Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world, said Marilyn Monroe. We may not go so far, but nice footwear will certainly win you brownie points at fashion week. When you need to be on your feet through the, killer heels don’t make for great accessories. Luckily for us, beautiful flats are here to save the day. Read on for tips on the flats to wear to fashion week and how to style them.


White sneakers are having a moment. Wear them with a dress, like super stylist Alia Al Rufai, or denims—a plain pair of white sneakers works fine. And if you thought your humble lace-ups wouldn’t make the cut at parties, find inspiration in Gigi Hadid who paired her pristine whites with a Versace LBD.


Canvas slip-ons may have seemed like old people’s shoes when we were young, but now—in quirky colours and prints—they are fashion’s coolest flats. Wearing your slip-ons with skinny pants is predictable. Combine ladylike dresses or laidback rock chic separates with a black and white chequered pair for a sophisticated daytime look.


For those channelling minimalism, a blast of colour via footwear will add spark to the ensemble. Shoes with graphic details or painterly motifs elegantly offset a grunge-inspired androgynous look a la supermodel Joan Smalls.


Toned legs will earn the spotlight with shoes that reach up to the ankles or higher. Pair shorts and jackets with gladiator-inspired footwear that draws attention to your legs as much as it does to itself.


Black ballet flats or loafers are just the right shoes when you want to channel geeky style. Alexa Chung can give you a lesson or two on how to ace the schoolgirl style with grownup flair.


Whether you’re wearing dhoti pants or a maxi dress, a pair of open-toed or closed jootis can give your outfit an elegant ethnic finish. Take a cue from Kangana Ranaut to channel desi bohemian style with a printed suit and mojris.