As I was searching for a stylish, comfy shoe to wear while strolling the streets of Italy when honeymooning in April, I came across these gems: the smoking flat.
Reintroduced in fall 2011, this flat that combines old-man masculinity and prep is a sister of the ballet flat and the driver, two classic wardrobe staples that can easily slip into the realm of stale footwear. But this trend, styled using luxe fabrics and animal prints, is anything but boring. Here are my top picks for the smoking flat, all of which could be appearing in my closet in the near future. (See more great looks at Fashionologie.)