I often feel bad when I'm asked to recommend a pair of dressy flats to someone who can't wear heels, because they can be really difficult to find.
This year, though, that's all different, because one of 2012's hottest trends is dress flats. There is a slew of pretty styles to choose from this season: ballerina flats, smoking slipper-inspired loafers, and pointy-toed flats -- and there's an an unusual abundance of those styles available in velvet, suede, or satin, and embellished as prettily as their high-heeled counterparts.
To see a few of the season's prettiest and most popular, be sure to check out these top picks in women's dress flats.
Pictured: Kate Spade New York 'Nadira' (Buy Direct)