If high heels are inherently sexy, then man-style flats should, in theory, be the opposite. And yet they're not. They exude their own sensuality, especially when they bare a feminine ankle and a powerful attitude.
We need not even go into what a savior they can be for the working woman's feet.
Right now, it's hard to go past a pair of shiny, masculine loafers. The best and most versatile pairs are sturdy without being too chunky, minimalist without bordering on mundane. Case in point: these elegant patent-leather beauties by Lanvin. With a cropped tailored pant, classic silk shirt and slick of lip color, you'd sail from workdays to weekends with a Parisian effortlessness.
And your feet won't even feel a thing.
I'm having daydreams of the Lanvin 'Mila' fringed loafer with our most classic Hepburn white shirt, an oversized wool-blend coat like this one by Chalayan the most minimal Stella McCartney tailored pants and - for a touch of color and softness - Charlotte Tibury's soft pink Hall of Fame lip lacquer. Keep accessories simple and hair even more so. With masculine-inspired classics, it's all about finding strength in simplicity.
Image: Shiloh Malka in Elle Spain, December 2014