Professional women who want to dress appropriately for work while simultaneously giving their feet a much needed break have a number of formal flats to choose from this season. Among the three best formal flats for Winter 2011 are pairs sold by Anthropologie, J.Crew and Manolo Blahnik. Shoppers should bear in mind while looking around that certain styles of flats look more "professional" than others. Specifically, you'll want to opt for flats with a more elongated toe box that come to either a rounded point or actual point. You'll also want to look for darker and more "serious" flat colors, such as black, dark brown or dark blue, or a metallic color. All flat prices quoted in this article are accurate as of November 2011.
One of the more affordable pairs of formal flats which are perfect for the workplace are the Liisa Flats, courtesy of Anthropologie. These flats feature a smooth leather two-tone upper, as well as a leather insole and sole, and a slightly frayed decorative satin fringe at the heel. The lightweight Liisa Flats are available in three muted colors, taupe, black and navy, and are currently priced at $99.95.
J. Crew offers a slightly more expensive though still reasonably priced flat: the Cece Leather and Tortoise Ballet Flats, available in a lovely and warm shade of light brown, and priced at $138. Handcrafted in Italy, these flats feature a genuine leather upper with a tortoise-printed toe cap, arch supports, and a cushioned insole. Lastly, there's the most expensive formal flat for Winter 2011: the Manolo Blahnik Totita Point-Toe Bow Flat, which is priced at $495. This elegant flat sits on a low and comfortable 1/4 inch heel, and features a black or navy blue suede upper, leather lining and sole, padded insole, and tasteful decorative bow at the shoe's front.