If you weren’t paying close attention last week you may be unaware of the fact that not only has Hell frozen over, Christmas will be coming in July this year. And what is all this kerfuffle about you may ask? Once quoted saying, 'I just can't concentrate in flats', Victoria Beckham, 41, shocked attendees at her eponymous label's fall 2016 show in New York, when she took her final bow donning a pair of Adidas sneakers.

Known for her signature sky-high stilettos, it seems that the former Posh Spice will be hanging up her heels for good. “I just can’t do heels anymore,” she has said, “At least not when I’m working.” To put things in proper perspective, the former Spice Girl and Mrs. David ‘Bend It Like’ Beckham’s news is akin to megalomaniac Kim Kardashian swearing off selfies or the shapely Sofia Vergara claiming that she will wear potato sacks to all upcoming celeb events. Beckham’s conversion is a lot to process from the woman who once walked on a desk treadmill in platform heels. Shocking though it may seem, Ms. Beckham is not alone in her softening attitude toward flats.

In recent fashion shows, Giorgio Armani, Tod’s and Missoni all sent models down the runway in flats. All this really isn’t so surprising, given that the athleisure trend is gaining momentum. More and more women have been embracing comfort in their looks and converting to flats. Comfort be damned, we all know women who would be about as likely to trade in their beloved heels for flats as the late Charlton Heston would be to allow you to easily pry his gun from his cold, dead hands. However, it’s important to keep in mind that trading heels for flats has absolutely nothing to do with trading high-style for comfort. If you're searching for the perfect upgrade to the classic skimmer, look no further: The lace-up ballet flat is the one for you. Whether leather cord or grosgrain ribbon, laces are one of those simple details that pack a strong punch when it comes to taking any look to the next level.

Another popular look on the runway for the spring and summer is the pair of laced up sneakers that are casual but can certainly be dressed up. Red lacing and a black heel area can give it an even more casual look. We’ve even seen sling-back style sneakers gracing the catwalks, along with bootie styles and slides. Industrial flats, or ‘flatform’ sandals, are equipped with chunky straps and rocker-chic embellishments for a hard-hitting, high-fashion spin. Flat, gladiator sandals are also back in full force this season As lingerie looks and slip dresses are currently so popular, what better flats to pair them with than fancy slippers that are meant to be worn on the street for the ultimate in innerwear as outer-wear for your feet?

“The flat shoe makes the woman equal of men. When they have high [shoes], they play a part like a geisha, and they can't be expected to be taken that seriously.” Karl Lagerfeld

Photography by: Elodie Durand

Gladiator Sandal images: here