Trend Watch: Flat Feet on the Fall Runways

We like nothing better than a trend that's gentle on our aching arches, and happily, the latest runways offered plenty of foot-friendly fashion -- a look that can easily be adopted right now for spring.

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We like nothing better than a trend that's gentle on our aching arches, and happily, the latest runways offered plenty of foot-friendly fashion. Even at Chanel, where sky-high platforms usually reign supreme, footwear got a little flatter for fall, with exotic leather brogues and lace-up combat boots.
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At Lanvin, mini-heeled oxfords and loafers were a perfect compliment to all the structured pencil skirts and shift dresses.
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Even Rochas got in on the brogue/lace-up trend, and paired patent leather flats with ankle-skimming trousers and structured outerwear.
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The Dolce & Gabbana boys tend to favor sexy sandals and strappy heels over flats, but they shook it up this season with interesting (if adorably nerdy) printed point-toe shoes, made even cooler by the addition of slouchy ankle socks.
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Isaac Mizrahi always delivers clean lines and ladylike staples, and nearly every look in the fall collection was anchored by a pair of classic black flats.
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Some very unusual flat ankle boots ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez, giving the ultra-dressy separates and evening gowns a hip, casual edge.
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And speaking of hip and casual, Suzanne Rae is a verifiable master at both. Her fall collection was shown with a selection of cute Repetto kicks, including these bronze lace-up oxfords.
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Karen Walker stole our heart with her Northern England-inspired collection of "work wear" staples. Each look was paired with flat, military-style combat boots or clean canvas boat shoes.
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Oscar de la Renta knows his customer is seeking luxury as well as comfort, and these shiny lipstick-red flats offer plenty of both.
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Another flat-footed bootie made an appearance on Christian Cota's runway, this time lined in thick white shearling.
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A Detacher always produces easy, understated footwear that any downtown dame would kill for. This season was no exception, with a series of strappy flat sandals that pair beautifully with socks or hosiery.
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