I have worked in fashion for nearly a decade, and during this time, I've probably worn high heels — we're talking four inches or above — to the office or an industry event a dozen times, tops. Despite my decidedly non-modelesque stature of 5'3", I've suffered through enough years of intense ballet training and avenue-long walks with excruciating blisters to know that, for me, the illusion of height is not worth the pain.
Fortunately, I am not alone: Lots of women share my affinity for flats and low-heeled shoes — especially now that luxury brands and sportswear giants alike are locked in a vicious competition to see who can design the buzziest sneaker on the market. Louis Vuitton Arclights, Virgil Abloh's Off-White Nikes, Yeezy Boosts and Gucci's classic white Aces are just as much status symbols as an "It" bag, and though I am not one to spend upwards of $500 on sneakers, their popularity within industry circles and beyond makes it easy to get lazy and just throw on cozy trainers with anything, anywhere.
However, as a 30-something woman, I often feel like my shoe collection is lacking in sophisticated-yet-practical options for my day-to-day career. Though I spend much of my time sitting at a computer (in sneakers), I'm in need of something more elegant for the occasional market appointment, runway show, power lunch or face-to-face meetings. These white slingbacks by Bulgarian brand By Far recently caught my attention, and with their two-inch heels and neutral shade of leather, they could easily replace my worn-out loafers or basic tennis shoes without too much discomfort. This isn't to say that my sneaker-loving days are over, but a girl's got to have options — especially when her job might require her to cover a fancy dinner or interview Karl Lagerfeld at a moment's notice.
By Far Danielle leather slingback pumps, $415, available here.
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