In fact, this year, you have your in classic ballerina flats, chic pointy-toed flats, and the trendy and chic smoking flats that are inspired by retro men's smoking slippers. And, there's even more in the dress shoes category to choose from, thanks to the season's trends towards luxurious materials like suede, velvet and satin, and the increasingly-popular use of rhinestones, bows and crystals on flat shoes for women.
The following list includes a wide variety of women's dress flats, ranging from simpler, more casual styles that would be ideal for dressing up jeans or leggings, to bona fide evening flats that could be worn with dresses, gowns or dressier suits.
Steve Madden 'Vegass' - Chic, Pointy-Toed Dress Flats
I'm absolutely crazy about these chic, simple, and all-around fantastic flats from Steve Madden. In addition to their less-than-80-dollar price tag; these shoes look luxurious, thanks to their rich, suede uppers; and the color choices - black, blue, glitter, leopard, or red -- can't be beat.
Sperry Top-Sider 'Emma' - Cute Dress Flats with Rhinestones
Granted, the 'Emma' isn't the dressiest style on this list, but the soft suede uppers and tiny, shimmering rhinestones make these shoes the perfect choice for dressing up otherwise-casual outfits, and they come in three great colors that are easy to pair up: black, gray, and berry. They're also pretty reasonably-priced at just under $110 per pair.
Kate Spade New York 'Nadira' - Women's Flats for Special Occasions
Available in pewter or gold metallic leather, these stunning dress shoes feature 3/4" heels, flat vamp bows, and rhinestone-encrusted embellishments that are so shimmery, they could nearly double as Christmas tree ornaments -- but of course, that's not nearly as fun as having them on a pair of shoes..
Steven by Steve Madden 'Valantne' - Smoking Flats for 2012
Available in black, blue, dalmation, or leopard, these shoes are simple and classic enough in design that, even long after the trend has passed, you could chicly pair them with jeans, leggings, or dress pants.
Vera Wang Lavender 'Lara' - Classic Ballerina Flats
If that's the kind of flats you're looking for, then you'd be hard-pressed to find a more versatile and attractive pair than these suede ballet flats from Vera Wang's Lavender label.
Available in loads of great colors, these shoes have barely-there heels, and a design that transcends trends.
Salvatore Ferragamo 'Varina' - Classic Flats for Women
The 'Varina' comes in a wide and ever-changing variety of materials and colors, so what you'll want to pair them with depends largely on which style you choose. And, while I personally adore this bordeaux suede version, I urge you to look around before making your final selection. As I said, there are loads of different finishes to choose from, and with a big purchase like this, you want to be certain you made the right decision.
Sole Society 'Sadie' - Budget-Friendly Dress Flats
Miu Miu 'Moccasin' - Designer Dress Shoes
Offered in blue or black suede, these Miu Miu loafers feature elaborate vamp bows, and metallic, crystal-embellished heels. In addition to turning heads just for their originality, these dress flats would be the perfect way to take a pair of dressy pants or a suit to a whole new level of evening wear.
Vince Camuto 'Timba' - Versatile Flat Dress Shoes
Perfect for adding a polished look to jeans, or for a chic alternative to high heels with dress pants, these versatile flats ring up at just under $100 per pair.