals are big on comfort, even if you’re just running out for a curbside pickup."

Wearing: Roam sandals

& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Sandals (£95)

Porte & Paire Suede Sandals (£195)

Arket Flatform Slides (£125)

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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