London Sole

Best Flat Shoes, August 2013

In a city where a staggering number of women hover five inches above the rest of us on platforms and stilettos, some of us prefer to be more grounded. If it ain’t flat, it doesn’t make it through the door at London Sole. British shoe designer Jane Winkworth, who opened the Santa Monica shop in 1989, sells ballet and smoking slippers in every color and material, from oxblood patent crocodile to glitter. Dig through the bins near the cash register, where one-offs or pairs that were lightly used on photo shoots are deeply discounted at $50 (regular prices range from $165 to $245). Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton wears London Soles—not that we care (we so do).